With less than three years to build a major league ballpark, and hopefully a large retail and housing development next door, time is of the essence. Those involved told Channel 2's Ross Cavitt the first order of business is moving the huge colonial pipelines that right now run underneath what will be the stadium itself on the 80 acre site.
The work kicked into fast forward almost as soon as county commissioners approved the formal contracts with the Braves to put up to nearly $400 million of taxpayer money on the line for the new complex. The approval came in a contentious meeting that saw supporters grab all the public speaking spots leading to some of the opponents being escorted out in a loud huff.
Rich Pellegrino with the Citizens for Governmental Transparency was one of those, He says the one-sided debate only ended up helping opponents gather support.
“We've definitely attracted more members, more resources and some expert legal researchers we didn't have before because many people are up in arms,” said Pellegrino.
As the crews keep clear-cutting, opponents say they will plot their next move, in an attempt to stop the bulldozers altogether.
Those opposing the stadium have filed ethics complaints, and plan to contest the bond validation when that hearing comes up before a judge.