“We allowed the group to keep the tents up for more than two months, but the time has come for the university to clean up the property and move forward,” Spillane said in the statement.
The Housing Justice League, an organization focused on the housing crisis, said on Instagram that GSU police raided the camp at 6:45 a.m. The caption, in part, said: "They did not give us any warning. There was no opportunity to gather any belongings. They destroyed everything. But we will not be intimidated into backing down."
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💪🏽 #nocbanodeal ⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️⛺️ You can tear down our tents but you can't touch our spirit. ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼✊🏽✊🏼
Police allowed tent owners to move their property to the street and will store the rest of the abandoned tents and property until their owners claim them, GSU said.
The school and developer bought the 68-acre site last year for $30 million and put forth a redevelopment plan that includes a mix of retail, offices, student housing, apartments and a southern extension of Georgia State's campus. Plans also call for The Ted to become a football stadium and a new baseball field to go where the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium used to be.
Some residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field — Summerhill, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh and Grant Park — are concerned that the promised investments will not benefit everyone. (Henry Taylor/AJC)