Tensions have run high from the beginning over how much say residents of the communities near the $1.2 billion stadium will have on spending community benefits funds. The money is geared toward developing project-specific goals to address environmental impact, traffic congestion, public safety concerns and potential gentrification.
The communities will receive $15 million from the Westside tax allocation district and $15 million from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Organizations must apply to receive any funds to both Invest Atlanta, which oversees TAD dollars, and the Blank Foundation.
Though the legislation has already been submitted to the city council, the final plan approved Monday by the benefits committee will also be provided to the council’s community development/human resources committee Tuesday for consideration. If approved by that body, the legislation heads to the full council next week.