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Tue November 26, 2013
Falcons Stadium Community Benefits Plan Clears Another Hurdle
The community benefits plan for neighborhoods near the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium took another step forward Tuesday.
At the Atlanta City Council's Community Development Committee, a few residents from the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium urged committee members to vote “no.”
“I’m appealing to you to reject the document that falsely and deceptively represents the wishes of the community,” said Anthony Motley, an English Avenue pastor.
Many residents are still concerned the plan includes only a list of broad suggestions on how to divvy up millions in community redevelopment money, rather than guarantees about which projects will be funded.
Nonetheless, the committee signed off on the plan 4-0.
Councilman Ivory Young whose district includes many of the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed stadium said the committee's vote to approve the plan is a major step forward.
“You spend your whole life wanting to see something like this happen to the benefit of your neighbors and the residents. We haven’t crossed any finish line but I’m so happy to see the progress we as an Atlanta family have made,” said Young.
The plan cleared a special committee Monday following months of frequently contentious negotiations between city officials and neighborhood leaders. After Tuesday’s Council committee vote, full Council can now vote on the plan next week.
The city can't release $200 million in hotel/motel tax funds to help build the stadium until the plan is finalized.