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Atlanta mayor wants departure date from Braves

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.

— Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants to know when the Atlanta Braves will leave their downtown stadium so the city can move forward on redevelopment efforts, according to a letter sent to the team.

Reed and Fulton County Recreation Authority Chair James Hughes said in a June 20 letter that a firm exit date is "essential to clearing the path for the authority, the city and Fulton County to collaboratively move forward with a new vision for Turner Field and the continued revitalization of the stadium neighborhoods." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained a copy of the letter using the state's open records law.

The letter marks the first correspondence between the city and the Braves since the team announced in November that it plans to leave for a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017.

Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall said the team received the letter and has sought a meeting with Reed's office. The baseball club has until Jan. 1, 2016, to formally notify the recreation authority of whether it will seek a five-year extension of its lease.

Since the team's announcement, city officials have made several announcements about potential buyers. For example, Georgia State University and a team of developers unveiled a proposal in May to convert the area into a $300 million mixed-use complex.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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