On Thursday, December 10th, The City of Atlanta, in partnership with Invest Atlanta, hosted the highly anticipated Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) public Kickoff Meeting at Fanplex. Approximately 200 community residents and stakeholders were in attendance to learn about the eight-month planning process, previous planning efforts of the communities and various ways to stay informed and involved.
Meeting attendees were invited to join the consultants at interactive work stations to provide input serving as a first step in the project data collection phase. The stations included the following themes:
ASK: Participants were encouraged to write questions on a chalk board and get real-time answers from Tim Keane, Commissioner, DPCD; Jessica Lavandier, Assistant Director, Office of Planning; Flor Velarde, Tax Allocation District Planning Specialist, Invest Atlanta; and John Skach, Project Manager, Perkins+Will.
LEARN: The purpose of this station was to learn local knowledge from the community as well as to provide information regarding the LCI process, the consultant’s initial findings of the study area and previous plans. By pinning comments to a large scale map of the study area, participants identified challenges and opportunities in the areas of transportation and connectivity, development and land use, services and amenities and recreation and open space.
WISH: A wish list of community’s aspirations was created at this station. The station also included a portion of the Healthy Living Exhibition by the Museum of Design Atlanta in which participants sketched their desires for the future of the Turner Field Stadium and the surrounding parking lots.
SHARE: The “Share” station was a video booth where participants were asked to record their answer to the question:What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood? The goal is to document residents’ voices in a way that reveals the essence of this place. This station also included the Beyond the Braves exhibition, which consisted of fifteen large scale photographs by Peoplestown resident Rick Laupus, that were part of a PhotoVoice project of the 303 Community Coalition, Inc.
ENGAGE: Community residents and stakeholders interested in learning more about the extensive public engagement process, volunteer opportunities and sign up to participate in stakeholder interviews and focus groups visited the registration booth.