Public Projects at Crossroads: Bellwood Quarry and Atlanta Civic Center
"Earlier this week, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond introduced a resolution asking Mayor Kasim Reed to consider replacing the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, the 47-year-old city-owned arts and entertainment venue in Old Fourth Ward that's likely to be sold and redeveloped, with a new facility adjacent to Bellwood Quarry," reports Max Blau.
According to Blua, Bond's resolution is "intended to be a 'conversation starter' for potentially building a public large-scale venue near the quarry."
Not just about what might be gained near the quarry site, the proposal is also about the potential loss of the civic center facility: "The resolution follows on a recent council action to allow Invest Atlanta to put the current 18-acre site of the civic center out to bid."
For the uninitiated, the article also provides background about the plans to transform Bellwood Quarry into Westside Reservoir Park [pdf], a 350-acre greenspace in Northwestern Atlanta, along with the differing political agendas that could determine the fate of the civic center.