Public Projects at Crossroads: Bellwood Quarry and Atlanta Civic Center

While the plan to transform the Bellwood Quarry into Westside Reservoir Park waits, as it has done for eight years, an Atlanta councilmember proposes locating the endangered Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center near the site.
July 29, 2014, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"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.

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Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Creative Loafing Atlanta
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