The Center for Civic Innovation hosted a public event on April 22nd entitled "Underground Atlanta: Up for Discussion" that was the second in a series of conversations about the proposed redevelopment of Underground Atlanta.
A brief introduction was given to the neighborhood's history and the context of the City of Atlanta's selling of the 12-acre site. Kristi Rooks, the project developer for WRS Inc, then provided some insight on why they are interested in acquiring the property and what they are planning. WRS's plans include an anchor grocery store along with additional retail and housing. WRS expects to close on the $25.75 million purchase of the property in September.
Most of the evening session was focused on giving the public an opportunity to provide their thoughts on Underground Atlanta and the surrounding neighborhood. Participants split themselves up into 6 groups, each composed of 6 to 10 people, and were asked a series of questions that they could discuss as a group and record their thoughts on paper. You can read all the public comments in the attached PDF, but we have also created word clouds to provide quicker insight into what the groups had to say.
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SEE THE PRESENTATION HERE
COVERAGE OF THE EVENT:
- Redevelopment plans in future for Underground Atlanta (GSU Signal)
- Hoping to Resuscitate a Portion of the City’s Heart (New York Times)
- NYT: Underground could Anchor 'Reawakened Neighborhood' (Curbed)
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