Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative
1,340 acres / 542.28 hectares
The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), a regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county metro area in Atlanta. The LCI program awards planning and implementation grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations for the enhancement of communities by reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices.
The Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods LCI was not your typical LCI project. Located at the bullseye of the Atlanta Region and at the intersection of some of Atlanta’s most ambitious plans, it not only included the 1996 Centennial Olympic Stadium (now home to the Braves), but it also encompassed several of the city’s historic neighborhoods that have been negatively impacted by urban renewal projects of the last half century. Noting this importance, the ARC awarded this LCI the most funding for a single project since its beginning 20 years ago.
With the Braves playing their final season downtown and the City actively negotiating the sale of the property to Georgia State University, this is a highly anticipated community plan with the potential to reshape the south side of Atlanta.
The planning team, led by Perkins+Will, conducted an extensive and unconventional public engagement process that reached over 1600 community residents and stakeholders and provided the critical feedback needed to build a bold plan that benefits everyone. Most importantly, the planning team facilitated dialogues in which the community was encouraged to shape a common vision for the future of the area that was both realistic and ambitious while celebratory of the historic significance of the site.