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Atlanta Sets Up Trust Fund For Turner Field Neighborhoods

Apr 18, 2017

Neighborhoods around Turner Field could soon benefit from the sale of nearby city-owned properties, according to legislation the Atlanta City Council approved Monday.

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The bill would send money from sales into a trust fund that could be used for affordable housing or job training.

Council Member Alex Wan said the redevelopment of Turner Field warranted the new law.

“I do think that this being an extraordinary event, the community deserves to have the support from those transactions,” Wan said.

Georgia State University bought Turner Field with its partnering developers last year.

Students and activists have called on the university to negotiate a benefits agreement with the surrounding communities.

Lindsay Wilson, a Georgia State student, said the city council members’ vote didn’t accomplish that, but it was a step in the right direction.

“I mean, they owe it to the community to give them something back,” Wilson said.