Design for City Hall’s urban farm has been selected, but...

City wants to finalize costs to build and operate farm before making grand announcement

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... city officials aren’t prepared just yet to announce what will take shape across the street from 55 Trinity Avenue.

Dave Bennett, a senior policy adviser to Mayor Kasim Reed, told CL last week that the city wants to determine how much it’ll cost to turn the proposal into reality - and operate it - before revealing the winner. Bennett says, things are quickly moving along. While he has no set timeline, the city’s “operating as fast as we possibly can.”

“I want to be completely confident that we have it all nailed before we stand in front of a microphone and say, ‘Here’s the plan,’” he says. “Who manages the construction? Do we operate it? Does the contractor operate it? What happens to the food when it’s produced?”