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City Councilmembers want downtown development task force

$500,000 master plan would look at linking proposed projects such as new stadium, train terminal

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  • Two Atlanta City Councilmembers say area needs master plan to prepare for development, link proposed projects such as new stadium, train terminal

Two Atlanta City Councilmembers want to form a task force to re-imagine downtown.

Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms are pushing a proposal that would create a technical advisory group that would create a master plan aimed at revitalizing the historic heart of the city.

The resolution creating the Downtown Development Technical Advisory Group was unanimously passed out of the community development and human resources committee on Jan. 15 and will be heard by the full Council on Tuesday.

The task force would focus on attracting more development and people to the neighborhood, Willis said. He wants to know why Atlantans “don’t want to come to downtown.” The $500,000 study would include looking at Underground Atlanta, which Mayor Kasim Reed thinks could be used more effectively.

“You can’t fix Underground without fixing everything around it and you can’t fix everything around it without fixing Underground,” said Willis.

In addition, the group will pay close attention to the areas surrounding the large number of government buildings that make up south downtown. In most Georgia cities, Willis said, the government areas are “the most pristine” parts of those cities. But Atlanta’s seems to be an exception to that rule.

“It’s flat out embarrassing,” Willis told CL.