City pulls controversial stadium-area parking plan

10:00 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The residents of Castleberry Hill fought city hall and actually won. The mayor's office pulled its proposal to create a twelve block parking district a few hours after a story about it aired on 11 Alive news.  In the story, a resident speculated it would create an "asphalt jungle."

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"The legislation is dead. We are not moving forward with it," said Carlos Campos, spokesman for Mayor Kasim Reed.

"We are a grateful community," said Robin Gagnon of the Castleberry Hill Civic Association. "We are excited that... whatever pressures came to bear worked to unite us in a common goal, which is to preserve a historic special neighborhood."

The proposal would have created what the ordinance called a Georgia Dome Parking Overlay District. It was directed at the numerous gravel lots on the neighborhood's south flank -- which sit just a few blocks from the Georgia Dome.

The lots get crowded and noisy on game days. Residents have been asking the city to reduce the rogue lots. The proposed district, they feared, would have had the opposite effect. The city agrees it was ill-advised.

"This legislation should not have been brought forward, period," Campos said. "The important thing is that we recognized it and moved to fix it."

City officials say the new Falcons stadium will require a new approach to parking. Next time though, they say they'll include the community first.

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