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Grant Park residents question "homeplate" parking plan

11:37 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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Chipper Jones' number 10 in the outfield of Turner Field

ATLANTA, Ga. -- We received an email from a Grant Park homeowner stating that she is impacted by the new Summerhill  initiative aimed at preventing Braves fans from parking in surrounding neighborhoods and forcing them to park in paid lots.

She shouldn't be impacted.

But here is where it gets interesting -- Karen Futch owns a home in Grant Park -- we'll let her explain.

"Across the street is Summerhill, where we stand now is Grant Park- -Grant Park does not have to pay any kind of parking permits but I do because I'm across the street from Summerhill

Jeff Hullinger replied,"You're in Grant Park- -you don't have to pay!

Karen added, "That's correct!."

While Karen Futch of Grant Park was at work two days ago,a sign goes up in front of her Connally Street home, a few blocks from Turner Field. It proclaims parking rules for the new Braves season, thus, impacting Karen and her neighbors

" I haven't had a chance to talk with my neighbors because it's only been two days."

Basically, the sign states that for 80 Braves games, she can't park for 7 hours, or at the very least, has to pay for two permits. However, there are three people who live in the house with 4 vehicles - two will get ticketed and fined- -that's $25 a ticket.

"I was surprised we received no notification and we were told within 2 business days we have to have permits and have it all taken care of.

Karen says she called the Grant Park precinct of Atlanta Police and spoke to a Lt., he didn't know anything about the signs.

She called Park Atlanta and was told, though a resident of Grant Park, she must apply for a Summerhill parking permit and thus would be charged to park outside of a home she owns in Grant Park.

 I'm going to go to city hall and raise cane.

We reached out to city government Friday night and have not had a response so far.

We'll stay on top of it.

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