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SBD/July 31, 2013/Facilities
Published July 31, 2013
PEACH PIT: In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz noted the Falcons now are seeking to build their new stadium on the site north of the current Georgia Dome because the south site "is no longer feasible." But many team officials "prefer the south site because it makes more sense for redevelopment." Schultz wrote, "Regardless of whether you believe redevelopment will actually take place as a result of stadium construction, the north property seems far less likely to spur that kind of area development than the south property." Neighborhoods north of the Georgia Dome have "seemed resistant to a new stadium being put there because of traffic and noise concerns, while doubting they’ll see any benefit from the construction." Schultz: "Either way, this isn’t shaping up as a great public relations venture for [Owner Arthur Blank], who certainly had hoped to avoid such obstacles" (AJC.com, 7/30).
WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE: On Long Island, Laura Figueroa notes Forest City Ratner Cos. "has amended its proposal" for Nassau Coliseum to say that it will "hire the Disney Institute to train all arena employees in customer service." Forest City "contracted with the Disney Institute, a professional development arm of the Walt Disney Company, to train some 2,000 employees at" Barclays Center when it opened last year (NEWSDAY, 7/31).
GROUND CONTROL: In Chicago, Kathy Bergen notes McCormick Place officials have "filed a lawsuit seeking to gain control of a Lakeside Bank property needed for the development" of a DePaul Univ. arena and an adjacent 500-room hotel. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, or McPier, filed a "'quick-take' eminent domain lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court." Such lawsuits allow a government to "take immediate possession of a property if the court finds there is adequate public use" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/31).