Wanted: Builder for new $672M stadium
by Jon Gillooly
March 26, 2014 04:00 AM | 4211 views | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to advertise for the hiring of the general contractor and project manager who will build the proposed $672 million Cobb County Atlanta Braves stadium set to open in 2017.

A selection committee composed of county and Braves staff will review the responses and recommend the finalists to commissioners.

County Chairman Tim Lee hopes to have the general contractor and project manager hired in the next six to eight weeks.

“My project manager will cost anywhere between $1 to $2 million over three years, and that will come out of the total cost of the stadium,” Lee said. “The general contractor, we have no idea what that cost will be, but that cost too will come out of the general cost of the stadium.”

Commissioners agreed to advertise for the two jobs in separate votes of 4-0. Commissioner Bob Ott was absent because of illness.

The board also agreed, in a 3-0 vote with Ott and Lisa Cupid absent, to pay Nashville-based Gresham, Smith and Partners $168,216 to determine the design and location for signs on Interstates 75 and 285 pointing the way to the proposed stadium.

Cupid left the meeting early to catch a plane.

“We’re going to need to get new street signs around the stadium,” Lee said. “You know how now you go down there (to Turner Field) and the green signs over the highway say, ‘the Braves stadium, go this way?’ Well, we’re going to have to redo the signs near us.”

Lee doesn’t expect the signs will go up until fall of 2016.

Finalists for Cumberland shuttle service The county selected two finalists for the job of designing a shuttle service which would operate within the 5.5-square-mile Cumberland Community Improvement District, helping to move Braves fans to and from their cars and the stadium.

The two finalists are San Francisco-based URS Corporation and Atlanta-based Metro Planning and Engineering.

Commissioners approved those two choices in a 3-0 vote, with Ott and Cupid absent.

County staff will now negotiate with both to determine the winner.

The shuttle is projected to cost $900,000 to assemble and about $850,000 per year to operate, Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director, has said.

DiMassimo said the closest system in the region to what the county has in mind is the Buc — Buckhead Uptown Connection — a shuttle service that provides connections between office buildings, transit stops and shopping.

‘About 99.7 percent support’

During the public comment part of the meeting, commissioners were cheered by John Loud, president of Loud Security Systems, who helped launch a website, CobbHomeoftheBraves.com, and paid for commercials to encourage residents to urge commissioners to vote yes in financing the Braves stadium last fall.

Loud spoke of his involvement in the community and the various business associations and boards he serves on.

“I know we’ve heard some folks through the past few months not so happy, but I’ll tell you, from listening to my customers, the coworkers, the business associations, the business community that’s out there, I will tell you from at least my perspective, you guys have got about a 99.7 percent support out there, and I hope that you will continue to make those steps, just as you already have tonight,” he said.

Local real estate broker and former Cobb school board candidate Bill Borden said he’s heard the same support for the new Braves stadium in his circles.

“Yeah, there is a loud minority out there, but everybody that I talk to is 100 percent behind you,” Borden said. “They’re thrilled to death. You know, I’m in the real estate business and we are already seeing the benefits of having Cobb home of the Braves. We’re already seeing people want to be here.”

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March 27, 2014
This is basic economic development: Attract a business like the Braves, and hotels, offices, restaurants and other investment will come, as we are seeing now. The Braves mixed use project, and these other developments, will pay property and sales taxes...which will more than pay for the county's investment in the stadium. The property taxes for the mixed use development alone will be $9 million, and that does not include sales taxes in the stadium and the mixed use -- and all of these other developments that we're now seeing. When that happens, the naysayers will say, "Oh, well those things would have come anyway." The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet both moved to the Performing Arts Center and saw significant increases in business -- and have generated business for local restaurants and hotels -- and increased county sales tax revenues, which go to both the general fund -- and to schools. Attracting the Braves, Opera and Ballet also attracts new residents, who buy homes and pay property and school taxes. All of the opposition to the Braves move was funded by Atlanta businesses. Why? Because they know how much of an economic, and image impact, a major league baseball team can have on a community. They invested thousands of dollars to fight that move...because they knew millions would be moving north if it happened.
Cobb Res
March 26, 2014
Yes everyone's 100 percent behind the stadium. NOT! Just wait until it's built and Cobb Taxes take the HIKE UP and then everyone will be singing a different tune
Just Sayin'....
March 26, 2014
John Loud just needs to stay away from the microphone and spend his time managing his business with the county. Hmmmm.....
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