Atlanta City Council to vote on agreement to initiate Atlanta Civic Center redevelopment

Atlanta City Council
3 min readMay 20, 2024


District 2 Atlanta City Council member Amir Farokhi

ATLANTA — On Monday, the Atlanta City Council will consider a resolution authorizing a 10-year agreement with the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, the Atlanta Housing Authority, and the Atlanta Civic Center to ensure compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act during a planned redevelopment. The redevelopment includes an affordable senior residential building, five multifamily residential high-rises, a 10-story hotel, a 12-story office building, commercial development and a charter school (25-R-3550).

Other items on the agenda include:

  • An ordinance authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Morehouse College and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority to redevelop the Southside Park sports complex on Jonesboro Road into the Henry Lewis Aaron Complex at Southside Park and authorizing the City to accept up to $3.8 million in donations to cover its share of the project (24-O-1217).
  • A pair of ordinances closing underdeveloped portions of Chickamauga Avenue SW and Sells Avenue to facilitate expansion of Enota Park, as outlined in the Atlanta Beltline redevelopment plan. The redesigned park will span eight acres and include a basketball court, activity field, splash pad, playground, large pavilion, and a solar shade structure, along with active, passive and forested recreation areas (24-O-1224, 24-O-1225).
  • A resolution authorizing the City to apply for a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s C-SITE program to fund the installation of solar- and battery-powered resiliency hubs in strategic buildings. The City’s Solar Atlanta Program has already installed 28 solar energy-generating stations in buildings such as fire stations and recreation centers. Battery storage technology is critical to maintaining energy supply during service disruptions and can serve as critical support centers during emergencies (24-R-3551).
  • A resolution authorizing the City’s Department of Labor and Employment Services to exercise an option to renew a two-year, $251,000 agreement with The Door LLC to operate a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) One Stop Career Center, which offers access to a wide array of job training, education, and employment services (24-R-3546).
  • An ordinance providing for the issuance of $600,000 in Airport General Revenue Bonds to fund improvements at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (24-O-1228).
  • An ordinance authorizing a $4,500 donation to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to continue its mission to educate and inspire visitors about the history of the civil rights movement and the continued struggle for human rights around the world (24-O-1223).
  • An ordinance accepting a donation from Atlanta Public Schools, allowing the City to install two markers on the Frederick Douglass High School campus to commemorate the school’s history as a civic institution (24-O-1227).
  • A resolution requesting the creation of a 10-member commission to determine appropriate honors for the 150th anniversary of the First Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops formed in Atlanta by Bishop Henry McNeil Turner (24-R-3001).

The City Council will present proclamations and recognitions in honor of the Maynard Jackson High School girls varsity basketball team, the Lady Jaguars, who captured the 2024 GHSA 5A State Championship; Goodwill Industries of North America CEO Keith Parker; Momentemps Inc. CEO Terrence Smith; Shannon Heath Longino for her 30 years of service to the City of Atlanta; and in celebration of National Public Works Week May 19–25.