Mayor Reed Says Braves’ “Lack of Interest” Claims are Untrue

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We reported earlier this week that Braves’ President John Schuerholz spoke at a meeting in Vinings this week about the organization’s decision to leave downtown Atlanta for a new home in Cobb County. He stated that while the Braves did everything they could to get the city to allow them to construct a mixed-use development around Turner Field in order to fix some critical traffic and access issues, they were met with very little interest from the city and “had no choice but to start looking” elsewhere.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released a statement just a day later stating that Schuerholz’s claims were “inaccurate and unfortunate.” Reed also stated that there are correspondence records, which have already been released to the public, that show that the mayor’s office was in good-faith negotiations with the Braves to keep them at Turner Field. The statement released by the Mayor’s office said that they were “in the process of vetting [the Braves’] demands when [the Braves] suddenly, and without warning, announced their intentions to move to Cobb County in early November.” Reed ended his statement by saying, “We wish the Braves well in their new home, but any notion that we were not engaged to keep them in the city is utter nonsense.”

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