The Atlanta City Council is moving forward with selling Turner Field to Georgia State University.
Dozens of residents came to speak out against the agreement, which the council voted to approve on Monday. Members of the Turner Field Benefits Coalition had pushed for legal language to prevent displacement and secure specific benefits for community members.
Peoplestown resident Charese Brown says without a Community Benefits Agreement laid out before hand, she and her neighbors are at the mercy of developers.
“We want a binding contract. And today, it was disgraceful,” Brown said. ”It was just like a kick in the face.”
City Council Member Carla Smith says the city and developers have taken every opportunity to meet with residents.
“I’m glad to sit down and work with them,” said Smith.
But that the agreement was just an early step in the $300 million redevelopment plan. Fulton County will also need to approve the measure.