UPDATED: Mayor Bottoms Encourages Public to Learn About Gulch Deal, Voice Concerns and Ask Questions
A flier for the meeting.
In response to the Atlanta City Council pumping the brakes on the Gulch development deal, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is inviting the public to come discuss the plan. The meeting will be livestreamed on the City of Atlanta’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Atlanta City Hall according to city officials. Bottoms will be explain her vision for the Gulch, hear the public’s concerns and answer questions. Also in attendance will be: Roosevelt Council, Atlanta’s chief financial officer, Attorney Peter Andrews, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Attorney Alvin Kendall, The Kendall Law Firm; Attorney Doug Selby, a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; Ralph Dickerson, of the Department of Finance for Atlanta; and John Gaffney, deputy chief financial officer for Atlanta.
Earlier this month, Atlanta Loop reported the city entered into a conditional agreement with developer CIM to build out the economically depressed area of downtown known as the Gulch. Bottoms called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and urged the council to approve the agreement on Sept. 17.
It became clear Bottoms did not have council support, and she scuttled the vote in the 11th hour. “We recognize and respect that members of council, and the public, need more time to understand the largest development deal in our city’s history,” Bottoms said in a statement.