|College Football Hall of Fame organizers had to wait ?til the final moments of the General Assembly?s 2010 session, but they ended up scoring big. Last night, Georgia legislators agreed to include $10M in next year?s budget to buy land for the Hall.|
Given state finances, it's a huge win for the Hall. In September, Hall organizers, including Chick-fil-A Bowl executives, announced the attraction would relocate from South Bend, Ind, to Atlanta. While they acknowledged the $50 million structure would be built on or near Centennial Olympic Park, they clammed up when asked exactly where. We hear the above site at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Harris, owned by GE Capital Real Estate's InterPark, has emerged as a favorite. The goal is to open a 50k SF museum in 2012.
This morning, we called AJ Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress (above, center, during a Hall of Fame presser in Sept.), to get his take on the $10M. ?It's good to see the state of Georgia supporting Atlanta in its quest for this exciting project,? he says, before adding, ?We look forward to further support of equally worthy and larger projects like the Center for Civil and Human Rights. We are in a unique position as a city and state to cluster a number of new attractions that will have a huge economic impact.? In case you're curious, the other people in the pic we snapped in the fall are the Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership?s Doug Shipman and Cousins Properties' Chuck Winstead. Cousins is a candidate to develop the hall.