COBB COUNTY, Ga. - The Atlanta Braves scored a home run in Cobb County on Tuesday.
The planning commission approved its massive stadium and development.
Braves officials gave the planning commission a more detailed look at their planned stadium and mixed use complex, providing new renderings and insight on what the 80-acre project will look like. They said that since the Braves will be calling this place home, they will do it right.
"Their employees, their staff, their executives are going to live there for 30 years. They guarantee the stadium is something Cobb County is going to be proud of," Braves attorney James Ballie said.
The meeting was far from a Braves cheerleading session, as several people complained about the county simply giving the ball club everything they wanted without considering neighbors, including a condominium community nearby.
"The Atlanta Braves have politely and firmly brushed aside requests to meet and discuss concerns ranging from safety to traffic to parking and trash and noise," Ellen Smith with Waterford Place Condos said.
Genuine Parts, a longtime Braves sponsor with headquarters near the new ballpark, have complained the Braves parking plans across the street might force them to move.
"This is going to kill the use and usability of Genuine Parts property," said Clay Massey with Genuine Parts.
However, despite commissioners continued worries about parking and traffic, they gave the zoning changes a unanimous thumbs up, and voted to recommend the county commission approve the stadium and development plans.
"That's what today was all about -- the culmination of those two things coming together and again, we're confident we're going to deliver at a level that most people haven't seen and can't imagine,” Braves Vice President Mike Plant said.