Paul’s remarks came during the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs’ weekly luncheon Monday at the Hilton Perimeter Suites hotel. The Braves plan to build both a $672 million stadium and a $400 million mixed-use development surrounding it.
“It’s going to have an impact — particularly on the Powers Ferry [Road] area,” Paul said. “The Braves are really good at baseball, but they’re learning development.
“They’re learning that it doesn’t quite go as smoothly when they’re up at night dreaming about their new facilities in Cobb County and how they’re going to put it all together.”
Case-in-point: One of the team’s parking plans involves leasing space from building owners in the Cumberland area.
“They’re finding [out] that some of those landlords are not quite as fired up about allowing baseball parking in their corporate parking decks as [the Braves] thought they might,” Paul said. “And, as a result, their parking issues have become a little more challenging.
“They have actually begun to look in the Powers Ferry area of Sandy Springs — according to [an Atlanta publication]. … There’s just not a lot of baseball parking available.”
The mayor said he and Braves management will soon meet to discuss concerns and issues on both sides.