Written: May 24, 2017

Sarasota, Fla., OK’s deal committing Braves to spring training facility through 2048

The Atlanta Braves would be committed to spring training in Sarasota County, Fla., through at least 2048 under final agreements unanimously approved this week by the county.

The facilities and non-relocation agreements receiving unanimous approval this week also commit the Braves for paying for any cost overruns for the $75 million to $80 million complex in North Port, Fla., and set an October funding deadline. A key piece of funding still pending is a $20 million state grant; the agreements pave the way for that grant application, according to a story Tuesday in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Sarasota County’s vote Tuesday was perhaps the most important to date to finalize the team’s move that has been more than two years in the making.

“We’re now the dead center of Major League Baseball,” Commissioner Charles Hines said. “Even if you don’t go to those games or don’t like them, it adds another feather to our cap, our community … we’ve got it all; what a great opportunity.”

Plans for the complex include a roughly 8,000-seat stadium, practice facilities and public multi-use fields. It will be located just south of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota campus near U.S. 41 and River Road in the West Villages commercial and residential district.

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Nearly 50,000 pack ​Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta for Shaky Knees Music Festival

Nearly 50,000 Rock music fans packed Centennial Olympic Park for the fifth annual Shaky Knees Music Festival just one week after about 46,000 dance music fans descended on the park for the second annual Shaky Beats Music Festival.

The festival featured headliners The xx, LCD Soundsystem and Phoenix with support from Cage The Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind and Portugal. The Man. In total, more than 60 bands performed on three stages over the course of the three-day rock music festival.

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Details emerge about Centennial Olympic Park makeover

New images and details have emerged of the $25 million renovation now underway at downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park.

Todd Hill, director of the Atlanta office of DTJ Design, which is completing the design of the park, made a presentation to Georgia World Congress Center Authority officials on Feb. 28.

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The Atlanta Falcons are going to Super Bowl LI

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Announcement!

BGI Waste Services can now be found on Thumbtack and Hometown Dumpster Rental & Demolition Services.

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Assembly developer: Project to break ground this quarter

After months of silence, the redevelopment of the Doraville General Motors plant is moving forward and is slated to break ground by the end of the first quarter.

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Reed says self-driving cars coming to Atlanta

Self-driving cars are coming to Atlanta, at least according to Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed, at the Detroit Auto Show, said that self-driving cars helped him leverage a major deal for the city, according to 11Alive, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s broadcast partner.

Reed said he was able to reduce the price of a $1.5 billion parking deck at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to $800 million. He believes self-driving cars will soon make large-scale parking decks a thing of the past.

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The Masquerade leaves home in Old Fourth Ward, officially moves to Underground Atlanta

The Masquerade will no longer be one of the Old Fourth Ward’s main staples as it now has a new home in Five Points.

The music venue said every advertised show going forward will take place in the new Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory locations in Kenny’s Alley of Underground Atlanta. Parking for the venue will be in the MLK parking deck with the Underground Atlanta neon sign while the taxi and Uber drop off and pick up point is located at the corner of MLK Drive and Central Avenue, next to the old World of Coke.

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What can help retail along the Midtown Mile?

Walk down Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, and between 10th and 14th streets, you now see several retail vacancies.

Mi Cocina restaurant, a concept out of Texas, just shuttered its location at the 12th & Midtown development, adding to the previous closures of home decor store CB2 and clothing shop Republic of Couture.

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Ivanka, Tiffany Trump campaign in Georgia

Ivanka and Tiffany Trump hit the campaign trail together on Wednesday afternoon in Georgia, where they spoke with GOP volunteers and businesswomen.

First on the itinerary was the Cobb County Republican Headquarters in Marietta, where Ivanka described her father as an ‘amazing man,’ according to a report in the Daily Mail.

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