You can change the location at any time. 100 million in Legion Field, Smithfield community? 30 million, five-year how would you invest 100 million dollars budget for improvements to city-owned Legion Field.
100 million plan to redevelop the Smithfield community by addressing housing, infrastructure and parks and greenspace. Council members spoke largely in favor of the proposed project during Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilor Lashunda Scales said the city needs to start renovating and maintaining its facilities. You have to invest in it.
Councilors took a trip to Atlanta last weekend to visit redeveloped Turner Field. The stadium was built in 1996 for the Summer Olympic Games and then converted into the Braves baseball park. Georgia State University purchased the facility last year and converted it into football stadium. 300 million development around the stadium will include private housing, retail space and corporate facilities. What’s the future use of Birmingham’s Legion Field? Parker withdrew a resolution seeking support from the council on the five-year Legion Field budget before it came to a vote. This came after Councilor Sheila Tyson and others asked if neighborhood residents have been taking part in the proposed plans.
Councilor Hunter Williams questioned whether the city has the money to support Legion Field improvements and a new downtown stadium. 5 million for parking lot upgrades. Legion Field is 90 years old. Following the meeting, Parker said he will go back and engage the community stakeholders, including neighborhood residents and business owners before taking the project back to the city council. We have some more homework to do,” he said.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Councilor Darrell O’Quinn said a lot of due diligence needs to be done on the Legion Field proposal. We have to evaluate the best use of public dollars to generate the best return of investment,” he said. The core motivation behind this discussion is leveraging the city’s assets – Legion Field being one of the most important assets – to drive revitalization and investment west of Interstate 65. Councilor Steven Hoyt said Legion Field needs to be revitalized. I just want to remind the public that Alabama doesn’t have a new stadium,” he said.