Atlanta City Council Member Cleta Winslow Issues Statement on Monday’s City Council Approval of the Gulch Project Agreement
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November 6, 2018
Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow Issues the Following Statement on Monday’s City Council Approval of the Gulch Project Agreement
“The Gulch project will help to jump start re-development for the southern end of downtown that has been devoid of good retail, restaurants and office space for over 30 years. This development is the gateway to further development in southwest, northwest and southeast Atlanta’s underserved and under developed neighborhoods.
This will also help create more balanced growth in other areas other than Midtown and Buckhead. I would like to thank everyone that spoke for or against this project and I thank all my colleagues on city council for asking astute questions.
“We are a true democracy and we provided transparency that included a city-wide forum, opportunities for people to express their opinions at no less than eight combined city council meetings and Community Development/Human Services Committee meetings. This is a victory for the city of Atlanta not just Districts 3 and 4.
“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a citywide forum that was attended by over 500 people in September. This process started on September 11 and finally came to a close on Monday, November 5.
“I have been on city council for 25 years and other than the 1996 Olympics, this was one of the most talked about projects (Citywide) where everyone, whether they were residents or non-residents of the city of Atlanta, had an opportunity to express their views. I feel that the democratic process was followed.
“I do want to point out to everyone that there are other tax incentive projects in Midtown and Buckhead that don’t receive as much attention as the Gulch project, but these developers and their developments get tax breaks as well. These tax incentives are awarded by other agencies other than by the city of Atlanta. There have been almost 100 projects that have received tax incentives/tax credits in Midtown and Buckhead awarded by other agencies. Furthermore, the Gulch has never been developed and because Norfolk Southern Railroad has owned a certain portion of the Gulch for the last 50 years, the company has NEVER had to pay City of Atlanta or Atlanta public school taxes.
“We must have more balanced growth in the city of Atlanta. I believe this project will provide just that – a much-needed economic shot in the arm that we desperately need. – Cleta Winslow, Atlanta City Council, District 4.