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Residents near Turner Field mixed about Braves moving

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The plan for the Braves to leave the city of Atlanta remains a hot button issue. It's especially a concern for those people who live near Turner Field.

Those in the Summerhill neighborhood are now preparing for what they want, if and when the team moves.

A couple dozen people who live in Summerhill voiced concerns and asked questions of their fellow neighbors during a meeting Monday night with a panel volunteer community organizers.

With the Atlanta Braves likely leaving Turner Field, what does it mean for the 400 or so families who live there now?

"It's shocking to have the Braves leave. But, at the same time it opens up a huge door for us to really create what we want," said Suzanne Mitchell, president of Organized Neighbors of Summerhill.

Several people in the crowd agreed, saying it's just fine with them if the team leaves. It gives them a blank canvas with which to rebuild an area that's taken its share of hits.

"This community has gone through 60 years of despair with (interstates) 75/85 crushing the community, then Fulton County Stadium crushing the community, then the Olympic Stadium crushing the community, then 20 years of parking lots crushing the community. It has had a tremendous amount of impact on the people in these neighborhoods," said Mitchell.

Longtime resident Kelly Howard said the Braves haven't done anything for the neighborhood.

"The bottom line is," she said, "we weren't sentenced to live here. We chose to live here. And this is a great community to live in. And we're just gonna move forward. "

Tracey Sanders also agreed, saying she loves the idea of having a blank canvas.

"I'm torn in the middle. I love the fact that the Braves are here. And I would love them to stay. But if they go that just gives us another opportunity to do something even better."

The group of neighbors agreed to start making plans and outlining the changes they want to see there. They also learned the city will create a task force to hear, and they hope push, for their new rebuilding ideas.

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