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67% support Georgia State plan to build at Turner Field

In a scientific poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by SurveyUSA, 67% of people support plans for Georgia State University to build at the Turner Field site after the Braves move to Cobb County.

The question posed was: 'Georgia State University wants to buy Turner Field after the Braves leave, using a public-private partnership to build a 30,000 seat football stadium, a college baseball stadium, dormitories, classrooms, and retail stores. Do you support? Or do you oppose this plan?

The SurveyUSA results show 67% of adults polled support the plan, 19% oppose it, 14% are not sure.

Mayor Kasim Reed says he's gotten four offers for the Turner Field tract. Aside from the GSU offer, he says an alternative offer has come from a developer who has offered to buy the 77 acres outright for 45 to 65 million dollars -- with development plans still unspecified.

Reed declined to specify the other two offers. But he says the GSU project is the one he likes.

"What people will see is that by having a leading university in their community, and looking out their windows and seeing young women and young men matriculate at college is definitely a healthier view than looking at a stadium and a series of parking lots," Reed said. He added that there are many details of the GSU deal still to work out.