Pre-permitting process begins for Atlanta Sports City’s groundbreaking
Bill Rowse (wearing red jacket), Vaughn Irons, Ray Bernabei, and Chris Daniluk discuss their site plans with Mayor Jason Lary, Economic Development Manager Sabrina Wright and Assistant City Manager Plez Joyner. Photo provided

Pre-permitting process begins for Atlanta Sports City’s groundbreaking
Bill Rowse (wearing red jacket), Vaughn Irons, Ray Bernabei, and Chris Daniluk discuss their site plans with Mayor Jason Lary, Economic Development Manager Sabrina Wright and Assistant City Manager Plez Joyner. Photo provided
Bill Rowse (wearing red jacket), Vaughn Irons, Ray Bernabei, and Chris Daniluk discuss their site plans with Mayor Jason Lary, Economic Development Manager Sabrina Wright and Assistant City Manager Plez Joyner. Photo provided

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary and city staff members met with developer Vaughn Irons and the Atlanta Sports City staff on Jan. 31 to begin plans for the construction of the first athletic fields for the sports complex project at Stonecrest.

Irons and Chris Daniluk, CEO of Deluxe Athletics, will be applying for permits to build six multipurpose fields and three baseball fields on Mall Parkway.  The multipurpose athletic fields can be used for sports ranging from soccer to lacrosse.

Construction of the turf fields will begin around March 15, with a targeted completion by the end of June.

“We already have tournaments scheduled for July,” Irons said.

The complex will be built on a 197-acre tract west of the Mall at Stonecrest and will feature a 15,000-seat stadium, outdoor multi-use fields, sports diamonds, indoor courts and a restaurant and entertainment area.

Daniluk, whose company will be responsible for the construction of the fields, said he plans to submit the proper plans and apply for the grading permit before the end of February, city officials announced in a news release.

The mayor said the construction would involve a change to the Stonecrest overlay district. An ordinance must be adopted to change the overlay district allowing for the construction of athletic playing fields. Lary said that he and his staff will do whatever it takes to get this project off the ground and make Atlanta Sports City a success.

3 comments

  • Faye Coffield

    February 3, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Why are they taking the last large available prime retail site and turning it into soccer fields? e is the athlete store that was suppose to open on the first floor of the Kohl’s building. Where are the restaurants that are suppod to be on the second floor of the same building? Where is all the development that was supposed to come the first day Stonecrest became a city? The community needs to know how this will impact it? And doesn’t the ARC have to approve this? I still believe this is a result of another newspaper doing an article on the delay in getting this off the ground. BTW will someone please tell them the
    sign outside their headquarters has been falling down and hanging on one sid

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  • S

    February 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Initially when I first heard about the ASC project,I was elated.” Finally, South DeKalb gets a positive and quality project ” I thought but when I read the commentaries from Mrs.Coffield and Mr.Ed Williams, my heart sunk.. not because I was in denial of what they said..oh no. They ask some valid questions that would make one wonder. I’m hoping that I will be wrong about this but I have two feelings about the ASC project..either it won’t cone to fruition,were..as Mr.Williams said..were going to get stuck with the bill or if they build it..its won’t be this glamorous place as mentioned by the their staff.

    I don’t know about anybody else but thought of South DeKalb County possibly getting screwed is taxing. To describe my feelings about this situation is like a garbage truck dumping garbage into your community telling you ” this is what you guys deserve”? That is what it seems like at times. It seems that if junk is easier to come to our community than quality stuff. I’m hoping that it won’t be the case but I’m will not be holding my breath if ASC won’t materialize.

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  • land owner in stonecrest

    May 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    why asc spend 2.5 million dollars on the purchase of Kohl’s,it seems to me that this is one more of mr vohn iron project that will stay on the planning board only

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