Land swap makes room for Underground Atlanta redevelopment

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta City Council has voted to give a Buckhead golf course to the state as part of a deal to help with the sale of the Underground Atlanta shopping complex to a private developer.

News outlets report that council members voted 12-3 on Monday to approve the swap of the city-owned Bobby Jones Golf Course with state-owned land adjacent to Underground Atlanta, including a parking deck. The state will also receive ownership of the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and Atlanta Memorial Park near the golf course.

Mayor Kasim Reed has said the parking deck is necessary for a developer's planned overhaul of the downtown shopping center.

The state is planning to construct a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and renovate the 18-hole course into a nine-hole course.