ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Georgia House budget writers passed a $19.2 billion spending plan for the upcoming year that put the brakes on plans to build the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The General Assembly approved $10 million in bond money in 2010 for the hall’s move to Atlanta, but the construction of the facility has been put off, in part because of a fall off in fundraising. Budget writers said the hall funding could be considered later when plans are firmed up.
According to the AJC, the spending plan also adds another $85 million in new college construction projects. Combined with what Gov. Nathan Deal proposed early in the year, the budget for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1, would spend about $375 million on campus building and maintenance projects in the university and technical college systems.
The House Appropriations Committee passed the spending plan late Monday and it now heads to the full chamber for a vote Wednesday.
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In 2009 it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame, which never managed to attract the number of visitors its organizers hoped for after moving it to South Bend in 1995, was being moved to Atlanta to bring it more exposure, organizers told the city.
The National Football Foundation notified the city of South Bend in a letter that it was terminating its agreement with the city when its lease ended on Dec. 31, 2010 but changes to the agreement kept the center in South Bend until this year.
The new $50 million facility was planned next to Centennial Olympic Park. The new building was to be constructed alongside the park and was projected to open in summer 2013, within walking distance of popular tourist attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola.