Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has met with new Atlanta Hawks owners at least once to discuss potential locations for a new arena and the possibility of renovations to Philips Arena. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mayor Reed is willing to consider a deal that involves some public funding.
"What I'm willing to do is come to the table with a plan that makes sense and is fair to the people of Atlanta," Reed said. "I'm not closed to participating in a reasonable plan to make sure that the Hawks remain in the city and that's what I expressed in our meeting."
Principle owner Tony Ressler previously told the AJC that Philips Arena would need to be remodeled or replaced.
The Hawks are reportedly eyeing the Civic Center which is a city owned property that is for sale. Per the AJC report, there is another unnamed property also in Atlanta. They are also discussing the possibility of refurbishing Philips Arena which has seen moderate upgrades in the last few years.