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ATLANTA-Local developer John Dewberry could be creating an international incident of sorts in trying to have the World Athletes’ Monument moved from a sliver of land at Peachtree and West Peachtree streets where he plans to create a multi-million-dollar office, hotel and retail campus, Midtown brokers familiar with the area’s newest real estate controversy, tell GlobeSt.com.

Great Britain’s Prince Charles gave the city the monument at the Summer Olympic Games ceremonies in 1996. But Fulton County actually owns the monument. The Midtown Alliance booster group maintains the site. And the Georgia Department of Transportation owns the piece of turf on which the monument rests. Dewberry is asking the DOT to find another home for the British gift because it is in the way of his planned redevelopment of the vacant Rhodes Center shopping center and his other nearby projects, brokers intimate with Dewberry Capital’s plans, tell GlobeSt.com.

But Rodney Cook Jr., the monument’s steward, and State Rep. Joe Wilkinson are reported to be against the move, area insiders following the controversy, tell GlobeSt.com. Dewberry, a strong supporter of cultural projects for Downtown and Midtown, likes the appearance of the monument but not its location where his new development is planned, area consultants working with all the parties to resolve the issue, tell GlobeSt.com.

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