Along with being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Atlanta’s airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport since 1998. Just seven miles from the heart of Downtown, Hartsfield-Jackson, partially located in the city of College Park, has undergone some major changes recently, with even bigger ones to come. Naturally, as the city grows and expands, there is an increased need for higher attention to planning and development in and around such busy and bustling areas. Here are some of the big changes coming soon to Hartsfield-Jackson and the surrounding College Park area.
$350 Million Dollar Airport Hotel
Developer Majestic Reality, in partnership with Portman Architects, is moving forward with a 541-key Hilton hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The project is also expected to entail 50,000 square feet of meeting space, an office building— which officials say “already is attracting significant pre-leasing interest”—a second hospitality component, and a 1,150-space parking deck. The latest designs, featured in renderings just released by Majestic, upped the amount of guest rooms and meeting space at the hotel and introduced “an iconic, all-glass design that will make an architectural statement to millions of travelers each year,” Stan Conway, Majestic Realty’s executive vice president, said in a prepared statement. Design firm Wimberly Interiors is tasked with outfitting the guest rooms, and the lobby and restaurant space will be spearheaded by TihanyDe sign. Construction is scheduled to wrap in 2022.
College Park Master Plan
The City of College Park has expanded it’s master plan for the 420 acre tract just West of Hartsfield-Jackson. The new plan, with a $700 million dollar budget is slated to include 5 million square feet of class A office space, as many as six hotels, and 758,000 square feet of retail including a premium outlet mall. It would also add a 5k loop running/walking trail and a potential golf-related entertainment venue. Originally dubbed “Airport College Park”, the project has recently been referred to as ‘ATL Airport City’ with plans for a future re-branding. The City of College Park has been working steadily toward capitalizing on it’s proximity to the airport, in addition to the current under-utilized land, while maintaining it’s historic landmarks and structures, to create long term sustainability for the City.
The new master plan aims to retain the feel of an urban environment, maintaining control of the planning and development of the project within the city of College Park. The plan was officially approved by the City of College Park the first of August and will move forward, though there is no date set currently for anticipated completion.
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