Where Atlanta Happens
Atlantic Station is a neighborhood on the northwestern edge of midtown Atlanta and a city unto itself. There is a central shopping district featuring dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainments. From high rise office towers, high rise condominiums, single family houses, town homes, and mid-rise condos, you'll find it all here! First planned in the mid-1990s and officially opened in 2005, the neighborhood's 138 acres are located on the former brownfield site of the Atlantic Steel mill.
Back in 1901 Atlantic Steel opened its foundry just to the northwest of downtown. Over the years, the plant made everything from barrel hoops to chicken wire. By the early 1980s, the plant was shut down and remained abandoned for many years.
After winning the bid to host the Olympic Games, the site was the top contender for Atlanta's Olympic Stadium. As it turned out, the site was unsuitable due to years of contamination caused by steel production. But in 1998 the site was purchased, cleaned up, and what is now Atlantic Station began to rise atop one of the world's largest parking decks.
Developer Jim Jacoby, who also redeveloped Florida's Marineland, had begun putting the project together in 1997 when his company became the property contractor. The redevelopment was financed largely by private investment, but was heavily supplemented by a special tax district to pay for city tax bonds for public utilities (streets, sidewalks, and sewers). The development was originally planned to include 15,000,000 square feet of retail, office, and residential space as well as 11 acres of public parks. Its size encouraged the Postal Service to award the neighborhood its own ZIP code.
Atlantic Station was designed with energy efficiency in mind and many of the buildings are U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Additionally, the project was developed to help mitigate urban sprawl and reduce air pollution by allowing many more people to live and work within walking distance of most everyday things they need, with many alternative transportation options nearby. Despite the pedestrian-friendly arrangement of much of the eastern section of the project, parking is inexpensive and easily available in underground parking decks.
The primary roadway access to and through Atlantic Station is an extension of 17th Street constructed by the developers. As part of the project, the Georgia Department of Transportation erected the yellow 17th Street bridge over the I-75/85 Downtown Connector expressway that separated Atlantic Station and the Home Park residential neighborhood from the rest of midtown. Access to public transportation is provided via a free shuttle that runs every 5 to 15 minutes to the Arts Center MARTA rail station and MARTA bus route (110 Peachtree St./"The Peach" ), which also serves the Arts Center Station.
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