Airport City College Park site plan

College Park is planning to create more attractions for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport passengers and residents who want to live, work or play near the transportation hub.

According to its website, the city is launching a mixed-use development on 320 acres, or about a half square mile, across from the Georgia International Convention Center off Camp Creek Parkway and near its historic downtown area.

“The new development represents a major step in the region’s ‘Aerotropolis’ vision of development,” the website stated about the airport city concept advocated by a business alliance, convention and visitors bureau, chamber of commerce and community improvement districts.

Cost estimates range from $500 million to $1 billion.

Sandy Springs-based commercial real estate firm Ackerman & Co. will be its broker, selling and leasing land the tentatively titled Airport City College Park.

According to a news release, it will feature a mix of Class A office and medical office space, retail stores, entertainment venues, luxury hotels, single-family homes and multifamily residential units.

Steve Langford, the firm’s senior vice president of investment sales, will be the exclusive contact for potential parcel occupants.

He called it a “transformative project” with benefits extending beyond its borders.

“The appeal of this project will be far-reaching and should attract end-users locally, nationally and internationally,” he said in a statement. “In addition to corporate headquarters, I am targeting technology, hospitality and medical firms as well as specialty retail and chef-driven restaurants.”

Langford’s marketing team includes master developer Atlanta Airport City, or AAC Group, and city Economic Development Director Artie Jones III.

Jones said he looks forward to their partnership in fulfilling the city’s vision for the site.

“As a company that was instrumental in the creation of the Airport South Community Improvement District, Ackerman has demonstrated a strong commitment to boosting economic development in College Park and the south side of Atlanta,” he said in a statement.

The site is in the master plan phase.

The firm projects it will have 600,000 square feet for shops and entertainment and four million square feet for corporate and medical office space.

The developer’s website indicates the project can supply nearly 1 million square feet for a medical center and about half as much again for research labs.

The site’s footprint may include more than 500 apartments, 270 senior living residences and nearly 200 townhomes.

Prices, according to the firm, will range from $200,000 to more than $1 million.

Its seven prospective hotels combined will have from 1,000 to 1,200 rooms.

The firm anticipates other features like autonomous electric shuttle vehicles, a network of walking trails and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the convention center.

Nearby transportation includes the College Park MARTA station and interstates 75, 85 and 285.

Nearby projects either completed or under way include the Porsche Experience Center, the Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel, Chick-fil-A and Delta Air Lines headquarters, a BMW training facility and a new Atlanta Hawks G-League team arena.

Alpharetta-based Wakefield Beasley is the project architect.

Jones said groundbreaking will happen by the end of the year.

He estimated seven to 10 years for full completion.

The project may bring 3,500 to 5,000 jobs to the city, Jones said.

Information: 770-913-3955 or slangford@ackermanco.net

Steve Langford

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