Aerotropolis Atlanta

Location
Hapeville, Georgia
Organization(s)
Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture

The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), a research center of the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, conducted a comprehensive HIA on the site of a former Ford assembly plant. The location contained several contaminated industrial sites that were cleaned in preparation for the repurposing of this land. The 122-acre site, located in Hapeville, Georgia, adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is slated for the "Aerotropolis Atlanta" development project, which will result in over 6.5 million square feet of office space, hotels, shopping and an airport parking facility, as well as a solar energy component. CQGRD used the HIA to consider the project's range of potential benefits and impacts on surrounding communities, and to offer a series of practical measures to maximize health benefits, potentially positioning the Aerotropolis as a catalyst for healthy, sustainable living. The developer of the Aerotropolis project expressed support for the HIA.