Welcome to our 100th post on the GACC South blog. We found it only fitting that for this post, we pay attention to one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects in the United States, the Atlanta BeltLine.
The Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project in metro-Atlanta that will redesign the face of the city to include a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor. This path encircles downtown and connects 45 neighborhoods.
The foundation of the project is to find and develop an integrated approach to land use, transportation, greenspace and sustainable development. This will create a framework for future growth in Atlanta, which, at the current rate of growth, could reach a population of 8 million people by 2040. The Atlanta BeltLine is expected to generate more than $20 billion of new economic development in the next 25 years, and generate approximately 30,000 jobs.
Of course, a project of this magnitude takes the dedication of intelligent, problem-solving people, and we were happy to host some of them in our office last week. Our property developer Jamestown (a German-based company) is involved with many of the development projects along the BeltLine, so the group reached out to us for meeting space and of course we were a bit on the giddy side to be their hosts. Many of our staff members live in neighborhoods that are part of the Atlanta BeltLine project and it is definitely nice to be able to stake a small claim in Atlanta history.
So thank you to the people working hard on the betterment of Atlanta, and we’ll be seeing you again soon!