Atlanta will welcome more than $1.5 billion in new attractions, transportation options and retail developments opening in 2014 alone. View this infographic for information on Atlanta’s most anticipated developments and read below for more details.
Aloft Atlanta Downtown – Now Open
The Aloft Atlanta Downtown opened in April after a $25-million renovation to the former Days Inn Atlanta Downtown. The first Starwood property of its kind in Georgia, the Aloft caters to ‘the next generation of travelers’ with urban design and innovative technology. The Aloft provides guests with a unique downtown hotel option within walking distance of Atlanta’s world-class attractions and restaurants. The 3.1-acre property features 254 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, bar and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.
Delta Flight Museum – Now Open
The Delta Flight Museum features interactive exhibits about the past, present and future of Delta Air Lines and air travel. It also includes rare aviation items and aircrafts, including the Waco 125, the only remaining aircraft of its kind, and the only full-motion flight simulator open to the public – the same one used to train Delta pilots. Stand beneath the wings of The Spirit of Delta, Delta’s first Boeing 767, gifted to Delta Airlines in 1982 from donations raised by employees, retirees and friends of the airline.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights – Now Open
Through interactive exhibits, historical artifacts and strong imagery, The Center serves as a catalyst for civil and human rights conversation. Located next to the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium, The Center’s theatrical and high-tech exhibits use motion, sights and sounds to immerse visitors in the American Civil Rights Movement. Touch screen video panels bring visitors face-to-face with human rights activists from around the world.
The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience joins the world-class attractions surrounding Centennial Olympic Park this August. The massive facility is a state-of-the-art shrine for college football fans, with interactive exhibits that entertain even the non-fan visitor. Tickets carry visitor-specific data that link to various exhibits to display content about each visitor’s college football team. Guests can experience football games from the 50-yard-line using 360-degree viewers. The ultra-high definition Game Day Theatre immerses fans in Saturday game-day pageantry with a panoramic projection display.
Atlanta Streetcar – 2014
The $90-million Atlanta Streetcar project will provide visitors with a convenient way to travel along Downtown Atlanta’s tourism district. The streetcar forms a 2.7-mile loop with stops at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Downtown Atlanta hotels, Centennial Olympic Park, and Edgewood Avenue, among others.
Krog Street Market – summer
Opening late summer in Inman Park, this West Coast-style concept will serve as the newest intown Mecca for foodies. Krog Street Market will feature a 12,000-square-foot ‘epicurean center,’ a marketplace where local food, beverage and specialty vendors will sell goods and edibles. In total, the nine-acre property also includes dining and office space with confirmed tenants that include Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Gu’s Dumplings, Fred’s Meat & Bread and Xocolatl, among many others.
The Eastside Trail Gateway, between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park, is now underway. Visitors to the Eastside Trail will soon have easy access to the 12 acres of greenspace, scenic two-acre lake, and the modern playground and splash pad at Historic Fourth Ward Park. The gateway is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2014. The Atlanta BeltLine is considered one of the nation’s largest sustainable redevelopment projects that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor that connects 45 intown neighborhoods.
Buckhead Atlanta – September through 2015
Buckhead Atlanta combines the walkable, tree-lined streets of Paris with the haute shops of Rodeo Drive. This ultimate street-scene is comprised of six city blocks that fit seamlessly into the existing neighborhood, often referred to as “Beverly Hills of the East.” Buckhead Atlanta’s multitude of shops, restaurants and cafés will include Spanx’s flagship store, French high-fashion house Hermès, Atlanta’s first Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Shake Shack and Georgetown Cupcakes, among many others. Retail and dining spaces begin opening this September with rolling openings through 2015.
Ponce City Market – late 2014
Situated along the nationally acclaimed Atlanta BeltLine, Ponce City Market is poised to become the hub between Atlanta’s most popular in-town neighborhoods. Opening late 2014, this urban market will house a food hall, shops, office space, modern apartments, and amusements, like rooftop mini golf, bocce courts, a bike valet, and more. The two million-square-foot historic structure is the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history and is inspired by New York City’s Chelsea Market.
Porsche Driving Experience – late 2014
Atlanta will be the new home for Porsche’s North American headquarters and North America’s first Customer and Driver Experience Center. The Driver Experience Center will feature a test track, restaurant and Porsche shop and allow visitors to experience what it’s like to drive a Porsche automobile. The site will be located adjacent to the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The Center for Puppetry Arts will begin constructing a 21,250-square-foot addition to the museum in late 2014. Plans include new museum galleries, a renovated entryway, and other upgrades to the center’s existing spaces. The new space will feature expanded exhibit areas for the center’s global collection and the Jim Henson Collection. The project is estimated to cost $2.4 million and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Atlanta-based Legacy Properties Group, LLC, is planning to build a 129-key Homewood Suites by Hilton. The all-suites hotel will sit along Marietta Street near Centennial Olympic Park in the Luckie-Marietta District.
A new Hotel Indigo is planned for one of Downtown Atlanta’s first office buildings, 230 Peachtree St. The $60-million project will convert the first nine floors of 230 Peachtree into a 200-room Hotel Indigo. The hotel will sit near the Atlanta Streetcar route and will also connect to AmericasMart Atlanta. It will be Atlanta’s third Hotel Indigo, a lifestyle brand from InterContinental Hotels Group.
Construction is underway on a new Hyatt House hotel in Downtown Atlanta near the Georgia Aquarium. The 150-room hotel is located on Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Luckie Street. It will be Georgia’s second Hyatt House, an extended-stay brand from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is expected to open mid-2015.
Atlanta Braves Stadium – February 2017
The Atlanta Braves plan to move from Turner Field in Downtown Atlanta to a new stadium just 10 miles north in Cobb County at the start of the 2017 baseball season. The stadium project is estimated to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure. The new open-air stadium will seat approximately 42,000 people. A $400-million entertainment complex will surround the stadium and include more than 700,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, residential, hotel and office space.
Atlanta Falcons Retractable-Roof Stadium – fall 2017
The $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium, to be located just south of the current Georgia Dome, is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 NFL season. The new stadium will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons in addition to other convention, entertainment and sporting events. The project is expected to generate more than $150 million in economic impact for the city and add 70 to 80 events to Atlanta’s meetings portfolio. The venue will help the city attract marquee events, like the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup and NCAA BCS Football Playoff, which would have a combined potential to generate more than $300 million in economic impact.
Atlanta will become the 22nd team in the MLS franchise in 2017. The yet-to-be-named team will begin play in 2017 in the $1.2 billion new Atlanta stadium.
Established in 1913, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.