- Post 02 January 2013
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The city of College Park has received two development awards recognizing outstanding land use and construction for its Gateway Center, the public-private development surrounding the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC).
The Gateway Center, College Park's $230 million mixed-use development consists of the 403-room Marriott Headquarters Hotel, the 147-room SpringHill Suites and a class A office building.
"The Gateway Center Project is, in my opinion, the cornerstone of South Fulton and North Clayton counties," said College Park Mayor Jack Longino.
College Park was presented the awards by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The organizations recognize exceptional real estate development and land use that lead to sustainable, thriving communities.
"It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by ULI for the Gateway Center project," said College Park's Economic Development Director Barbra Coffee. "ULI members take very seriously their role and responsibility in awarding projects that make substantial contributions to sustainable and green building practices. Our Gateway Center office and hotel developments exemplify these standards."
The construction was part of a master plan adjacent to the 400,000 square foot GICC and the AtlSkyTrain light rail station, which opened in 2009. Located less than a mile from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Gateway Center rail stop connects the airport with the consolidated car rental facility.
"The GICC is the only convention center in the U.S. connected to a major airport by light rail," Longino added. "It is a fantastic project and development model. It demonstrates how entities working together create sustainability through responsible land use which strengthens our communities."
The Atlanta Regional Commission recognized College Park's Gateway Center as one of the recipients of the 2012 Developments of Excellence awards. The Gateway Center was selected for the Exceptional Merit for Public-Private Partnership award.
"This confirms our city's mission of working together to achieve a collective goal that benefits the larger portion of our population," said Longino.