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Hartsfield-Jackson Vision Could Take Flight with New Hotel

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Aerotropolis is moving one step closer to reality with the announcement of a new hotel and offices coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Renderings released for the project show gleaming glass towers in the middle of the airport parking lot, next to the MARTA and ATL Skytrain stations, which also would receive a facelift. The futuristic design hearkens back to the rise of the jet-age of travel, when architects like Eero Saarinen designed buildings to evoke the feeling of flying. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the 4-star hotel will feature 300 guest rooms. But that's not all ...

In addition to the hotel, plans call for 30,000 square feet of class-A office space and a travel plaza to fill three lots, spanning a total of 26.5 acres. City leaders are optimistic that other companies will follow the lead of Porsche and see a southward move as a wise investment.

Three firms are vying for the contract, including Atlanta-based Regent Partners, a team led by Atlanta-based Carter and Airmall USA Inc. Officials hope to choose a contractor by the end of the year and start work on the project as soon as possible.

· Airport hotel could break ground in early 2016 [Atlanta Business Chronicle]