A long-anticipated hotel adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is taxiing closer to reality. And that reality will be larger, overall, than previously thought.
At a press conference yesterday, a new timeline and expanded plans were rolled out for what project leaders still hope will become an InterContinental Hotel and surrounding complex. Renderings reveal a design changed very little from those unveiled earlier this year. The hotel and adjacent plaza are being designed by John Portman & Associates.
Led by Majestic Realty Co. — who was awarded a 50-year lease on the land — and Carter, the development will be more than just a hotel, featuring 80,000 square feet of conference space, and 60,000 square feet of office space.
It will arguably be one of the most connected facilities in the world, with seamless access to the domestic terminal of the airport. And for those seeking destinations of a more local variety, MARTA and the consolidated rental car facility will be steps away.
A bridge from the hotel will provide access to the ATL Skytrain station, allowing guests easy access to the Georgia International Convention Center.
All of this is only the first phase of a much larger development slated for the land adjacent to the airport. In the long-run, plans call for two more hotels and a range of other uses to fill a total of 26.5 acres; in total, costs could run at more than $350 million.
Look for construction to commence in early 2018, following what must be an extensive design phase.