A new John Portman-designed hotel is moving toward reality by the airport.
According to the AJC, the airport is now seeking Atlanta City Council approval for construction of an 11-story Intercontinental hotel as part of the "Airport City" plan. The 440-room hotel would be adjacent to the airport terminal, next to the MARTA and ATL SkyTrain stations.
Plans were first floated for the project, which also includes an office complex and travel center, almost a year ago. Portman was revealed as the designer just a few months back.
If city council approves the deal, the plan will be evaluated for compliance with FAA regulations, though the airport claims that should not be an issue.
As the Airport City is slated to fill 26.5 prime acres currently occupied by parking lots, the airport itself is gearing up for an ambitious $6 billion upgrade and expansion.