Construction set to begin next week on Center for Civil and Human Rights

By Maria Saporta

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will begin turning dirt next week, according to Doug Shipman, its executive director.

The attraction has just received its land disturbance permit from the city, which will enable its construction crews to secure the site, establish sidewalk closures and prepare the site’s access road. Construction is still on track for the project to be completed by mid 2014.

A ceremonial ground-breaking event was held on July 27, 2012.

“We are happy to see our steadfast efforts to build this historic cultural institution coming to life!,” Shipman wrote in a recent email to supporters.

The Center also has received another significant gift. The Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, has committed to support the center with a $250,000 grant.

“We are very thankful for this commitment by Enterprise Holdings in support of the Center’s vision!,” Shipman wrote. The budget for the first phase of the Center is about $65 million. It will be located on Pemberton Place on the same block as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.

On Monday, March 11, Shipman will be the speaker at the Rotary Club of Atlanta. The topic of his speech with be: “Atlanta’s Destiny as the Cradle of Human and Civil Rights for the 21st Century.”

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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