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Georgia Tech quality growth center gets grant to study health impact ofAerotropolis

By Maria Saporta

Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development has received a $143,747 grant to assess the health impact of the planned Aerotropolis Atlanta Brownfield Redevelopment Project.

The grant was one of six awarded through a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

It will permit Georgia Tech researchers to objectively evaluate the potential health consequences of the plan and implementation strategy to convert the former Ford assembly plant into a mixed-use office, hotel, shopping and airport parking business center.

A health impact assessment is viewed as a tool to help policy makers better understand how a proposed project or policy can affect the well-being of people in the community. The information in the assessment will help decision leaders weigh the pros and cons of the development and make practical recommendations on how to maximize potential health benefits.

According to the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, researchers will review the site design and the surrounding transportation facilities and consider how they might impact traffic safety, multimodal travel options to jobs and amenities as well as overall livability.

Aerotropolis, located next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is a project that is being planned by developer Jim Jacoby, who developed Atlantic Station.

The 122-acre site is located in Hapeville. When the project is built out, it is expected to house 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities. Developers also plan to have a solar energy component as part of the project.

The Center is expected to produce its final report on Aerotropolis in June, 2011.

Maria Saporta

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.


1 Comment

  1. Amy June 14, 2010 11:03 am

    It is the Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development- not the “Georgia Tech quality growth council”- that was awarded the study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.Report


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