Atlanta airport hotel project moving forward

A project to build a hotel next to the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is moving forward.

The airport is seeking Atlanta City Council approval of a 50-year lease with Majestic Carter Atlanta Mixed Use LLC to develop a hotel, office complex and travel plaza on 26.5 acres next to the airport terminal.

It will be a high-profile addition to the airport terminal and introduce new amenities for the millions of travelers that pass through Hartsfield-Jackson. For the airport, it's seen as an opportunity to bring in more revenue.

The hotel would be within steps of the domestic terminal, outside the West exit where taxis and shuttles pick up passengers.

Hartsfield-Jackson is calling the project including the hotel, commercial development with office space and travel plaza with a gas station and convenience store an "Airport City."

Majestic Carter is a partnership of Majestic Realty Co., real estate firm Carter and GPM Investments LLC.

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell has said the project could amount to as much as a $600 million investment by the developer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that the proposed 11-story, 440-room hotel would be an InterContinental, and revealed new renderings of the hotel's futuristic design.

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

The project architect is John Portman & Associates. Portman, InterContinental and Carter all have roots in Atlanta.

At Hartsfield-Jackson, the project is being managed by an airport division called ATL Business Ventures.

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

The hotel project will be studied by the Federal Aviation Administration to see if it would interfere with radar. A previous study was not completed because some details of the project changed, and FAA is awaiting additional information from the airport to determine if the project would affect facilities such as radar and air traffic procedures.

“If there are effects, we would work with the airport to try and mitigate them,” the FAA said previously.

According to the airport, the hotel falls within height restrictions.


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