Atlantic Station is a brownfield redevelopment neighborhood in Atlanta GA. From the start, the neighborhood has been designed with sustainability and pollution reduction within the city in mind. So it is an ideal neighborhood for young, environmentally conscious professionals considering a move to Georgia.
What Is a Brownfield Redevelopment Neighborhood?
Brownfield is a term for previously developed land abandoned or underused where redevelopment is hindered by actualized or potential environmental contamination. So, in other words, a brownfield is what gets left behind when factories or other commercial or industrial facilities close down or relocate.
Because the burden of supplying cleanup costs falls upon the new owners, brownfields tend to sit vacant for a long time despite the benefits of redevelopment. The redevelopment of brownfield areas is aided by state, federal, and private programs designed to encourage developers to take on the challenges presented by these areas. The success of the neighborhood and other projects like it are proof of not only the viability of such programs but of the economic and environmental benefits of them, not only in Georgia but all across the nation.
Sustainable Living in Midtown Atlanta Ga
Atlantic Station took the abandoned campus of Atlantic Steel mill, which sat vacant since the 1990s, and turned it into a thriving neighborhood with affordable housing, public transportation, offices, arts and entertainment, restaurants, and shopping all within walking distance. Making use of the previously vacant acreage helped combat urban sprawl, and the neighborhood itself was designed to increase the city’s energy efficiency and reduce the need for burning fossil fuels.
The neighborhood features several residential buildings convenient not only to the larger station neighborhood but Downtown and Midtown as well such as Seventeen West, The Lofts, and The Atlantic just to name a few. LEED certified and Energy Star rated office towers are situated virtually next door, making residents’ morning commute a matter of a quick jaunt or bike ride. Additionally, a free shuttle to the Arts Center MARTA rail station and MARTA bus route is available when transportation is needed.
Entertainment and Dining just Down the Street
Of course, there’s more to living than work and somewhere to lay your head. What’s life without a bit of fun? You will find a host of shops, tempting dining options, services galore, and no lack of events within the neighborhood. Finish off a day shopping with a dinner out at Allora, if you’re in the mood for Italian, or maybe a nice bowl of pho at Pho 24. Then swing by the Regal Stadium to enjoy the latest cinematic masterpiece.
With everything you need right within the neighborhood, Atlantic Station is proof sustainable living can be accessible and affordable even in the heart of the city without having to sacrifice comfort or life’s enjoyment.