Study to Investigate Health Impacts of “Aerotropolis”

The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), a research center of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the brownfield remediation and redevelopment procedures at the site of a former Ford assembly plant (shown below).

Served by US 41/19 and I-75, the 122-acre site is located in Hapeville, Georgia, adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  It contained several brownfields: contaminated industrial sites that must be cleaned before the land can be repurposed.

The “Aerotropolis Atlanta” project is slated to have more than 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. CQGRD will use the HIA to consider the range of potential benefits and impacts of redevelopment on surrounding communities, and to offer a series of practical measures to maximize the health benefits and make the Aerotropolis a catalyst for healthy, sustainable living.

A stakeholder engagement strategy will ensure that input from the affected community, the developers and local agencies is incorporated into the HIA findings. A final report is expected to be ready by June of 2011.

Aerotropolis Site Concept (Source: The Jacoby Group)

 

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