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College Park LCI: Gateway Center

The City of College Park has worked pro-actively to bring new, high quality development as a strategy to revitalize its community that has suffered deeply due to airport encroachment, residential decline, and aging urban infrastructure. Their work started with the development of their comprehensive plan, followed by the adoption of an Economic Development Strategic Plan and participation in a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study. The College Park Activity Center LCI aimed to develop a mixed-use, transit oriented, and pedestrian oriented environment near the Historic Downtown district and activity center, which includes Gateway Center, the city's convention center district near the airport.

College Park’s 2011 comprehensive plan repeatedly discusses and reinforces the importance of the Gateway Center to the development and redevelopment of the surrounding community. The Gateway Center development takes advantage of its unique position of proximity to the economic center that is Hartsfield-Jackson by connecting Atlanta with the airport via its advantageous location in College Park. The free SkyTrain connects travelers to not only the car rental facility, but also to the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), the state’s second largest convention center and the Gateway Center development which features office and hospitality uses. Since College Park's original LCI study in 2008, infill development has taken place within the activity center, new design guidelines for downtown have been adopted, and the College Park GoBus shuttle has been launched, just to name a few of College Park's successes.


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