City Greenlights Transformative Atlanta Project

Grant Park Gateway stems from a 2015 study by the city looking at current and future traffic and parking demands for Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta. The development will be funded through bond revenue and supplemented by additional sources.

By Gail Kalinoski

The Grant Park Gateway Project aerial rendering
The Grant Park Gateway Project aerial rendering

An existing eight-acre surface parking lot next to Zoo Atlanta will be transformed into an underground parking and mobility facility with a park on the roof in a $48 million project unveiled by the City of Atlanta.

The Grant Park Gateway Project, slated for completion in late 2018, will feature 1,000 parking spaces along with a rooftop park and restaurant. The facility is expected to earn LEED certification and will plant vegetation to reduce storm water runoff and improve air quality. The project will implement an intelligent parking system designed to guide patrons to vacant spots and surveillance cameras to promote safety.

“The Grant Park Gateway will be the first facility of its kind in Atlanta, and earned its name because it provides an entirely new way of looking at the entrance to the community. The design benefits the Grant Park neighborhood and respects its history as Atlanta’s oldest park, while addressing parking demands, reducing traffic congestion and improving the overall safety in the area,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a prepared statement.

The city will fund the project through bond revenue and supplement it with additional sources, including the Department of Parks and Recreation’s park improvement funds. Winter Johnson Group, a privately owned and operated Atlanta-based general contracting firm, is constructing the project. Smith Dalia Architects of Atlanta is the design firm.

Restaurant rendering
Restaurant rendering

“The underground parking and mobility solution will replace seven acres of asphalt with new, usable greenspace, convenient parking for residents and visitors to the park and Zoo Atlanta and new amenities. Grant Park is a jewel in the city and this new facility will make it even better,” Councilmember Carla Smith, whose district includes Grant Park, said in prepared remarks.

The project stems from a 2015 study by the city looking at current and future traffic and parking demands for Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta. During the two-year process, community leaders requested the parking solution to include amenities to enhance Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta and the neighborhood.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the Grant Park neighborhood could see more foot traffic in the future as Georgia State University and developer Carter & Associates turn the area around Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves, into a $300 million mixed-use redevelopment featuring retail, apartments and a baseball stadium for GSU. Turner Field, empty now that the Braves have moved to a new facility, will be transformed into a football stadium for the GSU football team.