Aerotropolis Atlanta

At a Glance:

Location: Hapeville, Georgia

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, nutrition, parks, traffic safety, employment, clean water, physical activity, built environment

Affected Population: Older Adults, People Living in Poverty, People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions, People with Disabilities, Urban Communities

Research Methods: Qualitative research, Primary research, Quantitative research, Literature review

Community Types: suburban

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The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), a research center of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, conducted a comprehensive HIA on the site of a former Ford assembly plant. The location contained several contaminated industrial sites that were cleaned in preparation for the repurposing of this land. The 122-acre site, located in Hapeville, Georgia, adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is slated for the “Aerotropolis Atlanta” development project, which will result in over 6.5 million square feet of office space, hotels, shopping and an airport parking facility, as well as a solar energy component. CQGRD used the HIA to consider the project’s range of potential benefits and impacts on surrounding communities, and to offer a series of practical measures to maximize health benefits, potentially positioning the Aerotropolis as a catalyst for healthy, sustainable living. The developer of the Aerotropolis project expressed support for the HIA.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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