Microsoft is building a campus in Atlanta and says it is working with partners to ensure the development is sustainable and has lasting positive impact. Speaking on Thursday, Microsoft says it will actively use community feedback during the 90-acre land development.
The company is embarking on a multiyear project to build a campus on the west side of Atlanta. While the project will generate jobs and an economy, Microsoft says it also wants to create a base that is sustainable and has an enduring impact on the area.
Microsoft's plans include office space for the company, but also public access areas and infrastructure.
For example, Microsoft is working with Atlanta-based architecture firm Cooper Cary alongside APD Urban Planning and Management, market research company Noell Consulting Group, and sustainability expert Transsolar.
Furthermore, community developers within Integral Group will provide advice on real estate impact, while JLL will oversee the program management. Microsoft says it will also create a community advisory council to work with its planning team. The group will represent Microsoft and these local stakeholders:
- Center Hill Neighborhood Association
- Councilmember Dustin Hillis
- Councilmember Byron Amos
- Local Education Partners
- Grove Park Community Church
- Grove Park Foundation
- Grove Park Neighborhood Association
- Grove Park Renewal
- Bankhead/Historic Westin Heights Neighborhood
- Historic Howell Station Neighborhood Association
- Northwest Business Association (NWBA)
- Paradise Baptist Church
“Our priority is positive, local impact. From the inclusive hiring of local vendors to jobs and affordable housing created for the region, sustainable building solutions, and much more,” said Michael Lawings, senior director of Americas Real Estate Operations for Microsoft. “We are excited at the opportunity ahead of us and look forward to playing a larger role in empowering the local community and growing with the city of Atlanta.”
Microsoft says its planning team will be hosting sessions during April and will be joined by relevant local associations across Atlanta (Center Hill, Grove Park, and Howell Station).
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