The area of Atlantic Station was originally the Atlanta Hoop Company. Established in 1901, this foundry’s core business was making cotton bale ties and barrel hoops. As production grew, the factory eventually became the Atlantic Steel Mill. By 1952 the Atlantic Steel Mill had over 2000 employees producing poultry and field fencing, nails, rivets and more. The factory continued to operate to a very limited degree into the 1970’s.
Many years after the steel factory closed and sat abandoned, developers began envisioning the Atlantic Station project in earnest in 1997. A development with LEED certified office towers, a variety of housing and transportation options, and a wide array of stores and restaurants all in a walkable neighborhood was the vision. Open in 2005, Atlantic Station’s 138 acres became the nation’s largest urban Brownfield redevelopment at that time. The size of Atlantic Station encouraged the US Postal Service to award the neighborhood with its own zip code: 30363. The center is the EPA’s first real estate-focused Project XL – a national pilot program that enabled private and public entities to develop and test better ways to protect the environment and public health.
Want to discover more or do you have a student trip planned for Atlantic Station? Learn more at the base of one of the Atlantic Steel Mill's smoke stacks - adjacent to State Street and Target. Historical panels will give you the rest of the story OR contact our Concierge Desk for a scavenger hunt and other Atlantic Station and tour information. 404-410-4010.