Plans to construct Grant Park Gateway, a $48 million parking structure near Zoo Atlanta, are moving forward.
Winter Johnson Group, a joint venture between Winter Construction and Johnson Construction Services, Monday submitted plans to the City of Atlanta for the 416,000-square-foot project.
Winter Johnson Group was selected by the City of Atlanta to design and build the Grant Park Gateway Project in partnership with Atlanta firm Smith Dalia Architects.
Once complete, the three-story parking deck will offer 1,000 spaces and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant, according to the plans.
A 2.5-acre “green roof” atop the structure will make the deck seemingly become “an extension of the park, nearly invisible from street level.”
In addition to parking for the Zoo, the project will provide additional upgrades to the park including three park areas adjacent to the deck, pedestrian access to the rest of Grant Park, and an upgraded stormwater system.
Grant Park Gateway will be built into the existing landscape with a design “Inspired by the natural foliage of the park and derived from the veins in leaves.”
Some key features of the Grant Park Gateway are:
- A “smart parking system” that guides patrons to available spaces
- Parking areas for both automobiles and bicycles, as well as Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- Amenities including expanded green space, a restaurant, a bandstand, a shaded terrace plaza, amazing views of downtown, terraced seating, a water feature, and a pedestrian overpass
The project was first announced a year ago by then City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
[Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Grant Park Gateway was a Zoo Atlanta project.]