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2013 was downtown Atlanta's biggest year since Olympics

2:59 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- 2013 was the most eventful year in downtown Atlanta since the city began preparing for the 1996 Olympics.

During 2013, downtown Atlanta won a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons; lost the Atlanta Braves' stadium; saw construction begin on the College Football Hall of fame, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and JA Discovery Center; cheered The Coca-Cola Co.'s announcement that it would move 2,000 employees to SunTrust Plaza; watched Georgia State University continue to expand; and had a new hotel announced.

Take a quick tour of the year's top events downtown.

January

Construction begins on the College Football Hall of Fame, which is set to open next summer.

Construction begins on the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Construction begins on the JA Discovery Center. The new educational facility opened in August in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Georgia State University begins the celebration of its centennial year.

March

Atlanta officials and the Atlanta Falcons reach a deal to build a new $1 billion stadium.

April

Georgia State University launches its new College of Law building, which is promises will be a "showcase."

June

The Coca-Cola Co. announces it will move up to 2,000 workers to SunTrust Plaza.

July

Downtown's new SkyView Ferris wheel opens on Centennial Olympic Park.

September

Legacy Property Group LLC announces plans to build a 129-room Homewood Suites by Hilton, downtown's first new hotel in five years.

November

On Nov. 11, the Atlanta Braves announce they will move out of downtown Atlanta to a new stadium in Cobb County.

The state of Georgia begins a makeover of the Georgia Capitol complex.

December

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority begins planning to significantly improve Centennial Olympic Park as it approaches its 20th birthday.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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