Columbia was the site design consultant for this 6.49 acre site which was subdivided into three parcels with one 3.70 acre parcel configured for a Hilton Garden Inn. The other two parcels were set aside for future restaurant development. Close toHartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the site was previously an abandoned parking lot. Columbia provided initial land planning, final site design and permitting. In addition, we obtained subdivision and variance approvals from the City of East Point. Predevelopment obstacles included obtaining commercial subdivision approval from East Point jurisdictional agencies and obtaining variances for building height, number of rooms, and the proximity of the alcohol-serving facility to nearby churches. Variance processes were spearheaded by Columbia and included completing necessary forms and attending the subsequent public hearing. Because the site was so compact with so much proposed to be constructed on it, adequate room for a standard surface detention pond meeting all of the appropriate requirements was not possible. A creative solution was developed using a combination surface pond and a Kristar Water Quality device to meet the specified requirements and to allow the project to be developed as visualized.
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