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In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia State University has long been the lifeblood of the historic downtown core. As a result, the city is the campus. The downtown streets are the primary pedestrian passageways, and city parks contribute to campus open space. Georgia State enjoys the benefits and challenges of an urban institution.
Students enjoy activities along some of Atlanta’s most interesting and pleasant pedestrian pathways in the Fairlie Poplar Historic District with its range of popular, affordable eateries and cafes. State and city government centers, the convention hotels and the Auburn Avenue Historic District are all within walking distance. The university subsidizes MARTA passes and three major rail stations are convenient to campus.
Downtown Atlanta is experiencing a transformation with the development of several entertainment and mixed use projects. The Georgia Aquarium opened in November 2005 and the new World of Coca-Cola Museum is under construction. There are a number of newly renovated office, hotel, retail and residential projects surrounding the campus.
The continued opportunity for private mixed use development in and around the district will transform the area into an authentic urban neighborhood with Georgia State at its core.
Numerous growth challenges face the university. State investment in capital projects will continue to be constrained, increasing the reliance on partnerships, private fundraising, and creative financing. Even in an environment of increasing redevelopment pressure, good opportunities still exist to acquire properties for campus growth.
Georgia State offers its students a choice of more than 250 fields of study in 52 accredited degree programs. It is listed among the top 100 public universities in the number of doctoral degrees awarded annually.
The university continues to operate at a deficit of facilities space even with the recent additions of the Aderhold Building, the Student Center, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
The university has a space deficit of nearly 600,000 assignable square feet (ASF). Based on growth projections through 2015, the physical plant will need to be doubled in size. Outdated buildings such as Kell Hall and Sparks Hall will need to be demolished and replaced. Other facilities, such as 35 Broad Street will need to be renovated for different uses to meet the projected demand.
The university is a collection of largely disconnected individual properties. Many of the buildings were existing facilities acquired for instructional use. Today Georgia State occupies more than 40 buildings on 15 blocks in downtown Atlanta.
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