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Next Steps

To achieve the plan in steps, we recommend Georgia State University continue its growth management strategy based on targets of opportunity and a combination of funding sources. This approach enables the university to increase the quantity and quality of its physical plant while mollifying the unpredictable, uncontrollable nature of urban property acquisition. The key elements of this strategy are to:

  • 1. Identify “areas of influence,” desirable blocks and neighborhoods where property is likely to come to market. Seize opportunities to acquire underdeveloped sites in these areas when presented. The properties may be developed for temporary short-term use and redeveloped or exchanged in the long-term.
  • 2. Identify obsolete and substandard university facilities, those otherwise not suited to the Strategic Plan, and program them for replacement with modern facilities on property the university controls or can obtain.
  • 3. Actively seek partnerships with the private sector to develop university facilities.
  • 4. Establish urban design, architecture and landscape guidelines for future university projects in the district.
  • 5. Work hand-in-hand with the City of Atlanta and downtown civic groups (such as Central Atlanta Progress) to incorporate the university’s streetscape standards within the district and to influence mutually advantageous transportation programs.

There is a series of steps within each of these strategic elements necessary for implementation. The following narrative and budget estimate in Table 6.1 outline them topically and sequentially.