The vision was ambitious. Transform the in-town location of the old Atlantic Steel manufacturing plant into a modern, multi-use development. C.W. Matthews stepped up to the plate for the challenge of site remediation. This redevelopment, now considered a national model for smart growth development, is now a flagship project for C.W. Matthews and the City of Atlanta.
The 138-acre "brownfield" site was originally home to the Atlantic Steel plant, founded in 1901 and a fixture in the midtown landscape for almost 100 years. Matthews' role in this environmentally sensitive and politically charged project was to perform the heavy horizontal construction. No small part of the challenge was that no material could be removed from the site. In 2000, as prime site contractor, Matthews was tasked with numerous responsibilities including subsurface mapping, clearing and grubbing, mass grading, storm drainage (including major detention and longitudinal structures), water, sewer, curb and gutter, roadway base and paving, retaining walls and environmental mitigation.
Now Atlantic Station is singularly distinguished by being the nation's first "XL" classification project, as designated by the EPA. It was financed through the issuance of $75 million of Tax Allocation Bonds approved by the Atlanta City Council.