The Southern Extension of
Summerhill is the redevelopment of Atlanta’s former Olympic stadium and surroundings, encompassing 80 acres adjacent to downtown Atlanta with unrivaled access and visibility. The 19-block project represents a rare commodity in Atlanta – a vibrant, walkable and authentic streetscape combining culture, entertainment, and housing within a world-class office ecosystem.
Summerhill is an incremental development beginning with the preservation and rehabilitation of Georgia Avenue. Student and for-sale housing is underway, and the fully evolved “village within a city” will realize Atlanta’s aspirations for development at scale.
Summerhill begins at the Olympic Flame, features Georgia State Stadium, and knits together culture, academics, entertainment, and commerce along 19 blocks between Grant Park, I-20 and 75/85. As one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Summerhill’s redevelopment celebrates Atlanta’s collective past and reconnects adjacent historic neighborhoods.
The Summerhill master plan envisions incremental growth toward a densely-revitalized community embracing culture and collaboration between businesses and Georgia’s leading research university, entertainment and livability.
Inspired by History, Moving Into the 21st Century
Summerhill is a model of sustainable, resilient development. With a dense blend of historic and new construction, from residential to retail, commercial to academic, this highly-connected neighborhood is bringing new life to the heart of Atlanta. Locally-owned restaurants and shops have chosen Georgia Avenue’s historic buildings, which have been mindfully modernized and adorned with works by emerging artists. Georgia Avenue extends Atlanta’s cultural and commercial center, and it is the core of the Summerhill neighborhood’s growing, vital ecosystem.
A Vision for Atlantans, by Atlantans
Walkable and bikeable, Summerhill is designed on a human scale. Murals and green streetscapes invite people to get outside, courtyards provide intimate space and businesses complement homes to create a truly vital, vibrant community.
This long-term, organic project is led by Carter, in partnership with Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties. Georgia State University has chosen the neighborhood for new student housing and stadiums, and multi-family homes will be joined by office space to welcome innovative startups and global corporations.
In 2016, Carter participated in the Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) which was established to create a conversation with neighbors in the surrounding community around land use, transportation, and the real estate market. Carter spent a year listening to stakeholders, offering advice from a real estate developer perspective, and understanding the priorities of the residents, which ultimately helped shape the direction of the project.
Partnering as a Neighbor
Engaging with communities in which we work is integral to our projects’ success, and Summerhill is no different. The Carter team attends monthly Organized Neighbors of Summerhill (ONS) meetings, where we provide updates and answer questions about our progress in addition to hosting a larger quarterly information session for the wider Southside Atlanta community. We are proud to partner with the neighborhood on numerous projects including a park, playground, and streetscape improvements.
We are also committed to ensuring that our project and its workforce are inclusive of and adequately reflect the community, including placing great value on diversity. We are actively promoting jobs to community members and have signed an Equal Benefits Opportunity plan with the City of Atlanta that includes a commitment that at least 28% of the design and construction must be completed by minority- or female-owned businesses, and so far, we’ve exceeded that goal.
Throughout its more than 150 years near the heart of Atlanta, Summerhill has been home to some of the city’s most remarkable people and events.
Summerhill is one of the original settlements established during Reconstruction; along with Old Fourth Ward, it is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in Atlanta. Its early inhabitants were freed slaves and Jewish immigrants. The neighborhood became a diverse community of many flourishing businesses, home to several influential civic and business leaders, such as the families of former mayor Sam Massell, H.J. Russell & Company founder Herman Russell and Pilgrim Life Insurance Company founder S.W. Walker.
1930s – 1960s
As Atlanta grew to the north and west during the early part of the twentieth century, many residents moved on to other neighborhoods. In the 1930s and 1940s, the thriving community was serviced by a sophisticated trolley system. However, the construction of the I-20 bisected the community in the mid-1950s, spurring a massive exodus of people. The neighborhood made national news in 1966, with both the Summerhill Riot and the arrival of the Atlanta Braves to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1970s – Present
The construction of the Fulton County Stadium forever changed Summerhill: housing made way for the stadium and parking lots surrounding it. During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the neighborhood was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events at the Centennial Olympic Stadium. After the Olympics, the stadium was converted to Turner Field, now known as Georgia State Stadium. The Olympic Cauldron Tower remains, and it marks the northern edge of Summerhill.