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Construction of new FAA building begins

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

The Federal Aviation Administration broke ground on a new building in Clayton County, Tuesday.

The two-story, 50,000-square-foot building is being built off of Charles W. Grant Parkway, and will house the administration's Flight Standards Service when construction is completed in May.

Currently, the Flight Standards Service is operating out of College Park, but the location is too small, said FAA Spokesman Warren Woodberry, Jr.

"The region is experiencing growth and the new facility is necessary to accommodate that growth," Woodberry said.

The Flight Standards Service will promote air transportation safety, setting the standards for certification and providing oversight to airmen, air operators and air agencies. It is in charge of certification, inspection, investigation and enforcement of air safety standards, setting the regulations and standards, and managing the registration system.

The district office is responsible for all the air traffic in the state of Georgia.

The facility is being built by Highwoods Construction, and will cost about $13 million. The new building is located in the Mountain View District, which Clayton County hopes to redevelop, and revitalize into a "transit-oriented district," with office, retail, industrial and green space, built around an integrated transportation center.

Carl Rhodenizer, chairman of an economic development committee working on the Mountain View plans, said the FAA building is "a breakthrough."

The administration building will bring jobs over the Fulton-Clayton county line and will serve as a major step in the redevelopment, he said.

"Once they get that built, in the location they're building it in, I think it will open up the whole Mountain View area," Rhodenizer said.

Early next year, Rhodenizer said, major infrastructure work is expected to begin in the area. Already approved by Clayton County and the State Department of Transportation, improvements will begin on Charles W. Grant Parkway, Old Dixie Road and the nearby railroad.