ATLANTA – It was over in seconds.
A once popular and busy hotel on Sullivan Road on the southwest side of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport collapsed Sunday morning in a hail of explosions.
“It’s so exciting it was a perfect morning execution of a well-planned event. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport General Manager Balram Bheodari said. “And that’s the implosion of the old Sheraton hotel.
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The 14-story tower of the former Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center had been part of the property surrounding the airport for years, but has not been opened or used since 2017.
It has been the site of many film and television shoots, but these production companies will now have to find another location.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials bought the property and several surrounding properties just outside the fence around the airport for what many believe is a possible sixth runway at “the world’s busiest airport.”
Channel 2 Action News reporter Christian Jennings spoke to Mark Loizeaux, owner of Controlled Demolition Inc. The Loizeaux-based company carries out demolition work around the world. Their project at the former Sheraton Airport went off without a hitch.
“We were here about 3 weeks, we drilled 671 holes in columns on 4 levels of the building,” Loizeaux said. “And in those holes, we put almost 900 pounds of dynamite.”
The entire demolition requires almost 3/4 miles of detonating cord.
The hotel property was part of a 19-acre property purchase made by the airport in 2017. It includes the adjoining convention center which will be demolished by more traditional means this fall.
“We plan to spend around $ 9 million for the demolition,” Behodari said. “And then we’ll transport materials and prepare the site for future development. “
The airport says there are no specific plans for the site yet, the short term plan is for the property to be covered with dirt and grass.
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