The implosion of the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel was officially scheduled for Sunday, September 5 at around 7:30 a.m., according to a press release from the city of Atlanta. The hotel was purchased by the City in May 2017 for around $ 17 million, but continued to operate until July 2021.
The purchase and demolition are part of Hartsfield-Jackson’s 20-year, $ 6 billion master plan to update and expand the 40-year-old airport facility. The hotel site will be cleared to make way for the addition of the 6th airport runway, as well as the relocation of freight facilities.
The hotel is located at the southwest end of the airport complex, between the existing fourth and fifth runways, just west of Riverdale Road. The 395-room hotel has served the airport for approximately 33 years. The demolition is not expected to have a significant impact on room availability around the airport, but it will result in the layoff of 145 employees, according to Georgia’s Ministry of Economic Development.
Road closures and detours for the implosion event will be put in place from the afternoon of Saturday, September 4. On the morning of the implosion, a security zone will be set up by the police around the building before the implosion. People nearby can expect the dust to linger for 4-6 minutes after the initial implosion and may blow into surrounding areas. Residents in the area are advised to close all windows and doors and close all air intakes that could allow dust to enter your building.