Sweeping plans for a gateway to Clayton State University that were scuttled by a harsh recession are being reborn on a smaller scale that development officials say will still give Clayton County a much-needed economic jolt.
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Timeline to University Station
1999-2000: Officials with Clayton County, Morrow and Lake City develop the Gateway Village Plan that included lofts, townhomes and retail as well as a hotel conference center with an 18-hole golf course. 2000-2002: Clayton development officials start to acquire about 100 acres along Ga. 54 for future development, and the Gateway Village Redevelopment Plan is created to be a vehicle for future projects.
2001: Clayton Place Apartments are built for Clayton State students.
2003-2005: Georgia Archives and National Archives southeastern branch relocate to their present site near Clayton State University.
2006-2008: The city of Morrow completes Morrow Station, 10 acres set aside for future transit needs. The site includes a parking deck, an on-street parking network and a spot for a future commuter rail stop.
2005-2008: As the economy tanks, Gateway Village plans are altered. The resort hotel is changed to a business-class hotel and plans for residences are shelved.
2011: Gateway Village strategic partners kick off an 18-month redevelopment plan calling for a marketing blitz and a new name, University Station. The plan calls for site preparation and an updated civic master plan.
2012: Clayton County acquires a former Ingles-anchored shopping center across from the archives and converts it into a film sound stage.
February 2013: The 18-month redevelopment plan is completed and organizers unveil the plan.
Source: Clayton County Office of Economic Development