Slated to open in May 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned 16,200-square-foot facility was last week, attended by county commissioners.
The center, which will be on Brown Field at Fulton County Airport, running along Fulton Industrial Boulevard, was first initiated by a community group in 1999.
Funding for the project was allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and approved by the commissioners in 2010.
Lisa Tuttle, interim director of the county department of arts and culture, said when asked about the upcoming center, she was able to describe it easily by its key words: aviation, community and culture.
“Over the last few months, people and staff have asked me exactly what this facility is going to be,” she said. “I found myself saying, ‘The name says it all.’ We anticipate that it is going to be a really healthy mix of all three.”
Red accents, a building which from a bird’s-eye view resembles an airplane and training for careers in flying will speak to its aviation component.
David Ricks, county facilities and transportation services director, said aviation’s future and its history are integral to the new center.
“I remember when [they were] voting on this concept,” he said about the commissioners. “My recollection of how important this concept is that sitting behind me [at that meeting] were members of the Tuskegee Airmen.”
For the community aspect of the center, a multipurpose room will be available as well as a 10,000-square-foot outdoor plaza and greenspace.
To fuse the culture aspect with the other two, visual art exhibitions, a public art installation, summer camps and visual art and dance instruction for all ages will be included.
The center will be at 3900 Aviation Circle NW in Atlanta.