March 2021 Issue
Exciting News for Douglas County as Tech Giant Microsoft Plans an East Coast Hub in Atlanta
Microsoft has announced plans to open a new data center in Douglas County. This great news for the area secures Atlanta’s role in the tech giant’s East Coast hub.
Microsoft (based in Redmond, Washington) is joining around 50 other data centers in Douglasville, alongside other major names in tech. They are clustered on the east side of the county in an area known as “Data Hill”. Businesses in Douglas County already include Google, Switch, PWC, Stack, T5 and Digital Realty. In addition to this data center, Microsoft will open a second site in Palmetto, Fulton County.
Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson said in a statement, “We’re honored to have Microsoft in Douglasville,” She continued, “Today marks another major milestone in both the city and Douglas County’s economic growth, building on years of strategic planning and infrastructure investment… Microsoft’s presence helps cement our position as a center for information technology in the U.S., which has been an ongoing strategy goal.”
The development is excellent news for Douglasville, bringing jobs in IT operations, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as facility security and maintenance.
“It is important to us that Microsoft is also in the region as a community partner,” Robinson said. Microsoft President Brad Smith told WABE that 25% of the 90-acre development Microsoft planning at Quarry Yards and Quarry Hills will be dedicated to the community. This is a valuable contribution to Atlanta’s Westside.
Microsoft also plans to complete construction on new offices in Atlantic Yards by 2021.
“These are all significant investments and put Atlanta on the path toward becoming one of Microsoft’s largest hubs in the United States in the coming decade, after Puget Sound and Silicon Valley,” Smith said in a statement.
Construction continues to progress on the shopping center at the corner of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard that will be home to a new Starbucks and Five Guys. A city official said the third tenant for the shopping center hasn’t been named yet.
Several new businesses are set to open their doors in Douglasville this year, providing jobs and entertainment venues.
The ever popular Five Guys and Starbucks will move into a new three-spot mini strip mall at the corner of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard.
The building, which housed the Irish Bread Pub at 6682 Broad St., has been part of the Douglasville landscape since it was constructed in the late 1800s. It was sold in 2018 and the new owner plans to utilize the upstairs for heavy entertainment and serve a Tex-Mex style menu.
Brunch lovers in the town can look forward to the opening of Gritz Brunch Bar, hopefully in April 2021 in the old Robinson Building. Important work to attract businesses to the downtown area is ongoing with the Town Green project progressing very well.
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Hangar 92, a popular spot for adults to get together, will soon be celebrating a year in business.
Located off of Fairburn Road, Hangar 92 has weekly events including trivia on Monday and Wednesday nights, as well as karaoke on Tuesdays. In addition to the fun things to do, they offer some great daily food specials. Currently they have $0.60 wings on Monday and taco Tuesdays where you can get 2 tacos with chips and salsa for only $5!
Hanger 92 also brings specialty events to Douglas County. Make sure to check out their Facebook page for updates. For a limited time, they are offering $5 off of $25 to all Murphy Law Firm newsletter readers! Simply show this coupon to take advantage of this deal.