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Atlantic Station Announces Smoking Ban in Public Areas

Smoking will no longer be permitted in Atlantic Station’s common areas, including Central Park and sidewalks. Non-smoking policies may vary for restaurants with al fresco dining areas.

In a press release Friday, North American Properties and CBRE Global Investors announced that they will soon begin enforcing a smoking ban in public areas of Atlantic Station, its mixed-use development located in the heart of Midtown.

Last weekend, Atlantic Station began asking for opinions on whether to prohibit smoking in the development on its Facebook page, and the news release indicated it had received overwhelming feedback in favor of a smoke-free environment.

It is not exactly clear when the smoking ban will go into effect, but it will be before the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament begins at Atlantic Station on July 14.

When the ban begins, smoking will no longer be permitted in Atlantic Station’s common areas, including the Central Park green space and sidewalks. Non-smoking policies may vary for restaurants with al fresco dining areas. Designated smoking areas, placed around the perimeter of the property in order to continue accommodating all guests, will be identified with “Smoking Spot” signs.

Since acquiring the development in late 2010, North American Properties has used social media as a tool to communicate with the community. According to the release, feedback has driven decisions ranging from parking improvements to new retailers to special events.

Since posing the question to its Facebook followers less than a week ago, almost 600 people have commented on the possibility of a smoking ban at Atlantic Station.

“We asked the community what they wanted and it was clear they supported a smoke-free shopping and entertainment experience,” David Anderson, general manger at Atlantic Station, said in a news release. “We want Atlantic Station to be a place where families can enjoy themselves and we’d love to see Midtown become an even healthier community.”

What do you think about this decision to ban smoking in Atlantic Station's common areas?

rick June 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I have been trying to support AS through it's MANY issues but I'm done. It's not worth it anymore. If I cant have a smoke on the street while my ears bleed from the loud rap music blasting from the cars going by, then I'm going to a real mall.
Robert Miller June 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I'm not as concerned about the smoking issue as I am about the extremely loud in-your-face music that Atlantic Station assaults my eardrums with whilst walking about. I wish they would eliminate it or turn down the volume.
Mary Schoerner June 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I don't like the decision to ban smoking completely, but I can understand the reasoning behind it in terms of a business decision. Unfortunately, I believe they will see some repercussion and lose customers who would spend their money in the stores and eat at the restaurants. I'd be interested to see the change in revenue, attendance, etc. as a result of this ban.
Tammy June 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I don't understand why they don't close the streets completely in AS and force the traffic and all parking down into the parking decks. I thought the purpose of these giants decks was to separate the cars from the people.
Patch June 08, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I doubt you even shopped there if you considered this smoking ban a negative. What time do you shop if there is loud rap music? I have been there countless times and never once heard loud rap music, but the beatiful music coming from the ground speakers that A.S. has placed everywhere. They actually closed off some streets, which has limited car traffic considerably.
Patch June 08, 2012 at 07:42 PM
good idea. I always park downstairs because it is free for 2 hours. Parking upstairs is ~$3/hour and you have to parralel park.
Patch June 08, 2012 at 07:42 PM
seriosuly, it is not that loud...
Patch June 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Atlantic Station is being progressive because the city is dragging their feet in implementing a city-wide smoking ban. Maybe this will be the catalyst to implement a city-wide smoking ban. I avoid all bars/restaurants that allow smoking. I wonder how much business is lost by allowing smoking? Also, how much money is wasted treating these smokers for diseases inflicted by their right to choose to smoke? Then these smokers pass on their responsibility for treating themselves to the city/state/federal government (my tax dollars). These smokers want their cake and eat it too!
Leanne Murdock Spry June 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I'm seriously hoping that this is not the "Patch" responding and just some random with an eye affliction. As a smoker with health insurance I resent your comment. Are my tax dollars paying for all the fat asses who roll around Atlantic Station gorging themselves on CPK, movie theater popcorn and food trucks. Obesity is just as big a drain on our tax dollars. Maybe we should ban all red meat as well....God forbid we have choices. I'm curious to see what becomes of the smoking ban in AS. I know based on principle I will never spend another dollar in AS. There are too many places where my kind are not discriminated against. Welcome to 1984...and PS...the music is very loud!
Tonia Wood June 09, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Simple enough, I will NEVER spend another dollar at Atlantic Station. I smoke, have great health insurance and pay my medical bills. Bar and restaurant owners know that smokers spend more money and tip better. And BTW. . .I need someone to show me WHERE on the Atlantic Station FB page they asked for anyone's opinion. I can't find it. I frequent Atlantic Station EVERY time I get to Atlanta, and if you want to pretend that smoking is the main problem with the change in AS, you're kidding yourself.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Just to clarify since it was brought up, the individual posting under the username "Patch'' is not affiliated with Midtown Patch or any Patch site.
rick June 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Patch, your comments make it clear that you are the one that doesn't go to AS much!
KamdenATL June 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I applaud Atlantic Station... For those of us who live in Midtown and have families, this is a welcome change. Smokers in general don't care about who they affect with their smelly noxious habit. If you want to attract more families & improve the overall experience for people that come to AS, this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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