Microsoft halts plans to develop a campus in Grove Park

This is the Microsoft sign on a building in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The future is uncertain for what’s next for 90 acres of land that was expected to be developed by Microsoft.

On Friday, a spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed that the tech giant has halted its plans to build a campus in Atlanta’s Grove Park neighborhood, saying the company is evaluating its global real estate footprint and focusing on creating density across all of its offices.

The spokesperson also confirmed that the land is not for sale and that the intention is to set aside 25% of the land for community needs.

In 2021, Rose Scott interviewed Microsoft president Brad Smith on “Closer Look” about the company’s plan to expand in metro Atlanta. At the time, Smith said that the company always looks at everything from a long-term view and said that the company wanted to build something that would last.

“We’re not even asking what this means for the next quarter, or even frankly the next year — this is all about the decade ahead and even beyond,” Smith added.