CNN Center Sold to Florida Commercial Real Estate Company – WSB-TV Channel 2

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ATLANTA is one of the most iconic buildings in downtown Atlanta, home to CNN and many restaurants. For people of a certain age, this building was part of their childhood.

WarnerMedia has agreed to sell CNN Center to the Florida-based CP Group. Formerly known as Crockett Partners, CP Group is the second largest office owner in the Atlanta Metro.

“The CNN Center is one of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks, and we look forward to seizing the opportunity to strategically transform this asset and build on the city’s current dynamism,” said Chris Eherius, Partner at CP Group.

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For Atlanta metro residents, CNN Center is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city center. It has been CNN’s base since 1987, thanks to multiple sales and the relocation of most of the news staff to New York.

The building itself was built in 1976 as part of the Omni sports complex. The Omni Hotel was originally part of a complex with a shopping center and ice rink in the center. For those looking for a deeper history, this was also the site of the Sid and Marty Crofft World theme park, which can be reached via a giant escalator.

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The theme park did not last long, it closed after just six months.

The hotel remained for several years until it expanded into a building adjacent to the center.

Channel 2 reporter Berndt Petersen spoke to people who fondly remember the center when it was announced a year ago that it was up for sale.

Petersen spoke with James Bost, who has been attending the center since childhood.

“My inner child has so many good memories of CNN, and even as I grew up,” Bost said.

WarnerMedia says it will return CNN Center on lease for several years as part of the deal. The company still has a large number of news, operations and business employees working inside the building.

There was no indication of what this means for the multitude of restaurants doing business in the ground floor food court. The food court also provides direct access to the State Farm Arena for events.

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