The Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare broke ground today on a new sports medicine and basketball practice and training complex in Brookhaven.

“This is a great day for Brookhaven,” Mayor John Ernst said. “It’s one of our first major economic deals.”

The 90,000 square-foot complex will integrate four facilities on a 5-acre campus.

“This will be an asset to the franchise now and going into the future,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks.

The complex is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2017-2018 season and will be located at Executive Park Drive and the newly minted Hawks Lane.

–James Beaman

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.