Back in the 1800's, I think there was a phrase...."Go West!" It was used by settlers living on the East Coast states about the land of opportunity out West in land yet untamed. It seems that phrase may be applied to future development in Atlanta, as developers push West of Downtown Atlanta.
Bankhead MARTA Station to see Major Development
Plans were unveiled this week for a 70-acre mixed-use development next to the Bankhead MARTA station, showing more interest in the revitalization of Atlanta's forgotten neighborhoods west of Downtown. This latest offering comes from a group lead by former Atlanta Braves and Georgia Tech star Mark Teixeira who is joining forces with Urban Creek Partners Jimmy Barry and Joel Bowman.
The map below shows the close proximity of the Bankhead MARTA station to the future Westside Park, which will be part of the Atlanta Beltline, and a park larger than Piedmont Park.
Phase One, at a whooping $400 million will be called Quarry Yards (most likely a take from the quarry that will become the reservoir inside the park). It is zoned for 575,000 square feet of office space, a 300-key hotel, 75,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and retail space and 850 residential units. Pollack Shores Real Estate Group has been tapped to develop the apartments, which means more apartments and less new home inventory. Go figure.
West Midtown is a favorite of Teixeira, and the area is seeing lots of new development sprout up from new home communities by Brock Built to adaptive re-use of warehouse space.
“We are going to form the western edge of this area’s densest development,” said Teixeira, who has been an advocate for the revitalization of Atlanta’s Proctor Creek neighborhoods for years.
The creek has long been a polluted stretch of water, suffering from neglect. Proctor Creek’s neighborhoods watchedhave watched the area decline in commerce, warehouses go vacant and homes fall into disrepair as other parts of the city flourished.
In 2008, Teixeira and Bowman began an effort to revitalize the area known as the Emerald Corridor Foundation. Now, more developers are considering new projects in the area.
It will be great to watch the project going forward, and we will get updates out as they are warranted!