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Is the North-End Perimeter Becoming Buckhead Part 2?



Every week there seems to be a major development announced along the north-end Perimeter on the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs border. Now that it's come to light that the AJC is being booted from their digs for the development of another big build, AJC snark master Bill Torpy has decided it's high time to weigh in, calling the project the "Megapolis Behind The Mall." In a nutshell: GID Development has announced plans for a massive, mixed-use development across the street from the currently rising State Farm Campus. While that project, dubbed "Park Center," is cramming 2.2 million square feet of offices for 3,000 workers and a hotel on 17 acres, GID has more ambitious plans for their 42-acre tract. Like four times more ambitious.

"High Street," as GID has billed the announced development (channeling British sentiments), will be a small city of its own. The plans call for a staggering 8 million square feet of development. The breakdown: 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 1 million square feet of office space, a 750 room hotel and 3,000 residential units. While this development would be a notch in Dunwoody's hat, Sandy Springs has their fair share of projects just a stone's throw away. High Street could be right at home with its Sandy Springs neighbors, such as Abernathy 400 and the Mercedes-Benz North America HQ. With a planned network of trails and roadways, the development could enjoy interconnectivity to other new projects in the area, as well as the planned park beneath the MARTA line, next to Perimeter Mall.

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'Riverwalk Village' Proposal Aims for Amsterdam in Roswell



Forget the landlocked suburban Atlanta you know. Envision a new development, snuggled along a scenic waterway, complete with natural preserves, more than 1,500 housing units, a school, half a million square feet of retail, a hotel and 1.7 million square feet of office space. Duke Land Group is hoping to meld those seemingly incongruous images into Roswell, just off of Ga. Highway 400, south of Holcomb Bridge. Billed as Riverwalk Village, it's like Avalon on a European semester abroad. And with dazzling new renderings, the proposal's grandeur really comes into focus.




 

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Fuqua Projects are Barreling Ahead in Grant Park, Decatur



Fuqua Development's multi-use project in Grant Park is expected to be "under full construction" within the next 30 days, and the firm's Decatur-area project is only a few months behind. Jeff Fuqua said this week that demolition work is indeed under way at "Glenwood Place," his firm's Kroger-anchored development near Interstate 20 at Glenwood Avenue and Bill Kennedy Way. He expected construction to begin within roughly a month, with estimated opening dates of summer 2016 for the retail component and fall 2016 for the residential. All told, the development will consist of 114,000 square feet of Kroger shopping and 25,000 square feet for other retail (including "lots of restaurants," Fuqua promised.) On the housing front, expect 230 "luxury multi-family units" with plans for a "senior residential" component. Fuqua also passed along a new rendering of the project, as seen above.


At "Decatur Crossing," Fuqua's future development on the soon-to-be-former site of Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, things are little more preliminary. Fuqua said his firm closed on the church and nine surrounding homes in the North Decatur Road/Scott Boulevard/Barton Way triangle last fall. A salvage company has reportedly already stripped the church, and many adjacent homes are boarded up.

Twenty-eight other nearby homes are still in the zoning process, which Fuqua expected to be complete in April or May. Following that timeline, construction would begin this summer and take about 18 months.
 

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That last project is so sad, especially compared to those in the posts before it!

The Riverwalk proposal would be outstanding. It's the type of visionary development Atlanta needs to remain among the major metros in the US. It also represents the level of investment not readily seen. Urbanity, yes, but nurturing this large a park or water space? Especially as that's already a pretty densely developed area, keeping that large an amenity area will cost a pretty penny. Fingers doubly crossed on that one!
 

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Have met up with folks at Avalon. It's nice but I'm rather sad that such development forms have to be considered avante garde for Atlanta when that should be the preferred model. The setting could be better as it's still (to a degree) an insular development amidst parking. Essentially one of those Avenue shopping centers gone 2-3 sizes larger. Still, beats the conventional suburban patterns of the 90's.
 

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Why Senator's Ploy to Annex Big Chunk of Cobb is Genius



In a bizarre instance of "have your cake and eat it too" — where "cake" is replaced with "Cobb" and "eat it" is replaced with "Atlanta" — state Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) has proposed a bill that would allow Atlanta to annex the 60-acre SunTrust Park site. The proposal would keep the Braves in Atlanta following their 2017 move across the Chattahoochee River into Cobb County by moving Atlanta to them, which is a rather ingenious scheme. The bill leans on Census tracts to somehow legitimize the move. But, as expected, a few lame-o naysayers are calling "foul." A major point of contention might stem from the way Cobb taxpayers are footing the bill for the stadium, and how they probably wouldn't be all too pleased seeing Atlanta swoop in and cash out when the stadium opens. Also, it might be unconstitutional, according to Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta — biased much?), though when has the Georgia Constitution ever stopped politicians from doing crazy things?
 

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Okay, that's funny. As some comments posted indicate it would be an incredibly cheeky move to bring MARTA to the Vinings/Marietta area. For that alone I'd support the measure!

But in all honesty Atlanta might be best to leave this one be. I'm still convinced the development will flop and/or be a traffic boondoggle. Cobb taxpayers will rue this one, especially those of driving age.

As to the Aaron statue the City simply needs to move that and the Olympic Cauldron to Centennial Park and create a de facto sculpture garden.
 

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Fresh Details Emerge for Avondale Station's Mixed-Use Dreams



The Avondale MARTA station's proposed $95 million mixed-use development is drawing closer to reality, as evidenced by a filing made to the Department of Community Affairs for the State of Georgia. But that doesn't guarantee it's going to happen. Part of MARTA's colossal, transit-oriented development initiative targeting a number of stations across the network, the plan could bring a slew of residents and neighborhood amenities to the east-Decatur area. Currently, about 2,500 people live within a half-mile of the station, according to MARTA; the development could increase that number substantially with 338 apartments and 34 condo units, plus an additional 92 units reserved for senior housing, putting the total for residential units at 464. With the increased density, the proposal calls for a grocery store and restaurants, in addition to 17,220 square feet of more retail space and 40,000 square feet of "institutional" space. They didn't elaborate on what "institutional" means, exactly.

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700-acre, high-tech theme park proposed for Bartow County

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2015/03/06/700-acre-high-tech-theme-park-planned-for-bartow.html

Avatron USA Development LLC wants to build a technology-focused theme park on about 713 acres in Bartow County, Ga.
Avatron USA is led by Dave Garrett, the former CEO of Atlanta-based Airis Corp., which invested heavily in U.S. airports, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Newark, N.J. Avatron USA executives are primarily from the West Coast, Garrett said.
The company based in Studio City, Calif., wants to create a "first-of-a-kind" project, he said. It would call the development "Avatron Smart Park," with two hotels, retail space and possibly a music venue.
 

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As much as I would love for "Atlanta" to have a tourist attraction of this kind I'm not sure we have the market to pull this off. Winter months here aren't the most conducive to theme park attractions, so this would require a high volume of indoor amenities. But we'll need more and more urban twists on the conventional theme park going forward so who knows.

Now, if they could couple this with something based on Turner's Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, like one of those saccharin-sweet kid-oriented resorts, then we might be on to something.
 

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'Hunger Games' Theme Park Moves Toward Construction

http://atlanta.curbed.com/archives/2015/11/30/theme-park-hunger-games-lionsgate-atlanta.php

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that almost 2,000 acres' worth of entertainment-focused development is planned to launch soon, including a theme park dedicated to the "Hunger Games" movie franchise.

Slated to cost up to $1 billion, Avatron will consist of five distinct parks set across the Bartow County site. Under the recently announced deal with movie producers Lionsgate Entertainment, the "Hunger Games" will be just one of a handful of movies featured in the parks. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Avatron USA Development expects to secure $620 million in order to break ground in January. The parks will take an estimated three years to construct, putting an opening some time around January 2019.
 

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I'm all for the metro area landing a few more attractions, and it would be great to have something truly original, but I really don't get this fascination with forcing it around metro Cartersville. LakePoint I get, but this and Tellus being out in the sticks, as it were, stupefies me.

Put another way, I'm thrilled people see metro Atlanta as a viable option for these attractions, but the results are going to be disparate and half-assed since we allow them simply go wherever land is cheapest.
 
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