(ATLANTA - Oct 30, 2015)
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) presented its 17th annual Developments of Excellence awards at today’s State of the Region breakfast, honoring three developments and one great place. The top award, the 2015 Development of Excellence, went to Ponce City Market, a redevelopment project in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.
ARC’s Development of Excellence awards recognize projects that exemplify cutting-edge, livable design that enhances the surrounding community. The awards are given to developers, local governments and others who are making the 10-county Atlanta region a better place to live, work and play.
2015 ARC Development of Excellence
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market, a mixed-use redevelopment project in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, has transformed a 90-year-old former warehouse into a showpiece complex featuring shops, apartments, office space and a gourmet food hall.
The 1.1 million square-foot facility opened in 1926 as a warehouse and retail store for Sears, Roebuck and Co. and in 1989 became a government annex for the City of Atlanta. Jamestown Properties purchased the property in 2010, excited at the potential of such a large project located at the nexus of four established Atlanta neighborhoods and adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine’s popular Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.
After a $200 million makeover, the historic building retains much of its original character. It now features: 259 apartments, 20 percent of which are set aside as affordable units through the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund; 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants; and 550,000 square feet of office space that is already home to companies such as Athena Health, HowStuffWorks, Cardlytics, General Assembly and MailChimp.
Ponce City Market also boasts low-flow plumbing fixtures, interior parking and energy efficiency, courtesy of an air sealing partnership with Southface. The development is connected to the BeltLine via a pedestrian bridge and offers valet bicycle parking, access to MARTA buses and a shuttle to the North Avenue rail station.
Ponce City Market holds potential to become an economic and cultural catalyst for the Old Fourth Ward area, the City of Atlanta and the entire region.
2015 LCI Achievement Award
Revival on Main
South City Partners, City of Kennesaw, Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority, Cobb County
After years of planning, the partnership of the City of Kennesaw, Cobb County, the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority and South City Partners proved that collaboration and persistence are keys to successful Livable Centers Initiative projects.
The five-acre Revival on Main features 10,000 square feet of retail, 252 apartments and a parking deck shared by residents, shoppers and employees who work at nearby Kennesaw City Hall.
The development is within biking distance of Kennesaw State University and has pedestrian connections to shopping, parks and restaurants. The project’s façade is designed in a way that creates space for plazas and seating areas.
Located near a pedestrian underpass connecting the two sides of the historic rail town, Revival on Main continues Kennesaw’s trend of creating a healthy, walkable downtown and is a demonstration of how ARC’s LCI program can help improve a community.
2015 Exceptional Merit for Context-Sensitive Urban Infill Development
JPX Works, South City Partners, ELV Associates, Smith Dalia Architects
Inman Quarter, a 3.3-acre mixed-use development in the heart of Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood, adds 200 apartments and 40,000 square feet of shopping and dining to the lively district.
The development partnership of JPX Works, South City Partners, Smith Dalia Architects and ELV Associates overcame many challenges with the site, including brownfield restoration, a brick sewer built in 1885 and a history of flooding problems. Located just a block from the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, Inman Quarter offers plenty of bicycle parking and opportunities to take a break from a long walk or ride.
For residents, the development team worked closely with the Inman Park Neighborhood Association and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission to build a mix of unit sizes to ensure affordability for a variety of tenants while fitting seamlessly into the surrounding community.
2015 Great Place
City of Marietta
Used as a militia training ground and hospital during the Civil War, the Marietta Square today bustles with activity. The centerpiece of the square is 1.4-acre Glover Park, which hosts concerts, festivals, weddings and other special events throughout the year. It also features a train-themed playground, gazebo and fountain.
The square is lined with restaurants, shops, museums, county government offices and the historic Strand Theater, making the Marietta Square a vibrant, walkable community center for people of all ages.
Whether you come for the Glover Park Concert Series, the Marietta Square Farmers Market, the history, or simply to hang out and relax, the Marietta Square is definitely one of the Atlanta region’s Great Places.
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