2016 Nomination Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 31


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Contact Information

Andrew Smith
Atlanta Regional Commission
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

404-463-5581 - Phone

404-463-3254 - Fax


Developments of Excellence

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Region's Best Developments and Places

Each year, ARC honors trend-setting private and public development projects as well as places that improve the region's quality of life and advance the policies of The Atlanta Region’s Plan, ARC’s long-range vision for Metro Atlanta.

ARC is now accepting nominations in three award categories:

Development of Excellence (DOE): Projects that exemplify exceptional design and sustainability while contributing to regional goals such as urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing and economic development.

Great Place: Places such as historic neighborhoods, well-designed streets, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for growth. The Great Place Award was created in 2011 to reflect the incredible places that comprise our diverse region.

LCI Achievement Award: Developments, projects or programs that significantly advance the implementation of a community's Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. This award can also recognize an entire LCI community that has excelled in the implementation of its plan.

ARC wants to hear from you. What is your idea of a Development of Excellence, Great Place or exceptional LCI community that helps make the Atlanta region special?

Nominate a deserving DOE, Great Place or LCI community by Wednesday, August 31.

Access the form via the button at the top right of this webpage.

Then mark your calendar for ARC's annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, October 28 to find out the winners.

Contact Andrew Smith at or 404-463-5581 with questions.


2015 Development of Excellence Award Winners

ARC Presented its 17th annual Developments of Excellence awards at the 2015 State of the Region Breakfast.

Development of Excellence Award

Ponce City Market
Jamestown Properties

Ponce City Market - DOE Award Winner

Ponce City Market - (High resolution image

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.



LCI Achievement Award

Revival on Main
South City Partners, City of Kennesaw, Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority, Cobb County

Revival on Main - LCI Award

Revival on Main (High resolution image)

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.



Exceptional Merit for Context-Sensitive Urban Infill Development

Inman Quarter
JPX Works, South City Partners, ELV Associates, Smith Dalia Architects

Inman Quarter - Exception Merit

Inman Quarter (High resolution image

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.



Great Place Award

Marietta Square
City of Marietta

Marietta Square - Great Place

Marietta Square (High resolution image

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.



Additional Resources

View the Developments of Excellence Awards Program Brochure (PDF).

In July of 1998, the Atlanta Regional Commission voted to establish an annual recognition program for “Developments of Excellence.” The award is given to developments in the 10-county metro region that raise the bar for sustainable growth and fostering community.

View the 10-Year DOE Program Overview (PDF).

Also, be sure to view the DOE 10th Anniversary TV Show.

Past Winners

2014 Developments of Excellence Award 
The Commons at Imperial Hotel, Presented to Columbia Residential, National Church Residences

2013 Development of Excellence Award
Oliver House at Allen Wilson, Presented to the Decatur Housing Authority

2012 Development of Excellence Award
Historic Fourth Ward Park, Presented to the City of Atlanta Departments of Watershed Management and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership; the Trust for Public Land; and the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy

2011 Development of Excellence
Perkins+Will Atlanta Headquarters, Presented to Perkins+Will 

2010 Development of Excellence Award
White Provision, Presented to White Provision Development Company 

2009 Development of Excellence Award
Suwanee Town Center, Presented to the City of Suwanee, Main Street Corners LLC, Madison Retail, and Bowen Family Homes

2008 Development of Excellence Award
Oakland Park, Presented to Urban Realty Partners

2007 Development of Excellence Award
West Village, Presented to the Pacific Group, Inc., Branch Properties of Atlanta, and the Highlands Companies of Alpharetta

2006 Development of Excellence Award
Woodstock Downtown, Presented to Hedgewood Properties and the City of Woodstock

2005 Development of Excellence Award
Glenwood Park, Presented to Green Street Properties

2004 Development of Excellence Award
Metropolis, Presented to the Novare Group and Wood Partners, Inc.

2003 Development of Excellence Award
Technology Square and Centeregy, Presented to Gateway Development Services, Kim King Associates, Inc., the University Financing Foundation, and the Georgia Institute of Technology

2002 Development of Excellence Award
Milton Park, Presented to Pope & Land Enterprises and AMLI Residential

2001 Development of Excellence Award
Old Suwanee, Presented to Richport Properties and the City of Suwanee

2000 Development of Excellence Award

  • Lindbergh City Center, Presented to Carter & Associates
  • Monarch Village, Presented to Pathway Communities

1999 Development of Excellence Award

  • Post Riverside, Presented to Post Properties, Inc.
  • Ridenour, Presented to Macauley Properties

For additional information on the Developments of Excellence Awards, contact Andrew Smith at

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