In news that could make Cobb County boosters swell with vindicated glee, the Atlanta Braves are reportedly gunning to fill the mixed-use development around SunTrust Park with local brands that are viewed as being emblematic of cool intown sophistication. The team and developer Jeff Fuqua aren't confirming anything, but the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that early lease negations are under way with such cherished local names as Anitco Pizza, Octane Coffee, Souper Jenny, Fado Irish Pub and a twin to Ford Fry's Krog Street Market concept Superica. Those names, if leasing deals materialize, could neighbor shops like L.L. Bean, Athleta and Field & Stream, along with national restaurant concepts like Shake Shack, CRU Food & Wine Bar and Asheville-based Chai Pani, a Decatur fave. Hey, it worked for Avalon, right?
The Atlanta Braves are in talks to bring national chains such as L.L. Bean and Athleta and hip local restaurants including Antico Pizza Napoletana and Chef Ford Fry's Superica to the walkable mixed-use project outside the new SunTrust Park.
The stores and eateries could create in the Cumberland-Galleria area the shopping and dining district the Braves longed for, but never achieved, at downtown's Turner Field. And it marks a new opportunity for the Braves to pour revenues from the mixed-use project back into operations, money that could go toward an expanded payroll and a more competitive team.
From a new dinner-and-a-movie theater, and an "iconic" pedestrian bridge to a high-profile incubator program, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason outlined some big plans for metro Atlanta's newest city despite the recent departure of Fiserv. Mike spoke to a small audience Thursday morning at 6252 The Corners Pkwy during a JLL shindig with building owners Glenfield Capital. He says the city has identified a building it plans to lease to create an incubator that will be licensed to Georgia Tech's ATDC program, which will then sublease space to tech startups. The city ultimately has to approve the deal (scheduled for a vote this month), but Mike says Georgia Tech should start offering incubator classes for startups at the space by October.
Community leaders, government officials and developers gathered Thursday morning to discuss the growth of the county at a redevelopment forum at the Riverside EpiCenter.
Topics included incentives offered to developers, Marietta's efforts to revitalize the Franklin Road corridor, connectivity and development as a result of trail systems, and the anticipated impact of the new Atlanta Braves stadium.
The forum's keynote speaker was Jeff Fuqua, principal at Fuqua Development, who discussed his company's role in developing the retail component of the $452 million mixed-use development the Braves are building adjacent to the new SunTrust Park in Cumberland.
The Peachtree Corners mayor and city council voted to approve the Town Center building elevations at its regular meeting this week, giving the go-ahead for Fuqua Development to move forward with the city's signature project.
With the council's 6-0 vote, (Councilmember Lowe was absent), Jeff Fuqua and his team will now move forward with the construction of the mixed-use development on the 20.6 acre tract of undeveloped land located on Peachtree Parkway across from The Forum.
"We are excited to have the plans finalized and look forward to celebrating the city's fifth anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new Town Center,' said Mayor Mike Mason.
Braves' SunTrust Park is finally giving the Cumberland/Galleria area something iconic. And that's why Comcast is moving there.
"The idea that Cumberland, which as much as we love it, has missed a soul. It doesn't have its Ponce City Market, or its White Provisions, or its Streets of Buckhead. Well, it does now," says Pope & Land's Mason Zimmerman, one of our panelists involved in the SunTrust Park development during our Future of Cumberland event this week at Galleria 400. Mason-who's spearheading the office portion of SunTrust Park's mixed-use center surrounding the Braves stadium-says it's that sense of being part of an icon that attracted Comcast to anchor the office. "You're now seeing the ripple effect of that."
Mason was among an all-star lineup of those tied in with the new Braves project, including Atlanta Braves EVP Mike Plant, DLA Piper's Brian Fielding (our moderator), Pollack Shores' Michael Blair and Fuqua Development's Jeff Fuqua.
The city celebrated its three-year anniversary during Tuesday's regularly scheduled city council meeting, but Mayor Mike Mason started looking into the future in hopes that the city's town green and its development would be ready to go for the five-year anniversary.
Tuesday's meeting got that started as the city council approved plans from Fuqua Acquisitions II, LLC, to build the mixed-use development which will house restaurants, retail space, office space, a movie theater and town homes.
Previous discussions on the property centered around the type of restaurants that would be in the development, as well as the amount of parking that would be needed.
A new post on the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association website sums up the recent approval of Decatur Crossing Phase II rezoning request by the DeKalb Commission and points out a few, very notable nuances in the agreement - which includes 27 conditions negotiated by the Cross-Neighborhood Committee.
Among the most noteworthy changes coming, Fuqua will add a new traffic light on Scott Boulevard at Blackmon Drive, as shown in the map above. Fuqua will also extend Blackmon Drive as the "the main road" through the development.
In response to concerns about cut-through traffic on the existing stretch of Blackmon Drive, a condition passed that Blackmon Drive would be partially closed to traffic with no entrance from Scott Boulevard and only a right turn allowed off of Blackmon onto Scott. See the map below for detail, courtesy of MANA.
After months delay, demolition's begun on the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, future site for Fuqua Development's mixed-use project. Razing the church and the nine homes behind it on Barton Way should take about 60 days according to Fuqua Principal Jeff Fuqua. Also, DeKalb County's board of commissioners approved Phase two on Tuesday, which Fuqua calls the project's "last major hurdle."
He added that foundation work and grading for phase one should begin by late September with construction expected to last "18 to 20 months." When both phases are ultimately completed the development will include 700 apartments and 20 ground-floor retailers including a natural-foods grocery (as yet unnamed), restaurants and offices.
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved rezoning requests Tuesday for Phase II of the Decatur Crossing development, according to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA).
Last month, Fuqua had presented its plans to the Board of Commissioners, but a vote on it was deferred until this week's meeting. A previous MANA post explained, "MANA representatives spoke to support a deferral, as the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee continues to negotiate with Fuqua for improvements to pedestrian safety and access and alternatives that will help modulate cut-through traffic through our neighborhoods."
But it appeared a compromise had been agreed upon. An update on MANA Wednesday said:
On Tuesday, June 23, the Board of Commissioners approved Fuqua's rezoning request for Phase II. MANA and the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee were able to come to terms to support the project. We will post more information, including the agreed-upon conditions and private agreement soon. Demolition of the former Scott Boulevard Baptist Church began yesterday.