What’s the big idea?
Atlanta-based Cousins Properties has teamed with apartment developer AMLI to transform an entire city block just south of the Decatur Square. The mixed-use venture will include the first new office building in downtown Decatur since 1991. (The city’s development patterns have leaned more toward retail, condominiums, and apartments in recent decades.)
For 40 years, the West Trinity Place site was home to parking lots and the four-story Callaway Building, used by DeKalb County for a variety of government departments. The city of Decatur bought the property for $5 million in 2013 and sold it last August to Cousins for the same price—plus expenses the city had incurred.
In February the Callaway Building was razed, and construction launched quickly thereafter. Expect midrise buildings offering 330 apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail, and 30,000 square feet of offices. Plans are tentative, but developers hope the project’s varied uses—and an on-site public gathering space—will promote collaborations among tenants.
Developers expect the project to be open in early 2019. They have yet to decide on a name, and no retailers have been confirmed.
This article originally appeared in our April 2017 issue.