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About six miles southwest of downtown, at the core of Cascade Heights’ commercial district, an adaptive reuse project hopes to have a big community impact.
AMLI is building 640 luxury apartments in a 19-story tower and adjacent five-story building, expected to be completed in 2017. Annie Evans, AMLI’s vice president of development, says the site’s walkability to a MARTA station, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and a Publix is crucial.
For a family of four on a budget, finding an affordable home in the desirable eastside neighborhoods wasn’t easy. Units are snatched up quickly, rents are climbing, and for someone not intimately familiar with the many nuances of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods, sifting through online listings proved to be overwhelming.
340 residents have signed up for the mostly free program, which launched last September. The fleet of bikes—managed by Zagster, a Massachusetts-based vendor, and tracked by antitheft geofencing technology—is spread among four stations that operate like kiosks; each one is near the city’s 12-mile network of multiuse trails.
Thousands of apartments have sprouted up across Atlanta since the recession. The city’s supply of condos, meanwhile, slowed to a relative trickle, tamped down by lender apprehension, millennial preferences to rent, and other factors. But it seems that’s slowly beginning to change.
From Vickery Village in Cumming to pastoral Serenbe, Lew Oliver has been metro Atlanta’s New Urbanist trailblazer for more than a quarter century. But the versatile housing designer—who now master-plans full communities—calls a massive undertaking in Fayetteville, Pinewood Forrest, his most inspiring project yet.
Table & Main and Osteria Mattone owner Ryan Pernice believes Atlanta is becoming more community oriented. “There’s this interesting move happening where these little city-states are popping up. Alpharetta and Woodstock are investing in their downtown. Roswell has Canton Street. People are going to have a greater pull to eat closer to home and have better options there,” he says.