Avondale Estates’ award-winning new downtown park has taken a step toward becoming a more active and lively destination.
The Avondale Estates Downtown Development Authority unanimously approved plans for a restaurant and retail row during Tuesday’s monthly meeting that project backers say will inject vibrancy into the 2-acre greenspace, which opened last year just west of Avondale’s recognizable, Tudor-style downtown.
Plans put together by ATG Partners—a joint venture between Fabric Developers and Healey Weatherholtz Properties—call for a pair of two-story buildings fronting the Town Green along N. Avondale Road, the main thoroughfare into downtown. Standing beside the project site today is a new open-air Marketplace Pavilion used to stage farmers markets and other gatherings.
According to city officials, tenants at the mixed-use project will include neighborhood restaurants with dining patios overlooking the Town Green, plus local retail intended to plug a gap between the park and downtown shops and eateries. Above that will be offices and event spaces on the second floors, per officials.
Public restrooms, open during normal park hours, will be another facet of the project.
Avondale DDA members voted unanimously to approve a contract with the developers Tuesday. DDA chair Dave Deiters said the project is “exactly aligned” with Avondale’s goals of further activating the new greenspace, which serves as a conduit between downtown and the city's burgeoning brewery district.
“Fabric has taken the time to truly understand our needs and wants for this area,” said Deiters in a prepared statement, “and they bring proven, high-quality development that is completely in line with our Downtown Master Plan and design/use guidelines.”
The firm's previous work in Atlanta includes United Lofts near Ormewood Park, Castleberry Point Lofts, and Glen Iris Lofts across the street from Ponce City Market.
Ellen Powell, Avondale DDA spokesperson, tells Urbanize Atlanta developers have indicated construction could start in the third quarter of this year. We’ve asked how long it might take to construct and deliver, and this story will be updated with any additional details that come.
The ATG Partners venture is one facet of development planned to eventually rise around the park’s edges, with hotel and residential sections also in the offing (as detailed in the gallery here).
In October, the Town Green project earned a 2022 Regional Excellence Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission for its functionality and ability to improve quality of life in the area. More importantly (we jest), Avondale Estates officially brought home the esteemed Golden Urby Chalice of Champions last week.
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