Three years after site plans first came to light, Reynoldstown’s largest current development is preparing to enter a new phase of construction that couldn’t be much closer to the Atlanta BeltLine.  

After breaking ground in 2021, Empire Communities’ Stein Steel project—named for a steel plant that operated on the 6.5-acre site for nearly a century—has remade property once marketed as BeltLine “beachfront” near the junction of historic, coveted Eastside Trail neighborhoods such as Cabbagetown, Old Fourth Ward, and Inman Park.

Eventually, Stein Steel’s plans call for dozens of for-sale housing units arranged around new streets, an expanded greenspace component, and popular adaptive-reuse restaurant and bar Breaker Breaker.

As part of the project’s fourth development phase, a portion called The Central Track is being prepped now to begin construction in coming months, Saba Loghman, Empire’s director of acquisitions, tells Urbanize Atlanta.

Empire’s plans call for going vertical on stacked condos facing the Eastside Trail in April, with delivery of the first units scheduled for November this year. (See the portion of the site plan highlighted by the red box below.)

Courtesy of Empire Communities

According to Loghman, The Central Track’s plans also call for 15 new townhomes and detached cottages in future phases. (Project officials have previously said the seven cottages will not include garages or any dedicated parking—a rarity in Atlanta.)

No information regarding the cost of phase four units was available this week.

How phase-two residences are expected to meet the BeltLine's Eastside Trail, with the restaurant component in the distance. Courtesy of Empire Communities

Elsewhere around Stein Steel, the first two phases of townhomes have all sold, according to Loghman.

Meanwhile, the southernmost portion of the project—Milltown Stacks, or phase three—remains under construction but has sold more than half of its homes, priced from the $350,000s to $690,000s.

Four more units are scheduled to deliver next month (shown in the green box above), while the remaining buildings in the third phase (shown in orange) are on pace to finish in May, according to Loghman.

On the greenspace front, Empire is finishing work on the Upper Lang-Carson Park component (an expansion of an existing park next door) and is in the process of transferring the private land and its infrastructure upgrades to the City of Atlanta.

The official transfer is expected to be complete within a couple of months.

“In total,” noted Loghman in an email, “it will be roughly a half-acre of new public greenspace and improvements off the BeltLine for Reynoldstown, Stein Steel, and the city.”

Loghman called Breaker Breaker a success in both business and historic preservation, while the rest of the project (standing two to four stories) is aiming to weave itself into the neighborhood.

“As phases start to build out, we’re seeing a strong pick up in sales… with buyers now able to see the quality and vision of the project taking shape,” said Loghman.

The latest Stein Steel site plan, with a centralized condo building replaced by a variety of for-sale housing types. Courtesy of Empire Communities


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