Two years after breaking ground, Grant Park’s latest multifamily complex with direct Atlanta BeltLine accessibility is rounding into shape.

For its first Atlanta project, Charleston-based developer Middle Street Partners has transformed a former 3.5-acre industrial site where Boulevard meets the BeltLine at the southern edge of Grant Park, a few blocks south of Zoo Atlanta.

Called "The Boulevard at Grant Park" (formerly "BeltLine & Boulevard"), the project marks the first Southside Trail apartment venture to bury its parking structure—an expensive step that helps improve aesthetics and provide denser, more urban functionality. The 323-unit apartment building will ultimately rise six stories above ground.

Middle Street’s plans also call for 5,000 square feet of retail and commercial space at the base, lining 350 feet of the BeltLine. (Just east, on the same trail, another BeltLine retail pitstop is in the works at The Penman project.)

We’re working with Middle Street reps to gather an updated ETA on the Grant Park project, to include rent details, and to see if any retail spaces have been leased. At last check in 2021, the Boulevard project was expected to welcome its first residents this past November and wrap construction sometime this year. [UPDATE: 3:21 p.m., February 22: Project reps send word that leasing is underway, first move-ins are set by the end of March, and developers "are close on some retail tenant announcements" but can't divulge more now.]  

The building was designed with WFH culture in mind, with dedicated office spaces in each unit, plus a dog park, coworking spaces, and a 24-hour gym on site.

How the BeltLine & Boulevard project meets a lighted pedestrian crossing at Boulevard today. The retail and commercial portion is shown at bottom. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

How Grant Park's latest rentals are planned to meet the Southside Trail with retail.Courtesy of Middle Street Partners

Expect a range of apartments from studios to two-bedrooms, with an average of 729 square feet. Fifteen percent of rentals will meet the city’s inclusionary zoning guidelines, which means about 50 homes will be designated as affordable for anyone earning 80 percent of the area’s median income, officials previously told Urbanize Atlanta.

Eventually, the Boulevard intersection is expected to act as a popular gateway to the five-mile Southside Trail, which opened in an interim state in 2019 and completed its first paved new section in 2021. Work on the Southside Trail’s segments 4 and 5—spanning from Boulevard around to Glenwood Avenue in Ormewood Park—is expected to start next month and finish in roughly two years.

The two-mile gap from Boulevard heading west is scheduled to be bid out for construction in September, according to the BeltLine’s most recent construction update.

Middle Street’s Grant Park apartment building, a partnership with Pacific Coast Capital Partners, replaced a small 1960s industrial complex formerly home to Waken Meat Company. The developer is also building a two-tower Juniper Street project in Midtown that’s fully under construction.

In the gallery above, find more context and a closer look at construction progress in Grant Park.

[CORRECTION 3:21 p.m., February 22: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified this project by its former name.]


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