The first residential component at The Works on Atlanta’s so-called Upper Westside is, well, in the works.
Like other intown adaptive-reuse ventures from The Beacon to Krog Street Market, Selig Development’s The Works first delivered a bounty of food and beverage offerings and is now seeing the addition of housing to help support it.
Selig officials announced a joint venture this week with real estate company GID, developer of Dunwoody’s massive High Street project, that will complete The Works’ initial phase with 306 apartments rising over Chattahoochee Avenue, due west of Midtown.
As is, the warehouse redevelopment’s first phase is home to 12,000 square feet of offices and 160,000 square feet of retail, including the eclectic Chattahoochee Food Works, a 31-stall food hall.
An experiential gaming and dining concept called The Third Spot—billed as “The Eatertainment Concept of the Future”—is expected to claim another 26,000-square-foot space at the Underwood Hills development early next year.
Steve Baile, Selig Development’s chief operating and development officer, said adding residential options will be key to The Works’ goal of becoming “a hub for unique experiences” in the formerly sleepy warehouse district.
Designed by the RJTR architecture firm, the apartments are expected to start delivering in mid-2023 beside The Works’ main entrance, adjacent to a 1-acre greenspace called The Camp. Seventy percent of the rentals will be one-bedroom units, and the rest two-bedrooms, officials said. GID is serving as equity partner, while Selig Development is developing.
The project is unique in that it received one of Atlanta’s first industrial mixed-use zoning designations, or I-MIX, allowing for new residential to be built within a historically industrial site. Selig worked with the city’s Department of Planning to help create the designation last year.
Beyond the food hall, the Works’ retail and restaurant lineup includes Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Dr. Scofflaw’s brewery, Ballard Designs, Adelina Social Goods, and American Axes, among others. Roughly 125,000 square feet of adaptive-reuse office space is currently leased.
Alongside The Third Spot, restaurants Waffle Experience and Brash Kitchen, along with another Fetch Dog Park location, are expected to open in the spring.
• Photos: Wandering Atlanta's latest warehouse redevelopment at night (Urbanize Atlanta)