A mixed-use project is now officially under construction where Atlanta’s first permanent (or not) food truck park operated for a decade.

Officials with SHR Residential, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Songy Highroads, have broken ground on a Class A apartment project called The Howell at a highly visible location in Buckhead’s Collier Village section.

The Howell expects to deliver 210 apartments described as “premium” alongside coworking space and slots for retail or restaurants. The 2.65-acre parcel constitutes the northwest corner of Howell Mill Road’s intersection with Interstate 75, in a section of town commonly referred to as the Upper Westside.

The Cooper Carry-designed project is another significant bet on the Howell Mill corridor, where stretches have undergone night-day transformations as investment has poured in over the past decade and a half.

How The Howell is expected to look to thousands of motorists passing by daily on Interstate 75. Courtesy of SHR Residential; designs, Cooper Carry architects

The site’s previous occupant, Atlanta Food Truck Park, opened on formerly weedy lots in 2012 where a hotel had once operated. The food truck destination, which consistently hosted up to 15 trucks at once, has since tweaked its concept and relocated to Jonesboro.

The Howell will include a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments and an unspecified amount of commercial space. According to new renderings, an amenities area atop an exposed parking deck will face the interstate.  

The project's Howell Mill Road frontage, just north of I-75. Courtesy of SHR Residential; designs, Cooper Carry architects

An aerial of the 2.6-acre site at the northwest corner of Howell Mill Road's intersection with Interstate 75. Google Maps

The project marks SHR Residential’s first ground-up multifamily project. The company’s president and chief operating officer, Todd W. Nocerini, predicts The Howell will become one “of the finest and most conveniently located Class A rental communities in the Upper Westside neighborhood,” according to a media release.  

SHR Residential expects to open the complex at 1850 Howell Mill Road in early 2024.

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