A mixed-use development is in the works that would claim a corner near an iconic restaurant and some of Atlanta’s most storied universities.
The four-story proposal would rise at 780 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW at Atlanta University Center, just south of Vine City and west of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The location is also one block east of legendary soul food restaurant Busy Bee Café, on the same side of the street, according to an application for mixed-use rezoning filed last month by New Market Hospitality.
Clad in brick, metal, and fiber-cement board meant to give the appearance of wood, the 16,581-square-foot building would see retail space at its base fronting MLK Jr. Drive. Above that would be 16 units of student housing, according to plans drawn up by Goode Van Slyke Architecture.
The project would replace a one-story building and empty lot at the southwest corner of MLK Jr. Drive and James P. Brawley Drive. No healthy trees are expected to be removed for redevelopment, the application notes.
The proposal is seeking rezoning from the SPI-4 SA4 classification to SPI-4 SA12 to allow for more density.
Blueprints filed with the city indicate the building would include about 3,300 square feet of retail at ground level.
A rezoning hearing for the project is scheduled Jan. 4 next year, according to the Department of City Planning.
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