An infill project promising to deliver “convenient connection and lavish living” directly on the Atlanta BeltLine’s popular Eastside Trail has a new name and fresh façade.

Formerly called 678 Edgewood for its address, the $37-million Studioplex project has been rechristened “Citizen” as construction enters the home stretch in Old Fourth Ward.

The 12,000-square-foot retail portion fronting the BeltLine will be called “The Shoppes at Citizen,” according to signage on site.

Now clad in black (or intensely dark gray) planking, as renderings had promised, the seven-story Columbia Ventures apartment project broke ground in fall 2021 and completed vertical construction late last summer.  

Leasing rates have yet to be posted, but the project’s website indicates apartments will range from studios to two-bedroom units.  

How the Citizen facade is coming together, as shown over the retail section coined "The Shoppes at Citizen" this week. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Last year, Columbia Ventures signed leases with Emerald City Bagels and fit-boxing gym VESTA to occupy spaces at the base of the 678 Edgewood Avenue building, constituting about half of available retail space.   

We’ve checked this week with Columbia Ventures for updates on Citizen’s ETA and retail leasing and will post any additional information that comes.

Having claimed one of the last open parcels for large-scale development on the Eastside Trail, the project’s ground-floor plans call for continuing a row of retail facing the BeltLine that includes Shake Shack, Pour Taproom, Guac y Margys, and Nina and Rafi pizza, among others.

Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

For the popular New York-style bagel shop, the Eastside Trail-adjacent location will be the first outside of East Atlanta Village, where the former pop-up business opened its first brick-and-mortar in 2018. Meanwhile VESTA, the fitness concept, is vacating the 774 Ponce de Leon Avenue gym location it opened in 2015 in light of redevelopment that will also claim Ponce stalwarts such as The Local and MJQ.

Emerald City Bagels will occupy a corner space, while VESTA will open in the middle of other retailers, officials have previously told Urbanize Atlanta.

Atop the Citizen retail will be 114 apartments, with sizes ranging from 400 to about 1,200 square feet. Fifteen percent of those rentals will be reserved as affordable housing, per BeltLine inclusionary housing rules. Developers have said those units will likely be reserved for households earning 80 percent of the area median income or less.

Columbia Ventures previously developed retail hub SPX Alley next door, with townhomes above built by Thrive Homes.

Other projects under construction in the corridor include Portman Holdings’ six-story office concept at Irwin Street called Junction Krog District. Next door, an anchor component of Asana Partners’ growing Krog District, the sprawling BrewDog Atlanta brewery, debuted in October. 

See where Citizen stands today in the gallery above.


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