In an industrial section of downtown Chamblee, an adaptive-reuse project is aiming to add creative offices to a surge of new restaurants, townhomes, condos, and apartment communities sprouting in the ITP city.

Construction recently started on a 35,500-square-foot redo of a warehouse at 2135 American Industrial Way, located roughly two blocks from eateries and shops in Chamblee’s historical commercial core.

Officials with Seven Oaks Company and Packard Capital, a joint venture on the project, say the 2-acre site will benefit from proximity to restaurants such as Southbound and BlueTop, Chamblee’s MARTA station, arterial roadways, and also diverse nearby neighborhoods.

The office project in relation to Chamblee's de facto Main Street, Peachtree Road. Google Maps

The single-story building has previously served as an event rental company’s warehouse—and an antique showroom providing movie props to Georgia film studios, officials said.

Outside the building, S/L/A/M Collaborative-designed plans call for a 1,200-square-foot covered patio, an outdoor seating area modeled after beer gardens, and a dedicated food truck area.

The interior will feature a lobby with roll-up garage doors to the patio and large façade windows, project leaders said. 

The conversion is expected to finish and open for tenants in June.

Proposed look of interiors. Courtesy of Seven Oaks, Packard Capital; designs, S/L/A/M Collaborative

“We’re excited to be part of the growing and vibrant downtown Chamblee community, which has been gaining momentum with other commercial and residential developments,” said Seven Oaks principal Randy Holmes in an announcement today. “[This project] will appeal to businesses that desire walkability."

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