A sizable townhome project moving forward along Hapeville’s version of Main Street marks the latest developer bet on the south ITP city in the shadow of Atlanta’s airport.

Around the corner from Epic Development’s under-construction Stillwood project, a 3.9-acre site has been cleared of existing structures at 781 North Central Avenue, a couple of blocks from Hapeville’s shops and eats.

In the works are 68 rental townhomes with greenspace and common areas described as Class A product meant to capitalize on demand for “high-quality, single-family, for-rent living with premier access to major jobs and amenities,” according to a project announcement.

The 3.9-acre townhome site, in red, as shown in relation to eateries and other attractions in downtown Hapeville. Google Maps

The project is a joint venture between veteran developers BCDC (Batson-Cook Development Company) and a company called North and Central Ventures, founded by Homebuilder Scott Hudson and architect and developer Matt Vyverberg.

Expect two, three, and four-bedroom townhome options with between 1,280 and 1,830 square feet, all set atop two-car garages. Amenities will include a dog park, fire pits, and other communal spaces for renters, according to project reps.

Demolition of former homes on Hapeville’s North Central Avenue last month. Google Maps

One flank of townhome facades along North Central Avenue. Courtesy of North & Central Ventures, BCDC

Developers expect the Harrison Homes-designed townhouses to come together quickly, with first move-ins scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. A project rep tells Urbanize Atlanta that all 68 units will rent at market-rate.

Other investments around Hapeville’s Central Avenue abound.

Closer to Interstate 75 and Porsche’s growing North American Headquarters, a 285-unit project called SCP Hapeville is under construction and expected to open in early 2023.

Beyond residential development, Hapeville has tallied its share of buzzy new additions in recent years, including a theater renovation, an expanded Corner Tavern, and the opening of craft beer brewery Arches, alongside several other eclectic eateries. (The townhome development team points to Chick-Fil-A’s original Dwarf House restaurant, Volare Wine and Bistro, and Dua Vietnamese as additional draws within walking distance.)

Between Hapeville’s historic core and the airport, real estate investment company Coro Realty and builder Miller Lowry Developers have partnered to buy about 60 different parcels totaling 16 acres. Officials with those companies told Urbanize Atlanta last year long-term plans call for a mix of commercial, residential, and hospitality uses at the doorstep of downtown Hapeville.

Miller Lowry has also developed a Hapeville townhome venture called The Clyde a few blocks away.

Hapeville news, discussion (Urbanize Atlanta)