Two years after it was announced, a multi-pronged development expected to inject downtown East Point with hundreds of jobs, housing options, and commercial vibrancy has set a potential start date.

City of East Point officials on Wednesday approved a real estate purchase deal with Atlanta-based Mynd Match Development Group that green-lights the redevelopment of 9 acres in the 2700 block of Main Street into a mixed-use hub called The Commons.

As laid out in site plans, The Commons calls for roughly 79,000 square feet of commercial space in the form of offices, shops, and restaurants, all situated just north of East Point’s historic downtown and MARTA hub.

On the residential side, 316 multifamily units and 23 single-family townhomes are in the works, alongside 11,440 square feet of amenity areas. Plans also call for 403 parking spaces for residents and visitors in two garages, with more parking at street level.

Overview of the 9 acres East Point leaders say will become an equitable development. City of East Point, via YouTube

The East Point Commons masterplan, with level one depicted at left and level two at right. Mynd Match Development Group; designs, TVS

According to city officials, the land deal with Mynd Match allows for “transformative” development and “marks a significant milestone in East Point’s ongoing efforts to enhance its economic vitality and quality of life,” per a Thursday announcement.  

A groundbreaking ceremony for The Commons has been set for Friday, Dec. 29 to “serve as a symbol of progress and a testament to the collaborative effort” between the city and development partners, according to city officials.

Initial redevelopment plans for the largely empty 9 acres were unveiled in late 2021, when project leaders predicted the TVS-designed venture would cost $111 million.

The project’s broader goal is to provide equitable housing, more services, and retail options while extending the city’s walkable appeal northward toward downtown Atlanta, city officials have said.  

Future prices of The Commons townhomes and apartment rents haven’t been estimated to date.   

A planned communal space off Main Street as part of the East Point Commons project. Mynd Match Development Group; designs, TVS

Mynd Match Development Group; designs, TVS

East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham has predicted The Commons will become a placemaking cog for downtown that spurs further revitalization. Excell Lewis, Mynd Match’s chairman and CEO, forecasted in 2022 the project will create 1,500 jobs, including work for local contractors during the building process.

In the gallery above, find site context today—and a much closer look at what East Point Commons is planned to be tomorrow.


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