Atlanta’s latest multifamily project to opt for a unique hotel-apartment approach is nearing its debut in the northern blocks of downtown.

Officials have confirmed to Urbanize Atlanta that Sonder, a San Francisco-based short-term rental company, will operate the new 126 Renaissance mid-rise building where downtown meets Old Fourth Ward.

The project by Dezhu US, a Norcross-based subsidiary of Dezhu China, began in 2019 by razing a 70-year-old former auto shop, Mellen Parts Company, located between Courtland Street and Piedmont Avenue.

Elsewhere in Atlanta, Dezhu has built the Reverb by Hard Rock hotel in Castleberry Hill, the six-story J5 Midtown condos, and other residential ventures in Old Fourth Ward.

Sonder added Atlanta in early 2020 to its list of more than 35 cities, offering rates the company says are about 15 percent lower than hotels. A one-bedroom at Sonder’s other local property, 549 Peachtree near Emory Midtown Hospital, rents tonight for $101, for example, not including parking.

Courtesy of Sonder

Sonder spokesperson Kate Cory said the new Renaissance Parkway building will feature 120 rentals ranging from studios to two-bedroom flats, each with in-unit laundry, full kitchens, and private balconies.

“Rates will vary depending on factors like seasonality, room choice, and time of week,” Cory wrote via email.

Kyungsu Kim, a general contractor heading 126 Renaissance’s construction, said the property is on track to open in coming weeks. It stands seven stories, counting two podium levels of parking, with about 3,000 square feet of retail at the base. No retail tenants have been signed, Kim said.

Building amenities include a yoga room, gym, outdoor patio, conference room, and bike storage. Sonder will also provide, via a third party, food and beverage services for guests.

“It’s very modern—it really looks good,” said Kim. “It’s contact-free, all online and operated by apps. It’s a new concept hotel, for longer stays, but the layout is kind of apartment.”

The west facade, toward Peachtree Street. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Project architect Paul Van Slyke, a partner and co-founder of Goode Van Slyke, said the podium design—a “five-over-two”—was among the first of its kind within city limits. “[That’s] desirable,” Van Slyke noted, “because it’s environmentally friendly, easier to heat and cool, and saves on construction costs.”  

The 126 Renaissance project had initially been planned as for-sale condos. But like the new Star Metals Residences across town on Howell Mill Road, the property later pivoted toward “hospitality living.”

Woodfield Development's 16-story apartment venture, 505 Courtland, has topped out across the street. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

According to Cory, the interior’s design “was inspired by the vibrancy of the city, with rich colors and textures incorporated throughout the shared areas and every unit.” Sonder brought in Atlanta artist Christina Kwan, who specializes in abstract and floral works, to create pieces featured in each unit.

Have a closer, exclusive look in the gallery above.

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