Georgia Tech’s westward expansion is again showing signs of life.

A rezoning application filed this week with the city indicates Georgia Tech’s remake of the former Randall Brothers Construction Materials headquarters—a century-old complex at 665 Marietta Street—is beginning to move forward.  

The 7.5-acre property is located where North Avenue meets Marietta Street, a few steps north of downtown and directly west of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech officials have said an arts-focused redevelopment will replace the longstanding building supply company.

Paperwork filed with the city’s Concept Review Committee indicates the project would see mixed-use development with “multifamily, dormitory, hotel, office, and commercial uses.”

Brickwork on a main warehouse structure along Marietta Street. [UPDATE: Readers report this structure has been taken down in recent weeks.] Google Maps

How the 7.5-acre property long owned by Randall Brothers Construction Materials relates to Marietta Street, Coca-Cola's complex, and campus.Google Maps

The adaptive-reuse project would continue Georgia Tech’s growth spurt on the western rim of campus and beyond, where the university’s first new student housing since 2005 is planned and the Science Square project topped out earlier this year.

According to paperwork filed with the City of Atlanta Office of Buildings, the Marietta Street development team is seeking to have the former warehouse property rezoned from industrial uses (I-1) to mixed-use (MRC-3).  

Randall Brothers initially put the Marietta Street property up for sale in early 2018, citing the area’s post-Olympics boom and rise in property value during the current long development cycle. In November that year, Georgia Tech Foundation paid $36 million for the 7.5-acre property, noting that its bones and adaptive-reuse potential echo two success stories on the flipside of downtown: Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.

The 665 Marietta Street warehouse site in relation to Georgia Tech, the downtown Connector, and other landmarks. Google Maps

The 7.5-acre cluster of warehouses, at left, with downtown ahead in the distance. Google Maps

We’ve reached out to a project representative for more information on the project’s scope and a potential groundbreaking. This story will be updated with any further information that comes.

After selling the Marietta Street property, Randall Brothers relocated its Atlanta facility to an overhauled headquarters building overlooking Atlanta Road near Interstate 285.

General overview of how ongoing redevelopment projects in the area west of Georgia Tech's main campus could come together over the next few years. Georgia Tech


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