Two years after finalized renderings emerged, the fences have come down around an Atlanta BeltLine infill project that bicyclists, walkers, and even electric-powered skateboarders have been slowing down to observe.

Veteran Atlanta developer Portman has been itching to plant a flag in economically fertile BeltLine soil for more than five years, and that’s now come in the form of a six-story, $85-million Class A office project rendered in Darth Vader black.

The 135,000-square-foot project, Junction Krog District, lends a modern contrast to the throwback brick and more traditional designs of Asana Partners’ new buildings across the BeltLine. Beneath a stack of large office balconies, public-accessible aspects of Portman’s development include a vertical terrace with gardens and multiple seating areas, and a long, deep porch.  

Stacked office balconies overlooking the BeltLine. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Vertical beams make for a visual transition from brick to the project's more imposing black facade. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Project officials recently announced the first tenant, Italian restaurant YEPPA&co, is scheduled to open in March in part of 9,000 square feet of commercial space at the building’s base.  

According to the Junction Krog District website, the project includes 203 vehicle parking spaces, available at rates of $150 per month. (More than 730 spaces of street parking, the site notes, are available nearby for free. At least hypothetically.)

At the property's northeast corner, overlooking the BeltLine, these outdoor social spaces are expected to come to life soon. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Portman has been making waves at various points along the BeltLine in recent weeks.

Just north of the Auburn Avenue project, Portman recently closed on 1.3 acres beside the Eastside Trail where Junction Krog District’s second phase is eventually planned to be built.

Farther north on the trail, the company has also scaled back its plans for a blocks-long transformation of Ponce de Leon Avenue, meaning some businesses such as The Local will keep operating for the foreseeable future, as lending rates stay high. And as Bisnow reports, Portman’s plans for overhauling the Amsterdam Walk district have come to light, though there’s no definitive timeline for moving forward there either.

For a glimpse at project renderings (including scrapped early designs) head hereSee how the project looks in reality today in the gallery above.


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