Georgia Tech’s goal of creating an 18-acre “inclusive innovation” district near campus will start showing visible progress soon, broadening the scope of rapid development west of Midtown, project officials announced this week.
Developers leading the push to create a mixed-use community with a scientific core called Science Square—formerly Technology Enterprise Park—have closed on ground leases and are prepared to begin the first phase of redevelopment with labs, offices, and apartments.
Spanning 18 acres, the tech park is located where North Avenue meets Northside Drive, just southwest of the institute’s main campus. Neighbors include Georgia Tech's North Avenue Research Area, MetLife’s Northyard’s office park, and what used to be Herndon Homes public housing.
Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures—a cooperative organization of Georgia Tech—picked developers Trammel Crow Company and High Street Residential to build the remaining phases of Science Square last year.
Five new phases are in the works overall, with a goal of creating “a leading mixed-use, life science center for inclusive innovation,” as project heads put it last year.
Phase one calls for 27 stories of new development overall, between a high-tech office building and apartment stack next door, as What Now Atlanta first reported.
That will include a 13-story Class A lab and office tower called Science Square Labs, a 365,000-square-foot spec project designed by Perkins + Will and developed by TCC. At street level, retail space is also planned.
Amenities call for a fitness center, conference space, and an indoor/outdoor tenant lounge with a catering kitchen and attached deck with skyline views, which can be reserved for special events, officials said in a press release.
Science Square Labs is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2024.
Next door, the 280-unit, Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio-designed apartment building will mark High Street’s first residential project in Atlanta. It’s planned to stand 14 stories with apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms and retail at the base.
Officials say the first homes will deliver in early 2024, with the full building coming online later that year.
Kelly Fox, Georgia Tech’s executive vice president of administration and finance, said Science Square’s development will solidify Atlanta as a top emerging life sciences market. “We’ll have the ability to provide the infrastructure needed,” said Fox in a press release, “to capture the increasing demand for lab space generated from the growth of research and commercialization within the life science industry.”
To the site’s immediate south, Atlanta Housing is redeveloping the former Herndon Homes property into a 12-acre mixed-use venture called Herndon Square.
A couple of blocks west, the 1.7-mile Westside BeltLine Connector opened last year. The PATH Foundation and Atlanta BeltLine collaboration serves as a multi-use trail link between downtown and the area around Westside Park.
One goal with Science Square, officials have said, is to engage residents, students, and teachers in surrounding neighborhoods and expose them to careers in the biomedical and life sciences industry. To that end, TCC is donation $500,000 with a Community Education Grant to support outreach, education, and job training.
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