Developer Jamestown announced today the third new building around Ponce City Market’s block in Old Fourth Ward is officially going vertical, using locally sourced timber that reduces carbon footprints, is cleaner to construct, and lends a “warm, healthy, and welcoming work environment for the people who will occupy the space,” as one official put it.
Called 619 Ponce, the four-story, mass-timber loft office building will rise where Ponce de Leon Avenue meets Glen Iris Drive, across the street from a popular carwash. Like a 21-story residential tower under construction next door—another facet of Ponce City Market’s phase-two growth spurt—619 Ponce is replacing a surface parking lot.
It’s expected to offer 85,000 square feet of office space, with 25,000 square feet of retail joining the behemoth hub of shops and eateries next door.
Jamestown heads are taking pride in the fact 619 Ponce will be built from Georgia-grown timber and a regional supply chain, a first for this type of construction in the Peach State, they say. Most wood for mass-timber construction is currently imported from Canada, Austria, or Germany, but keeping the process regional helps tamp down on transportation emissions and overall environmental impact, company officials say.
619 Ponce’s columns, beams and floor slabs will be constructed of southern yellow pine sawtimber harvested from Georgia forests. That includes supplies from timberland Jamestown owns and manages near Columbus. (Fun fact: The developer currently controls more than 100,000 acres of timberlands across New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.) Jamestown is aiming to achieve net zero operational carbon by 2050.
“Mass timber is the future of sustainable development, and the future of mass timber is locally sourced,” Michael Phillips, Jamestown president, said in a prepared statement.
As designed by Handel Architects, 619 Ponce is expected to deliver sometime in 2024. Its timber—milled in Albany and converted to cross-laminated timber in Alabama—will be pieced together onsite by StructureCraft and J.E. Dunn.
In terms of amenities, 619 Ponce is expected to include an onsite daycare, medical facilities, bike storage, and complementary access for tenants to The Roof at Ponce City Market.
It joins two 21-story new towers as part of Ponce City Market’s phase two. The flexible-stay building next door will bring 405 furnished units, while Signal House—geared toward active adults and the 55+ community—topped out over the BeltLine last year.
Find a closer look at what 619 Ponce will entail in the gallery above.
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