In a sign the Atlanta food hall concept has not only survived the COVID-19 pandemic but is bullishly emerging from it, Ponce City Market is expanding its interior footprint with a greater array of food offerings as part of planned new development all around the landmark property.

A 5,000-square-foot expansion of Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall—a new wing, they’re calling it—is on track to open early this summer, bringing more culinary options beyond the adaptive-reuse goliath’s towering main interior corridor, project reps announced today.

The expansion will take over the former Onward Reserve space and a leasing office near the freight elevator for The Roof entertainment zone. (Onward Reserve has relocated to the second floor.) Aesthetically, the new wing will mirror the food hall, with open ceilings, polished concrete floors, exposed brick, and historical artifacts from the building’s past.

The Central Food Hall today.Courtesy of Ponce City Market/Jamestown Properties

Ultimately, the new wing will house six shops and restaurants, with communal seating dotted throughout.

Additional businesses are expected to be announced once confirmed, but the first three are: Nani’s Rotisserie Chicken (from the Chai Pani Restaurant Group), a third Atlanta location of VIỆTVANA Phở Noodle House (with others in Avondale Estates and Midtown), and JJ’s Flower Shop.

Meanwhile, Jamestown is reviving plans for a mixed-use, 21-story tower atop an existing parking deck that would overlook the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

Plans call for 160 new apartments and 3,800 square feet of retail to sprout from the property’s southeastern corner, all topped by a roof deck, on what’s known as PCM’s Parcel F. Ten percent of rentals would be earmarked as affordable housing at 60 percent of the area’s median income.

Jamestown is also moving forward on a 225-foot tower at the opposite corner of the Old Fourth Ward property, where Ponce de Leon Avenue meets Glen Iris Drive. 

Where a 225-foot tower, at right, is planned for the northwest corner of PCM's property.Courtesy of Ponce City Market/Jamestown Properties

That “hospitality living” tower would see about 400 units—some available for short-term stays of a single night—with 13,000 square feet of retail and a rooftop terrace with pool.  

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