In the five and ½ years since the Georgia Building Authority sold Pullman Yards to California movie producers looking to branch into mixed-use development, the 27-acre, century-old Kirkwood site has been called myriad things: a “creative city within a city,” an off-limits movie set on valuable land, the “Pratt Pullman District,” a hodgepodge of uses where progress had been frustratingly slow, or more recently, per Pullman’s marketing, “the South’s premier entertainment destination.”

One thing it can’t be called anymore is idle.

Project reps recently reached out with updates on what’s happening at “one of the only properties of its kind in the country,” a complex with historical protections built in 1904 as a sugar and fertilizer processing plant and later used by the Pullman Passenger Rail Company.

Pullman Yards’ biggest permanent get—beyond the three-building Broadstone Pullman apartments that opened last year, adding the first residential component—is the second location of celebrated Atlanta seafood restaurant and raw bar Fishmonger. It occupies, artfully, a 1922 building that once served as a laundry facility for train car linens and Pullman employees’ uniforms.

The westward view along MARTA and active railroad lines to downtown and Midtown. Pullman Yards' latest restaurant addition, Fishmonger, is shown on the corner, at center.

At the same end of the property, Stranger Things: The Experience is the latest immersive attraction to take up residence in the smaller of Pullman’s two massive former railcar sheds. Stranger Things’ Atlanta run ends Sunday, with adult tickets priced from $39.

Elsewhere, a skating rink made from “Glice”—described as a synthetic, eco-friendly ice—will operate until Feb. 15, no matter how high temps rise. (Adult tickets are $15, while kids 12 and under are $12.) That space occasionally hosts silent discos (with headphones), while a “marshmallow bar” operates near a fire pit nearby.  

Meanwhile, construction passersby may have noticed along Rogers Street near the new apartments is related to water lines that will be used to install permanent restrooms on the property, according to a project rep.

In the gallery, find a photo tour (including aerial images from January) that illustrates where Pullman Yards stands five and 1/2 years into its next incarnation.


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