More evidence of developers’ voracious appetites for building new housing within walking distance of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail has recently come to light.

Across the street from the sprawling construction zone that is Empire Communities’ 34-acre Zephyr project, Atlanta-based Epic Development is barreling ahead with an infill project that will add for-sale townhome options along the southern reaches of Boulevard.

The combined sites in question—1304 and 1316 Boulevard—span 2.3 acres immediately north of southside hangout Red’s Beer Garden. A long-abandoned carwash and heavily wooded property have recently been cleared.

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Looking north toward Grant Park, the former Boulevard carwash and wooded acreage in question, prior to demolition in January. Red's Beer Garden is pictured at right. Google Maps

The site is located in Benteen, a small neighborhood bordering Boulevard Heights and Chosewood Park that includes a namesake greenspace.

Jim LaVallee, Epic’s director for development and marketing, tells Urbanize Atlanta site development in Benteen should be complete by the end of 2023. The project hasn’t been named, and renderings aren’t currently available.

According to LaVallee, plans call for 39 townhomes ranging from 2,080 to 2,150 square feet. Prices are expected to land the mid-$600,000s range.

Epic hopes to deliver the semi-detached dwellings sometime next summer, per LaVallee.

The project had to be redesigned twice before it could gain Special Administrative Permit approval at the city level in 2022, LaVallee previously said.

The site's proximity to the massive Empire Zephyr project across the street, shown at bottom. Google Maps

Surrounding blocks are no stranger these days to construction cranes and heavy equipment, as the Southside Trail’s connection to Boulevard is now fully under construction, promising an off-street link up to places like Ponce City Market and south Buckhead soon. 

Beyond Empire’s Zephyr community, nearby Chosewood Park projects include the 128-townhome Maguire at Skylar, a multifamily complex called The Upton, and in Boulevard Heights, a TPA residential venture that's replacing a landfill across more than 8 acres.

Part of Epic Development's 2.3-acre site prior to demolition. Google Maps


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