The feel and functionality of blocks constituting Reynoldstown’s Atlanta BeltLine frontage is rapidly changing.

Nowhere is that more apparent than the southeast corner of Empire Communities’ growing Stein Street project, which has transformed formerly industrial and vacant properties into something akin to Atlanta’s version of older East Coast cities, with aspects echoing New York boroughs and even Charleston, to a degree.

Demolition at the longstanding steel plant of the same name started in early 2021, and Empire officials consider ongoing work phase two.

Along a newly created street called Beardon Circle, the unique mix of stacked condos in brick-clad buildings (the Milltown section), townhomes, and other components is the densest portion of the 6.5-acre project to date.

The throwback-style Milltown section includes single-level flats and multi-level stacks, each with parking in dedicated slots at ground level.

Where stacked condos have changed the look and feel of Gibson Street. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

According to Empire marketing materials, two condos remain without pending contracts that can close before year’s end. Priced in the $530,000s, both have two bedrooms and two and ½ bathrooms in 1,270 square feet.

A cheaper, smaller option—the one-bedroom Friend floorplan, with 691 square feet—was offered earlier this year in the $330,000s.

Empire’s two-bedroom townhomes, meanwhile, have been selling from the high $500,000s on the block this year. 

How Empire's townhome row along Kirkwood Avenue has turned out. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

The Reynoldstown block in question in 2016. Google Maps

Stein Steel will eventually see dozens of housing units arranged around new streets and a greenspace component, joining the new adaptive-reuse restaurant and bar Breaker Breaker. It’s replacing land previously occupied by a BeltLine-fronting steel plant, heavy equipment, and gravel lots.

Find a quick tour of the Milltown buildings and other sections of the block as they stand today in the gallery above.

For a broader look at the new community at large—including “no-car homes” and designs adjacent to the Eastside Trail—head to our most recent coverage here.  


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