Trees Atlanta’s stylish and versatile new headquarters has (almost) officially sprouted in Southwest Atlanta.
The green advocacy group’s indoor-outdoor campus has entered the final stages of construction at 825 Warner Street in Oakland City, according to architecture firm Lord Aeck Sargent, the project’s designers.
Located a few steps from the BeltLine’s Westside Trail, the 23,000-square-foot building—officially, the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Treehouse—will soon house offices for three other environmental nonprofits, too: Georgia Audubon, The Conservation Fund, and The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, as Trees Atlanta announced in September.
Beyond offices, interior spaces will included classrooms, conference rooms, and facilities designed for events and community gatherings with catering capabilities.
The campus is meant to accommodate the conservationist nonprofit’s growth and engage its staff, neighboring businesses and residents, and school kids in the area. Demolition in 2021 took down a 1930s industrial building on site once used by baking companies—and as an art space called The Bakery.
A meadow has taken shape on the east side of the site, near the BeltLine, along with 54 parking spaces, and 22 bike spaces. Still standing is a tall steel cylinder, once used as a grain silo, that’s been incorporated into new designs.
Almost 200 new trees are scheduled to be planted around the property, which Trees Atlanta bought in 2019 for $3 million.
After five years, Trees Atlanta closed its former TreeHouse on Krog Street with direct Eastside Trail access in May 2020, and the organization is currently headquartered at Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. In late 2021, Invest Atlanta announced the new Trees Atlanta headquarters project would receive $13 million in New Markets Tax Credits to support its development.
The larger facility will allow the agency to plant almost 10,000 trees per year, create 20 full-time jobs, employ 95 high school students, and reach more than 9,000 students annually, as Invest Atlanta noted at the time.
Other significant development sites in the immediate area include 20-acre Murphy Crossing by Culdesac, which aims to reshape the former Georgia Farmers Market property owned by the BeltLine.
Also in surrounding blocks, developers Vida Companies and Woodfield Development plan to build a village-like mix of commercial and residential structures on a 7-acre Oakland City site about a block west of the paved BeltLine.
In the gallery above, have a closer look at Trees Atlanta’s new digs.
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