A sprawling, BeltLine-adjacent warehouse redevelopment in West End continues to add a more diversified slate of tenants to a lineup so thick with breweries it’d come to be known as “Malt Disney World.”

The latest Lee + White leases to businesses and service providers total about 8,000 square feet, each adding to a non-food-and-beverage roster that’s geared toward providing “direct benefits to the community” overall, said Evan Ziegler, senior vice president with property co-owner Ackerman & Co.

Two of the additions will take space at a new Lee + White office section called Building 929. It’s a large brick structure at the district’s southern end, closest to the MARTA line next door.

Overview of the Lee + White property's 929 Building, from above the nearby MARTA line and Lee Street. Courtesy of Ackerman & Co./MDH Partners; designs, Smith Dalia Architects

Other buildings under redevelopment for a food hall and more loft offices are on the flipside of the property, and all border the BeltLine’s Westside Trail.

New tenants include:

A Chiropractic Hub, which provides coworking space for chiropractors, has leased 2,192 square feet at Building 929. The concept is “designed to be an affordable option for chiropractors to grow their practice,” per Ackerman & Co.

Also in that building, nonprofit community revitalization organization The Reinvestment Fund will relocate its offices to a 3,546-square-foot space. The group offers analytical and financial tools to boost access to housing, jobs, schools, nutritious food, and healthcare.

Lastly, Michigan-based Utility Energy Services plans to open a new metro Atlanta office in a 2,350-square-foot space at Building 1038. UES recently signed a contract with Georgia Power to support the utility’s efficiency and load control programs, and by June it plans to have a staff of 35 employees working out of the office and in the field.

The Building 929 office expansion as seen from over the Westside Trail in February 2023. Monday Night Garage brewery is pictured at left. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Elsewhere, the Lee + White district’s food hall and Great Lawn—a lighted public greenspace between repurposed main buildings—is on tap to open sometime in the second quarter of this year. Officials said this week it’s tough to pin down a more specific ETA.

“We hope to have a more definite date soon, as food hall tenants receive their City of Atlanta permits and continue to make progress on their individual buildouts,” Leo Wiener, Ackerman Retail president, wrote via email.  

That phase was initially expected to open in spring 2022, replacing what had been envisioned as a standalone food hall. The foodie emporium will link to the new greenspace, beside the district’s parking lots.

Ackerman & Co. and MDH Partners, developers behind the 11-building project, have said the food hall component will include 19 vendors, a central bar, and no shortage of Westside Trail frontage.

View of the adaptive-reuse food hall plans from above the BeltLine's Westside Trail. Courtesy of MDH Partners, Ackerman & Co.; designs, Smith Dalia Architects

Lee + White officials announced four new concepts in October for the food hall portion. Those include Costa Coffee, a concept based in the U.K., plus Mexican eateries Cielito Lindo taqueria and Crème de la Crepe, and California-based Sweet Red Peach bakery.

Previously signed food hall tenants include Gekko Hibachi & Sushi, Honeysuckle Gelato, Lake & Oak BBQ, Mochinut, The Original Hot Dog Factory, and Pastaholics.   

Another addition came last year when Lee + White installed brightly painted shipping containers in the main parking lot in an effort to provide more affordable spaces for startups and small businesses seeking physical places to sell their wares.

Ackerman teamed with MDH Partners in 2019 to buy Lee + White for $40.3 million. The existing roster includes three breweries (the recently expanded Monday Night Garage, Best End, and Wild Heaven), a distillery (ASW), plus Boxcar restaurant, Hop City beer store, Honeysuckle Gelato, Doux South Pickles, and the Westside’s first rock-climbing gym, The Overlook.

Tenants not in the food-and-beverage industry include nanotechnology company Carbice, which moved into a 23,367-square-foot headquarters in Building 1050 last year. Renewable energy producer JTEC expects to create an 18,755-square-foot lab and collaborative office space in that same building.

Other recent leases include service providers. Team Rehab (3,416 square feet in Building 1000) offers an array of physical therapy and specialty treatments, while Westside Dental (2,356 square feet in Building 929) is a practice run by Dr. Nathanael Cole.

The Lee + White property spans 442,562 square feet overall.


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