Three years after English Avenue’s largest private investment in decades broke ground, construction is all but complete on major components of the $265-million first phase.
Dallas-based developer Lincoln Property Company most recently delivered the initial office component at Echo Street West, a 19-acre, village-like project that’s taken shape along the BeltLine’s connecting trail between downtown and Westside Park.
Constructed with cross-laminated timber, the four-story, 300,000-square-foot office building is called 765 Echo. Lincoln officials have described it as Atlanta’s first spec exterior core office building, erected with timber that reduces carbon emissions and lends a more unique feel versus traditional construction materials.
As pictured with recent drone photography as part of our aerial tours series, other features of the building include 15 to 20-foot windows, 360-degree views from core-free floors, and 29,000 square feet of tenant balconies large enough for social gatherings, fitness classes, and conferencing, per the developer. It’s surrounded by a variety greenspaces, hangout areas, and nature trails.
Beside the main office structure, a retail outbuilding and two-story, 21,273-square-foot creative office building called 745 Echo have also been built.
We’ve asked Lincoln reps for an update on office and retail leasing at Echo Street West and will post any additional information that comes. In the meantime, peep a virtual interior tour of 765 Echo here.
In April, project officials said Guardian Studios—a former factory warehouse turned artist community on site—has fully leased its 31 studios to a variety of local artists, with mediums ranging from photography to custom upholstery and mural-painting.
The BeltLine retail frontage is expected to span 25,000 square feet, adding to 50,000 total square feet in Echo Street’s phase one. That includes adaptive-reuse Westside Motor Lounge, a food-and-beverage hub that’s been open since last fall along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
Above the BeltLine retail is the 292-unit Vibe apartments, with 59 homes reserved as affordable housing, per developers.
Future phases—all TBD—call for a hotel component, plus more retail, residential, and offices, according to Lincoln.
In related news, a job fair is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Westside Motor Lounge (725 Echo St. NW) where Lincoln reps say commercial real estate companies will be looking to hire residents of Westside communities.
Participating companies will include Lincoln, DPR Construction, ServPro, Merit Construction Company, LAZ Parking, Allied Universal, Roof Partners, and others.
The event is being put on by the Echo Street West Partnership, which Lincoln formed several years ago to “build a relational bridge to the English Avenue and nearby West Atlanta neighborhoods by making investments of time, talents and other resources,” per company officials.
Positions available at Saturday’s job fair include: construction laborer, electrician, plumber, equipment operator, roofer, welder, drywall installer, site foreman, property maintenance, landscape care, HVAC operator, and other jobs. Organizers note that attendees should dress professionally and bring multiple resume copies, but no experience is required to apply.
In the meantime, find more glimpses of Echo Street West’s current and expected future state in the gallery above.
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