Adaptive Reuse Project Aims to Transform Prior Industrial Buildings

Constructed in 1948, the proposed mixed-use buildings will feature exterior dramatic improvements.
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Last month, Local Architects submitted plans to the City of Atlanta for the adaptive reuse of a 44,330 square complex consisting of two buildings. Initially constructed in 1948, the buildings are located at 920 Murphy Avenue SW and are currently zoned SPI-21 SA9.  Together with the property owner Relax Realty, LLP, the applicant is seeking the approval of a special administrative permit to transform the one-story brick and metal buildings into one cohesive development.

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As with all development special administrative permit applications within the Beltline Overlay and SPI zoning districts, the Design Review Committee will review this 1.53-acre development at a future meeting and provide a formal recommendation to the Director of Zoning and Development before the issuance of a building permit.

The exterior development improvements consist of patching and repairing the existing drive surfaces. striping the parking spaces, the addition of a ramp and stairs in compliance with ADA regulations.

Building #1 will contain 625 square feet of light manufacturing, 14,754 square feet of office studios, and 3,225 square feet of bakery/catering space. Improvements proposed for this building include modifying the entry on the non-street facing elevation and new paint on the existing masonry walls.

Building #2 will contain 1,538 square feet of retail, 4,183 square feet of office space, and a 3,000 square foot restaurant. The exterior changes include the partial demotion of the existing metal panel cladding, new aluminum and glass storefronts facing Allene Avenue, and a new covered walkway on the SE and NE sides of the building.

According to the application documents, the development is requesting the approval of shared off-street parking. No anticipated construction start date has been indicated at this time.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.

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