Developer Landmark Properties has begun construction on Phase II of its The Mark Athens student housing mixed-use. The greenspace adjacent to the Firefly Trail has been fenced off in preparation for approximately 18 months of construction.
Slated for a fall 2022 delivery, Phase II of The Mark Athens will include 20,000 square feet of commercial retail space, nearly 160,000 square feet of residential space, and 446 bedrooms.
Phase II will also come complete with a clubroom and study rooms, while the 24-hour fitness center and pool built with the project’s first phase will be shared with existing tenants atop Building 100.
Once construction is complete, The Mark Athens across both phases will have a whopping 1,300+ bedrooms, nearly 400 units, and 55,000 square feet of commercial space.
Although retail tenants for Phase II have not yet been announced, a spokesperson for The Mark Athens told What Now Atlanta that pre-leasing for the commercial space has begun. The Mark Athens’ existing retail spaces are currently occupied by Orangetheory Fitness, Golden Pantry Market, Sugar Polish Nail Bar, I Heart Mac & Cheese, Frutta Bowls, and Knuckies Pizza and Hoagies.
The Mark Athens Phase II has recently come under increased scrutiny due to the demolition of homes in the historic Potterytown Neighborhood for the construction of a parkade that will provide parking for residents, guests, and retail customers. Landmark Properties said they will be making direct investments towards improving the landscape and hardscape along the Firefly Trail and its Broad Street Trailhead, an extremely popular urban greenway among Athens residents.
The Mark Athens Phase II’s opening will coincide with the planned opening of another student housing development, The William, which is also currently under construction on the westside of downtown Athens.