Davis Recycling Buildings to Be Replaced with Live-Work-Play Project

The Recycled Lofts Development requires the demolition of the existing industrial buildings and a down-zoning of the property to Mixed Use.
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Developers are making moves to create The Recycled Lofts Development according to plans submitted last month. The project, located at 667 and 681 Whitehall Street SW, will consist of forty-two residential units, a penthouse, structured parking deck, creative work lounge, Cigar Club, courtyards, and other associated amenities on the combined .43-acre parcel. Owned by Phillip and Thomas Real Estate Holdings LLC, rezoning the 681 Whitehall Street property, currently I-2 (Heavy Industrial) would create a consistent zoning designation with the 667 Whitehall Street parcel rezoned to MRC-3 in 2018.

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The Atlanta Zoning Review Board will review the request to downzone the property during their November 4th or 18th meeting. The application is currently under review by Neighborhood Planning Unit -V.

The Comprehensive Development Plan already designates the properties for mixed-use. Therefore, demolishing the existing buildings and redeveloping the industrial property would align with the future land use plan adopted in 2016. According to the CDP, the adjacent properties are currently zoned industrial but are also poised to redevelop into a mix of uses.

The development is proposing to collect stormwater and provide treatment of the impervious flows from an underground detention system which will then connect to the City’s stormwater lines. According to the plans and other submitted documents, there are no significant trees currently on the site. However, plans will adhere to the tree requirements for MRC-3 zoning districts, including landscaping along Whitehall Street.

According to the application, despite the railroad line abutting the property and other manufacturing facilities in the area, the project is attempting to be a gateway from industrial to an urban mixed-use development and “will attract young professionals and empty-nesters alike looking for the higher standard of conveniences that the mixed-use development would provide.” The Recycled Lofts Development will offer “for-sale” units sold at $425,000 each (estimated).

If the rezoning is approved, the project is anticipated to be complete by December 2023.

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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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