New Details for Blandtown, Beltline Adjacent Co-Living Project Emerge

The nine story, 200-unit co-living space in Blandtown was reviewed by NPU-D on Tuesday.
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New details have emerged showing how the nine story, 200-unit co-living building coming to Blandtown will interface with the future Beltline segment between Marietta Boulevard and Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard. The project, listed as RYM Beltline in the rezoning application, was reviewed by Neighborhood Planning Unit – D on Tuesday, July 27th. The NPU-D agenda included a site plan for the development demonstrating the building footprint and notably, where the future Beltline Northwest Trail Segment 5 would be constructed on the site.

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The rezoning application seeks to change the zoning from the existing I-2 to a proposed MRC-3 zoning, allowing for up to 9-stories of mixed-use development. The NPU also reviewed an ordinance that would need to be passed by City Council for the project to move forward. Ordinance CDP-21-022 would amend the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) to redesigned a portion of the property from Transportation, Communications and Utilities to Mixed Use. Currently, the utilities easement bisects the lot in half, which has made previous attempts for redevelopment difficult.

As reported by What Now Atlanta in April, the project would create “200 co-living units will cater to Grad Students at area Universities, recent grads in technology industries and workforce tenants who are interested in curated room-mate accommodations” according to the rezoning application. The project would feature a public café/lobby at street level and be supported by 3 levels of structured parking.

The rezoning application calls for 200 total units, ranging from 500 SF one-bedrooms to 1,100 SF two-bedrooms, with market rate rents ranging between $1,225 and $2,658. The development would also include 20 affordable units for families making below median family income in the area.

The project is located adjacent to industrial and commercial developments at the southeast corner of Marietta Boulevard and Elaine Avenue, the precise corner where the BeltLine Northwest Trail is slated to turn eastward toward the existing Northside Beltline Trail. The site plan depicts a large “community space” across the Northwest corner of the lot where the BeltLine will eventually be constructed.

The RYM Beltline developer is listed as Kingdom at Marietta LLC, and the designers as Atlanta-based Archetype Design LLC. The plans indicate the development hopes to be completed by Summer of 2022.

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Daniel Alvarado

Daniel Alvarado

Daniel Alvarado is an AICP Certified Urban Planner, transportation advocate, researcher and writer originally from San Antonio, Texas. He received his Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, where his research focused on the intersection of green infrastructure and transportation. Daniel has been published by Decipher City, Progrss.org, and has contributed to dozens of comprehensive and transportation plans across the country.
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Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
1 month ago

If 20 units are affordable, then developer is using 60% AMI which is unusual and exemplary.

JWH2
JWH2
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Johnson

Help me recall the requirements; Is 10% of units reserved for residents who earn <60% AMI. 60% seems like a good number but 20 units seems low and seem like there should be other level like 10% of units for 60-80% AMI, and so on. Also, from my experience most students are way below AMI; but it states units are also geared towards recent grads, and workforce tenant — I guess the workforce would be the 10% of affordable housing. ATL AMI is about $37K. 37K * 60% = $22K annual income but it does not say how their rent… Read more »

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