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A new adaptive reuse project is envisioned for Peoplestown, situated at the final stop of a planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line running from downtown Atlanta to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Stafford Properties is planning to convert two industrial buildings into a development called Terminal South, poised to become the “social and commercial hub” for Peoplestown, according to a spokesperson for the commercial real estate firm.
The buildings are located at 1155 Hank Aaron Drive SE (The Bakery Building) and 1140 Ridge Ave. SW (Terminal South Building), according to an application submitted in Atlanta.
The project will include more than 45,000 square feet of mixed-use space, including a food hall called Switchman Hall.
“With twelve build-to-suit stalls ranging in size from 340 to 520 square feet, Switchman Hall will offer a curated mix of dining options spilling out into the former loading dock area which will be transformed into terraced outdoor seating,” says a marketing document shared with What Now Atlanta.
The remaining space at the project will offer retail and office uses. There will also be two traditional restaurant spaces with outdoor patios.
Stafford Properties is developing the project and will also manage the property, including the food hall operations.
The project is led by the only female developer on Stafford’s team, Melissa Ahrendt, executive director of real estate.
“Melissa lives less than two miles from the site and has a vested interest in adding tangible value to the lives of Peoplestown residents,” said a company spokesperson.
Tenants of Terminal South will be required to contribute annually to a need-based scholarship fund that will benefit students who reside in Peoplestown, with the landlord matching all the funds, the spokesperson added.
The project is slated to open in the summer of 2024.