Novare Group Moves Forward On 286-Unit Garden-Style Apartment Project In Atlanta’s Westside

Named Populus At Westside, the eight-building garden-style apartment project is expected to feature studios through three-bedrooms
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Atlanta-based mixed-use developer Novare Group is moving forward with plans for a 286-unit garden-style apartment project in the city’s Monroe Heights neighborhood, according to special administrative permit application documents filed late last month.

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Named Populus At Westside in planning documents, the project would rise on an undeveloped, wooded 25-acre site at 1315 Northwest Dr. in the form of eight two- to four-story residential buildings, containing 12 studios, 116 one-bedrooms, 128 two-bedrooms, and 30 three-bedrooms, plans show.

“Due to the proximity to Proctor Creek and its tributary buffer, there will be a large expanse of trees saved, creating a park-like setting along the north and east property,” a narrative for the project in an SAP filing reads. The design for the development by project architect Dynamik Design is described as “mountain-modern” and will be used to attract working singles, young couples, empty nesters, and senior citizens in Atlanta looking to live near Westside Park, Novare Group told What Now Atlanta.

“The Proctor Creek Trail will run along the western side of the property and will be the ultimate amenity, providing bike and foot access to Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry and the Atlanta BeltLine,” Novare Group President and CEO Jim Borders said in a statement. “We see this as an opportunity to develop a surface parked high quality community with future trail access and an easy commute to anything on the western side of Atlanta.” 

Novare Group’s plans for the Monroe Heights neighborhood were first reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in November.

The developer secured a rezoning of the project site to MR-2-C, or multifamily residential conditional, in September, according to a rezoning ordinance at the time. The ordinance lists that most of the 286 units would range from expected monthly rents of between $1,250 for one-bedrooms and $1,700 for three-bedrooms. The project’s dozen or so studios are expected to cost $1,120 per month.

Along with apartments, Populus At Westside would feature amenities like a pool amenity area, clubhouse, and pet park, along with five garage buildings and a leasing office. Plans call for 437 automobile parking spaces and 50 bicycle spaces spaces, with vehicular access to the community offered via two gated entrances from Northwest Drive.

Frontage along Northwest Drive would feature a tree-lined streetscape and 6-foot-wide sidewalk, plans show.

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Rendering: Official

[Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of Novare Group’s planned project at 1315 Northwest Dr. The name of the project is Populus At Westside.]

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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