[Renderings] Poncey-Highland Townhome Project Heads Toward Spring Groundbreaking

Developer PacificPoint Realty expects move-ins to begin no later than spring 2022
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Developer PacificPoint Realty will break ground in the next 30 to 60 days on the long-awaited Freedom Townhomes project in Poncey-Highland, the company tells What Now Atlanta.

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Planned to rise just north of the Freedom Park Trail at 1099 North Ave. NE, the project will consist of 15 four-bedroom townhomes spread across three buildings. Prices will range from the high $800,000s to over $1 million for the townhomes, according to Allen Snow of Sotheby’s, who is leading marketing for the project.

“This is really a trophy project in my mind,” PacificPoint Realty Managing Partner Karim Shariff said. “It’s in the middle of a fantastic neighborhood that’s going through a lot of changes and improvements.”

Plans for such a project have long been in the works. The development was initially proposed but later dropped by developer Live Oak Realty Partners, who sold the site to PacificPoint Realty.

Now, the new developer expects move-ins to start no later than next spring, about one year after its anticipated groundbreaking.

Plans call for units of sizes ranging from about 2,200 square feet to 2,700 square feet, not counting garage, rooftop, and yard space coming with each of the homes.

Snow said buyers of many types are likely to be interested, from young professionals to empty nesters. One example of the way it is catering to the latter is laying out 11 of the 15 units so they are elevator-optional.

The neighborhood itself is also an attraction because of its growth prospects, Shariff said. The Freedom Townhomes project site happens to sit about one block south of Atlanta’s historic Highland Inn, where the new owner is planning a mix of uses, for example.

The Freedom Townhomes will follow a number of other projects led by PacificPoint Realty in Atlanta, including the 16-unit Madison Village community in Reynoldstown, which Snow and Shariff say just sold out this week.

Other parties involved in the latest PacificPoint project include general contractor C3 Companies, Crescent View Engineering, and project architect Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects.

“It’s a project that’s long overdue and a long time coming, and we’re excited about getting it moving,” Shariff said.

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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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  1. These look sharp! I actually think the price point is accurate based on the size and quality and the location is great too – right on Freedom Trail (so basically the Beltline), close to shops/restaurants, Freedom Park Farmer’s Market, and walkable to Publix too. I think the townhomes built on North Highland by Manual’s Tavern sold pretty quickly at just a bit less than this.

    Does anyone know if a portion of this development will front North Highland Ave. by Java Vino?

    1. How could these front anything on North Highland when they’re built on North Ave?

      1. Between JavaVino and the gas station there is a surface lot, now parking for Manual’s Tavern. I thought the first plans for this site included frontage here (sort of forming a T if that makes sense). I’m guessing the surface lot is not part of this development but I recall years ago when the first developer had plans here it was going to include frontage on this section.

        1. Look at the map above.
          This is nowhere near where you’re talking about.

        2. The Maloof’s own that parking lot and I assume they will eventually sell it like they did the lot that became 550 North Highland townhomes. This development is directly behind Buddy’s gas station. It’s not on North Highland.

          1. Yep, I understand…and didn’t expect it to include this but remember when the first developer was going to build something that set on the property like this. It was the reason why they tore down the old house that was a local art store that sat on a portion of that parking lot back in the day. The two lots abut each other, again, forming a T with the top of the T coming off North Ave running toward Freedom Park and the base of the T hitting North Highland.

            1. I was thinking this was in the other direction on North.
              I knew one of us was crazy– apparently (no surprise) it was me.
              My apologies…

            2. I live in Poncey-Hi and was involved with this project when it came through the neighborhood land use process. The North Highland frontage was sold off separately from the 1099 North Ave townhouse development. Manual’s Tavern now requires the surface parking lots to meet city parking spaces numbers so that surface parking is here to stay indefinitely and unfortunately for that stretch of urban street frontage. We don’t like it but there’s shit we can do about it. The townhouse renderings look nice, though.

              1. Selig now owns the property where Manuel’s is and the lot across the street. One of the benefits of the newly adopted Poncey-Highland Historic District is that it completely eliminates minimum parking requirements. The plan is that that parking lot will eventually be developed with pedestrian-oriented restaurant/retail/service on the ground level and residential/hotel/office above, as required by the historic district zoning. The development at 1099 North went through the hood and permitted years ago, so is being developed based on pre-HD zoning.

                1. Lisa, yes that’s true, and I was trying to shorthand the situation in my remarks, but until it is viable for a restaurant like Manual’s to stay in business without that parking there isn’t really a chance that surface parking lot can get redeveloped. Loss of that parking for the duration of construction would give Brian Maloof a heart attack. So I don’t see that parking lot going anywhere. But yay there is something that might help it go away in the future!

  2. This one breaks my heart… they tore down a beautiful urban forest and now that whole block will be these lame cheap boxes full of old “empty nesters”.

    1. I wouldn’t call these townhomes ‘cheap’ and the ones at 550 North Highland replaced a parking lot.

      1. The beautiful urban forest in question has been an off-and-on (mostly on) homeless encampment for at least the 7 years I’ve lived a block away.

  3. So boring – reminds me of the super expensive townhouses that went up in Berlin behind the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in the 2010s. There’s also no shade or green space…who will want to sit the blaring August Atlanta sunlight in those fake private parks? Also wondering about these buildings’ energy efficiency ratings. I wish Atlanta would think bigger and develop a style rather than copy other cities.

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