Rezoning Request Would Open Up Site for Development of Artisan Yards

The land would be the site of Atlanta’s new hub for shops and entertainment
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An application for the rezoning of land on 359 Whitehall Street Southwest was sent to the Office of Zoning and Development from McCall Railroad, LLC requesting permission to allow the property to be developed in the future.

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The parcel of land is the future site of Artisan Yards, a project being taken on by SS Realty Partners, LLC to create a new hub for the creative community in Atlanta. This new hot-spot will include 10 million square feet of retail and entertaining development as well as offices, hotels and living spaces. The buildings could reach a height of over 50 stories high.

According to a video put out by the developer, “Artisan yards offers access to everywhere, within walking distance of most of downtown’s major attractions. The MARTA rapid rail system is less than 200 yards from the site and interstate access is within easy reach.” 

The site is currently home to Gourmet Foods International’s corporate headquarters and regional distribution facilities. They are planning to move their operations elsewhere. 

The application seeks to change the plot from an I-1 zoning classification to SPI-1 and SA-1 classification. This would essentially open the land up for the development of Artisan Yards. 

The Neighborhood Planning Unit has set the public hearing date for November 5, 2020. The rezoning request will be presented before the Zoning Review Board on Thursday either on December 3 or 10 at City Hall.

Justine Lookenott

Justine Lookenott graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and emerging media and a minor in international affairs. She is also a graduate of the Georgia News Lab, where her group work was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on WSB-TV. After graduating, she worked as a government and education reporter for the Cherokee Tribune. Since then, she has written for the Marietta Daily Journal and Newcomer Magazine. Her interest in international affairs led her to teach English in Cambodia, travel to nine countries in Europe, and volunteer in a refugee camp in Greece.

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  1. Fingers crossed. It’ll be fantastic for that part of town if this plan comes to fruition.

  2. Similar story was mentioned in Curbed Atlanta last year. Hopefully it will come to fruition.

  3. I believe GFI already moved to Decatur, haven’t seen their trucks in sometime, though they likely still own the property itself. Really would be great to see Whitehall developed from there all the way down through McDaniel to Metropolitan, has been a discussion point for over 2 decades.

  4. It says this is “a new hub for the creative community in Atlanta” but what does retail, entertainment etc. have to do with the creative community? This doesn’t mention art, music or anything else that has to do with creativity.

    1. Good point. There’s supposed to be a Black Musician Walk of Fame installed nearby on MLK, and Northside. Maybe they can try to capitalize on that.

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