Southeastern Plans 321 Units On Kroger-Owned Loring Heights Site

The project site was previously envisioned to hold a Kroger store anchoring a large project by Fuqua Development
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Southeastern is involved in plans to develop a 321-unit mixed-use project in the Loring Heights neighborhood at the southeastern corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street, according to a permit application for the development filed this week.

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Plans call for five stories of residences over an approximately 30,000-square-foot ground-floor retail shell.

Acquired by The Kroger Co. for about $10.9 million in 2017, the roughly 6-acre project site was previously envisioned as an anchor to a large project by Fuqua Development along 17th Street. The site was rezoned in 2018 to pave the way for a new grocery store and apartments.

Now, new plans for the site show Augusta-based Southeastern as involved in the development. A special administrative permit application filed this month also lists SEK Northside LLC, which is an affiliate of Southeastern, as the landowner for the site, though no recent transactions for the property appear in county property records.

Neither Southeastern nor The Kroger Co. immediately responded to requests for comment.

With design being led by Studio Architects, project plans call for about 350,000 square feet of residential space and 30,000 square feet of retail, along with 681 parking spaces split between two parking decks. The site plan shows a private drive running down the middle of the development, parallel with 17th Street.

Designs also include about 132,000 square feet of usable open space, including approximately 100,000 square feet of landscaped areas, 9,200 square feet of rooftop terrace space, and 23,000 square feet of balconies. Residential amenities would include a dog park, pool space, and courtyards.

The planned unit mix is shown in filings as 14 studios, 191 one-bedrooms, and 116 two-bedrooms.

Fuqua Development didn’t respond to request for comment.

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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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