Trees Atlanta Takes Next Step on Their Oakland City Headquarters Development

The new headquarters replaces their current space in the Reynoldstown neighborhood.
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Earlier this month, building permits were filed for nonprofit Trees Atlanta’s new headquarters in Oakland City, according to City of Atlanta records. In June, as reported by What Now Atlanta, a permit to demolish a one-story, 23,000 square foot warehouse building at 825 Warner Street Southwest was granted to make way for the new two-story Trees Atlanta building.

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In plans drawn by Lord Aeck Sargent Architects and Landscape Architects, the new 22,073 square foot building will be two stories in height. Inside the building, a generous lobby space, with two meeting spaces listed as a board room and the other as a volunteer lobby room are near the entrance. In addition, two classrooms offer over 120 seats on the main floor. The second level provides enclosed executive offices, while the large majority of the office spaces have an open concept design. Included in the plans are areas available for tenant office spaces and meeting rooms.

The property Is zoned I-1-C/BeltLine Overlay (BL) and received a conditional Special Administrative Permit in March, which required streetlight installation approval by the Atlanta Department of Transportation and the clear sidewalk zone along Biglin Street be at least six feet.

According to Trees Atlanta’s website, the nonprofit was founded in 1985 to mitigate tree loss, protect forests, and increase the tree canopy in the Atlanta area. A program launched early 2020 by Trees Atlanta included the goal of planting and preserving one million trees in Atlanta by 2030 and partnering with ten Atlanta metro communities and other conservation nonprofits. As a result, nearly 70,000 trees have been planted or conserved in one year.

Trees Atlanta also advocates for preserving local ordinances, which define the process for removing and protecting trees on public and private properties. Further, their website provides information on when the public can and should appeal the removal of healthy trees, report illegal tree destruction, and instructions on how to contact elected officials if a project is proposing the destruction of trees during the development review process.

Once constructed, Trees Atlanta will vacate their existing space in the Atlanta Kendeda Center in the Reynoldstown neighborhood.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.
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