Come November, a new Inman Park venture called "Krog Street Market" should be fully operational in Tyler Perry's former soundstages at the corner of Lake Avenue and Krog Street, Atlanta INtown reports. The market is one facet of a $70 million project that abuts the Atlanta Beltline; two unnamed restaurants have reportedly signed letters of intent, with more interested. Project leader Paces Properties' Vice President George Banks told the newspaper: "There will be no national brands or chains ... We're actively seeking local restaurateurs and local farmers to make this space truly a neighborhood market." While the project is welcome news to replace the vacant soundstage space, we couldn't help but wonder if the market for, well, markets will be crowded when gargantuan Ponce City Market launches next year. Paces leaders are confident it won't be.
In October, Paces closed on several adjacent parcels that, along with Perry's former 66,000 square-foot studio, included Stove Works, the sleek dining and office complex that houses Rathbun's Restaurant, and several smaller adjacent parcels. Creative Loafing reported the price tag was $13.4 million for the combined nine acres.
In addition to the market, plans call for some residential near the market and facing Edgewood Avenue. Banks told INtown Atlanta no changes are planned for Stove Works or its tenants; even the post-industrial, iconic bridge over Krog will be renovated (see above) and put to use for pedestrians crossing between the buildings, the paper reports. As for the local-food-driven Ponce City Market, Banks is confident the two projects can not only coexist but compliment each other, in the manner of two Seattle landmarks: "We're the Melrose Market to their Pike Place Market," he told the newspaper.
For the sake of both projects, let's hope so. What say you? Are two food halls too much for one corridor on Atlanta's eastside?
· Food-driven Krog Street Market on the way [Atlanta INtown Paper]
· Tyler Perry's old studio in Inman Park to become mixed-use 'epicurean center' [Creative Loafing]