For those holding out hope that Fuqua Development's plans for a former concrete plant next to Glenwood Park will not include a Walmart — well, welcome to Monday. While the Buckhead-based developer has kept its anchor tenant veiled and even told Creative Loafing that assuming Walmart would occupy space in the proposed retail center is "incorrect," many had accepted the idea the big-box behemoth would be 800 Glenwood Avenue's chief attraction. Only through a third party does official word come about Walmart's plans, however.
A South East Atlanta Business Association leader said in a release that Walmart had approached the group, proposing a "fair and honest exchange" about the hot-button project that neighborhood leaders and city planners have rejected twice, claiming its suburban layout did not conform with the Beltline's overlay vision. One SEABA leader wrote that Jeff Fuqua, company president, "had always declined to identify his client" while noting the group's opposition isn't necessarily directed at Walmart, but at the suburban-style project.
Fuqua was president of Sembler Company before branching out to form his own firm last year. He was the driving force behind several major mixed-use projects across Atlanta that appear similar to plans for the Glenwood district. Other Fuqua developments include: the Edgewood Retail District; Perimeter Place; The Prado redevelopment in Sandy Springs; Town Brookhaven; Park Place and Lindbergh Plaza. Would any of those developments meld with long-term plans for the Glenwood area?
· Biz group: Walmart confirmed as anchor tenant for proposed Glenwood Park development [Creative Loafing]
· Further Glenwood Park coverage [Curbed Atlanta]
· Fuqua Development - Who We Are [Fuqua]