Westside's growing cachet as a retail and dining destination should get another boost if a developer's plans come to fruition at a Howell Mill Road site opposite the Westside Provisions District. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports a partnership called Westside Ironworks LLC plans to spend $6 million to acquire and redevelop the 1.6-acre site that hosts the aged but attractively industrial-looking Ironworks building and two others. The plans call for razing one building and flipping the others into 18,000 square feet of shops and restaurants — much of it with alluring views of the Midtown skyline.
The development team has the Ironworks property under contract and expects to close a deal in September; they previously submitted an application to rezone the property for mixed-use development, the newspaper reports. Developers say they intend to preserve the industrial character of the remaining buildings, with a goal of attracting a chef-driven restaurant and five to seven shops. Unfortunately, the redevelopment plans do not appear to include the unsightly junkyard or heavy equipment business on either side of the Ironworks complex.
In other retail news, the Westside Provisions District plans to add 14,000 square feet of space on the site of Italian restaurant Osteria del Figo. Meanwhile, that restaurant plans to stay in the neighborhood (albeit at the opposite end) by redeveloping a circa-1925 building at 907 Marietta St., practically next door to another vacant building where Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand is building a second location.
If Westside's retail and restaurant scene is sizzling, it's residential activity could be hotter. More than 400 apartments are set to open by early next year, with projects in various stages of development, from zoning talks to near-completion. These include the four-story "Walton Westside" project, near the Goat Farm Arts Center, which is slated to bring 250 apartments to the area by next spring. Practically around the corner, construction is much further along on a seven-story development called "Elan Westside" at the corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill, which projects an opening this fall. With that development, expect 197 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail — some of which is rumored to be leased by a second Fado Irish pub and restaurant.
· Developers eye Ironworks [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· On Burgeoning Westside, Circa-1925 Building To Be Reborn [Curbed Atlanta]
· Westside's Story: Apartment Influx Is Coming Soon [Curbed Atlanta]