Sources indicate that one of Atlanta's most prolific and controversial developers will lay claim to a prominent piece of Midtown's western fringes, next door to Atlantic Station and IKEA. Jeff Fuqua (sound the Darth Vader music!) plans to build high-density residences, standalone houses and commercial spaces at the corner of 17th Street and Northside Drive. A few years ago, Amtrak flirted with building a new station on the vacant 12.5-acre site, and ever since, it's been one of the most sizable pieces left for development between Midtown and Howell Mill Road. The property sits at the western entrance to Atlantic Station and should allow for superb skyline views.
Early promotional materials from Fuqua Development call the project, inventively, "Northside and 17th" and promise a fall 2016 opening. Here's how they're billing it: "The project is situated at center court in a dynamic burgeoning submarket of a high-density area. The mixed-use project will contain high-density multifamily units and high-density detached single-family for-sale homes and dynamic retail and restaurants." No renderings accompany those materials yet.
Fuqua was the focus of neighborhood furor for his Glenwood Place plans near the Beltline, which called for suburban-style shopping centered, possibly, around a Walmart. When Kroger emerged as the official anchor tenant, the tempest calmed. Fuqua's company has projects in various stages of development all over town, including the mixed-use component for the Atlanta Braves' Cobb County baseball utopia. Other Fuqua mixed-use projects are slogging through the pipelines of Decatur, Lindbergh, Grant Park (next door to Glenwood Park) and various suburbs. A development in Morningside Heights is under construction.
UPDATE: A RENDERING! (Below)