Renderings have emerged for a multi-use development proposed for a primo piece of land owned by Poncey-Highland's historic Druid Hills Baptist Church. Amen! Last month, Curbed Atlanta broke news that a chunk of the church's site near the high-traffic intersection of North Highland and Ponce de Leon avenues may be destined for multi-family residential, retail and office space. Now we've got the proof — and it looks pretty damn good. Architecture/planning firm Kronberg Wall posted three lovely renderings on its Facebook page Thursday night. The development — which would technically border North Highland, Blue Ridge and Seminole avenues — is a study in clean modern lines and old-school masonry that seems to jibe with the church's main sanctuary.
The project would not threaten the main building of the 100-year-old church, but would ultimately result in the destruction and replacement of adjoining buildings that are home to a Montessori school and office space. Early documents suggested the site would include 115 "dwelling units," as well as office space, street-level retail and additional parking.
The immediate area isn't exactly flush with new residential development, and the location should prove enticing for tenants. The Urban Outfitters/Plaza Theater strip is across the street, and the new Flip Burger location, several other happening spots and venerable Manuel's Tavern are within an easy stumble.
Calling the current site an eyesore would be a little much, but the proposed changes — with an ambitious projected completion date of January 2016 — could be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep