A proposal that would bring 165 townhomes — and a little bit of everything else — to Kirkwood's historic Pratt-Pullman Yard is a wee bit closer to reality. A neighborhood planning unit voted earlier this week to support the plans submitted by Pullman Historic Development LLC, which leader Stan Sugarman tells Curbed Atlanta would populate the long-vacant railyard with 100,000 square feet of office space, a restaurant and a coffee shop.
Judging by the rendering, the current buildings on the property would be preserved, and the townhomes would be built in two different squares surrounding ample greenspaces. The site is currently owned by the Georgia Building Authority, and the NPU's literal vote of confidence is a very preliminary step.
On that note, it's worth issuing the reminder that another group also has its eyes on the 25-acre lot, which is currently being used to film scenes in the "Hunger Games" movie series. Atlanta ContactPoint — slogan: "Empowering You to Play" — has asked to buy the Pullman site and turn it into a mecca for indoor and outdoor activities. The nonprofit wants to connect with partners and bring "multipurpose play fields for use by all children and adults 18 hours per day, 365 days per year." Under those plans, the existing buildings would also be refurbished and refitted with energy-efficient technology. The sports complex would strive to "incorporate MARTA, Atlanta Beltline, PATH, and shuttle systems as alternative means of transportation."
Whatever plan moves forward, it sounds like a complex road could lay ahead before the first shovel turns. If the state would ever get its grubby mitts off the property, that is.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep