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First Look: Condos, Retail, Offices Bound for Poncey-Highland

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A lively section of Poncey-Highland could be shedding a surface parking lot soon. Developers tell Curbed Atlanta they plan to break ground in January on a project called "675 N. Highland" next to historic Druid Hills Baptist Church. It could be the first post-Recession condominium development in Atlanta to offer more than a couple of dozen units — in addition to 12,500 square feet of street retail and 7,500 square feet of offices. While the project is in nascent stages, it promises to be "a beautiful new product that this area has not seen for quite some time," said David Tufts, president of The Marketing Directors, which is partnering with Joe Laster of Abraham Properties on the project. Plans call for up to 124 condos.

For what it's worth, officials also said the development would offer 385 parking spaces, though exactly how many of them would be open to the public isn't clear. Even with the small parking lot at North Highland and Blue Ridge avenues, parking has traditionally been a challenge at peak times. Also unclear: Exactly what will happen with adjacent buildings. Earlier plans did not threaten to change the 100-year-old church but did call for the destruction of adjoining buildings that house a Montessori school and office space. We've asked for further information and will post updates.

The immediate area is rather starved for new residential development, and the location could prove enticing for tenants. The Urban Outfitters/Plaza Theater strip and new Flip Burger sit across the street, with Manuel's Tavern and many other attractions a stone's throw away.

· Behold, New Look for Poncey-Highland Church Site [Curbed]