A developer's plans call for retaining at least some of the old structures at the 10-acre former Atlanta Dairies complex on Memorial Drive, where a concept similar to Krog Street Market could take shape. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Paces Properties — known for their work on Krog Street and the Vinings Jubilee, along with a downtown office tower being flipped into apartments — filed plans in late August to change the zoning conditions of the Reynoldstown site. So it sounds like they're serious. The former dairies plant, which has been moldering for a decade, could be refashioned into offices, multifamily residences and retail space. A small outdoor amphitheater could be an added attraction, the newspaper reports. Thus far, Paces has been mum on the deal; company officials didn't return our inquiries last month.
Filings indicate that Paces plans to spare half of the six existing buildings on site, and they could complete the project in phases. At a recent meeting, company officials vowed to restore historical elements of the structures, such as an elevated catwalk. The Atlanta architecture firm behind the Beltline's design, Perkins+Will, is helping design the Memorial Drive project, the newspaper reports. Parmalat, an Italian milk company, bought the facility in the early 1990s but shuttered it in 2004. The majority of the site has been a ghost town since.
In 2008, Atlanta-based developers Brand Properties planned to demolish the Atlanta Dairies buildings in favor of a mixed-use complex anchored by a large grocery store, like a more compact version of the Edgewood Retail District. That project would have added 350 housing units, too, but when the economy started tanking the plans, like so many others, crumbled.
· Former Atlanta Dairies plant eyed for redevelopment [ABC; subscriber]
· Is Krog St. Developer Eyeing Memorial for Next Big Build? [Curbed]