A variety of spaces are now officially leasing at the Atlanta Dairies redevelopment in Reynoldstown. Paces Properties, the group behind the Krog Street Market mixed-use phenom in Inman Park, tells Atlanta INtown they're set on making live music a key component of the project. Could that be music to the ears of struggling and even soon-to-disappear spaces like Smith's Olde Bar and the Masquerade? Paces leaders seem to think so, and they've even come this close to mentioning those venues by name — and courting them in public.
David Cochran, President and CEO of Paces Properties, said this in a press release, "Dairies is coming together at the right time and can possibly fill that void or become a new home to one of the displaced venues. Ultimately, we envision Dairies to be an authentic gathering place where guests can come for a meal, stick around for drinks and games or enjoy live music and events — again and again. A community hub."
The news comes at time of great uncertainty for the Masquerade and Smith's. The first has been on the proverbial chopping block for some time now, and back in September demolition permits were issued for the surrounding site which will, at some point, become a large-scale apartment building and office space. As of now, the Masquerade website says this will be the venue's last Halloween on North Avenue.
The folks at Smith's have said they're not under the gun anymore, but they went through some dramatic leasing issues through July and August.
In any case, it seems like the folks at Paces are pressing to find a music-driven tenant(s) who's already established in the city:
"After our success with Krog Street Market, we purchased the Atlanta Dairies property in December of 2014 and looked to spearhead another urban renewal project that focused more on live music and entertainment. Since that purchase, some of the city's most iconic music venues have either been sold or are experiencing turmoil," Cochran said.
Paces officials have said they plan to open Atlanta Dairies by the beginning of 2017. Could that day also mark the rebirth of some of Atlanta's most cherished stages?
· Paces Properties begins leasing Atlanta Dairies [Atlanta Intown]
· Smith's Owner Insists Bar is Here to Stay. For Now. [Curbed]
· Gasp! Demolition Permits Issued for Masquerade Site [Curbed]
· 'Atlanta Dairies' Project is Eyeing an Early 2017 Debut [Curbed]