Grant Park could be gearing up for another mega mixed-use development next to Fuqua's controversial, chain-laden Glenwood Place. A former school building dating back to 1930 and currently housing the Atlanta Arts Exchange is being put on the market, according to ArtsATL. But it's not just the school building itself that is prompting speculation of a major pending development; its location next to the Old Atlanta Stockade —which also happens to be on the market — means a big block of Beltline-adjacent land is suddenly available for a developer.
While the for-sale status of the Atlanta Stockade next door was met with optimism that the historic building will be saved, all indications are that the old school building won't be so lucky. The now derelict building was constructed as the "New Grant Park School," according to architecture blog Rag and Bone, to replace a school that had stood on the site since 1903. Not only does the sale likely mark the end of the 85-year-old former school building, but it also means that local performers and artists will lose space to rehearse, perform and work — at least temporarily — as the Arts Exchange has yet to find a new home, according to ArtsATL.
With the speed of new development in the area, it likely won't be long before we know what the site will be next ... unless developers fear there's just too much activity going on in that corridor — and along Memorial Drive on the flipside of Interstate 20 — to compete with right now.
· News: Multidisciplinary Arts Exchange to sell Grant Park property and relocate [ArtsATL]
· Grant Park School: Gone but (not?) Forgotten [Rag and Bone]
· Old Stockade in Grant Park an Adaptive-Reuse Dream? [Curbed Atlanta]