The developer behind Ponce City Market is taking its talents to the Chattahoochee River. This week, Atlanta-based Jamestown launched construction that will transform a two-lane Smyrna thoroughfare called Riverview Road into a tree-lined boulevard with bike lanes and wide sidewalks. The road project, scheduled to wrap in December next year, is a key first step in Jamestown's plans to develop Riverview Landing — a massive, waterfront project that's been in the works since at least 2011. "As one of the only access points to the river within easy reach of the city, we have long envisioned Riverview Landing as Atlanta's waterfront, an amenity that all should have an opportunity to explore and enjoy," Jamestown CEO Matt Bronfman said in a press release. "The reconstruction of Riverview Road is a pivotal milestone in turning this vision into reality."
The 88-acre site where Riverview Landing is planed to rise — once an abandoned industrial wasteland — has recently functioned as an REI Outdoor School outpost and rustic recreational venue. Once developed, "the highly amenitized neighborhood will foster quality living and active lifestyles, complete with one and half-miles of bike trails, river access for kayaking, canoeing and other water sports, an event pavilion overlooking the river and walkability as a consistent feature throughout," officials said.
It sounds like concrete numbers are still being worked out, but it's safe to say Riverview Landing will include a full mixed-use platter — apartments, townhomes, singe-family residences and retail. Jamestown points out that the location is 15 minutes from Midtown.