The latest permits filed in connection with Fuqua Development's Grant Park project would bring a Chick-fil-A drive-thru to the property — and likely ruffle a few chicken feathers along the way. Demolition work began last month at "Glenwood Place," the Kroger-anchored, multi-use development near Interstate 20 at Glenwood Avenue and Bill Kennedy Way. In an interview with Curbed Atlanta at that time, Jeff Fuqua promised that "lots of restaurants" would be coming to the property; no mention, however, was made of a fast-food joint. But building permits were filed Friday for a Chick-fil-A — "new retaining walls, drive thru and greasetrap" included — at 800 Glenwood Ave. The online documents don't have many more specifics regarding location but, judging by site plans and renderings for the overall project, it appears the restaurant would front Glenwood Avenue. Fuqua Development officials did not return requests for comment this week.
Overall, Glenwood Place will include the 114,000 square-foot Kroger store, 25,000 square feet of other retail, 230 "luxury multi-family units" and a senior residential component, officials have said. The retail aspect is expected to be open by summer 2016, with the residential part following suit that fall.
Citing traffic concerns, Fuqua's affinity for big-box stores and the potential bastardization of the Beltline vision, many residents of the Grant and Ormewood park neighborhoods haven't been overly enthused about the project (which originally included a Walmart) from the get-go. Add to it a drive-thru chain restaurant fronting a main street directly across from a high school — and what could go wrong?
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep