In what could be a big win for Grant Park, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission has approved the redevelopment of the former Habitat for Humanity site on Memorial Drive. A proposal submitted to the city by Paces Properties — the folks behind Krog Street Market, Stove Works and the Atlanta Dairies proposal just down the street — indicates that part of the large warehouse on the site would be converted into commercial space, while another section would be demolished to provide parking for whatever comes along. The approval marks another step forward in the plan to overhaul Memorial Drive from downtown, to Oakland Cemetery and many points east.
In the proposal presented to the city, Paces hints that the Woodward and Loomis Avenue sides of the site may be transformed into retail spaces, with the addition of new windows and doors. An existing loading dock will be converted into parking. The city's description says the proposal includes the entire block, but doesn't offer a hint as to what's in store for a few old homes along Park Avenue. It does specify that a church building at the southeast corner of the block is not part of the development.
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