Development on the site of an old school building in East Atlanta is finally progressing after more than two years of delays. Bisnow reports that Trammel Crow Residential has filed permits to construct apartment buildings on the site of the former John B. Gordon Elementary School. Paces Properties had intended to convert the historic building, which has been shuttered since 1995, into high-end apartments back in 2013. Unfortunately, the 1909 structure had deteriorated into a post-apocalyptic appearance, and officials said the only viable option was to replace it, rather than convert. Then, after switching gears and proposing a new building, developers' vision for the property ground to a halt after negotiations about an abandoned fire station next door fell through.
Trammel Crow, the group responsible for no less than five "Alexan" branded properties in Atlanta, plans 120 units spread among three buildings. Not surprisingly, the project is billed as Alexan Village Flats. In a victory for population density in a neighborhood near Flat Shoals Avenue, the project will have 23 more units than the Paces Properties proposal from two years ago. With permits in hand and nothing more than the remnants of a derelict building in the way, this project could rise pretty fast.