One group hoping to acquire Kirkwood's Pullman Yard complex, which ranks among eastside Atlanta's largest dormant tracts of land, hopes meetings scheduled for August will finally set the property's sale in motion. The nonprofit Atlanta ContactPoint dreams of turning the abandoned, 25-acre industrial property into active play fields and indoor activity space; a development group has compiled a starkly different vision of mixed uses and townhomes that gained neighborhood support last year.
ACP founder David Epstein tells Curbed that August meetings are scheduled with two legislators who have constituencies in the area — Senator Elena Parent and State Rep. Stacey Abrams — and with the executive director of the state agency that owns Pullman Yard, the Georgia Building Authority. The meetings are planned ahead of a "Pullman Yard Showcase" event ACP has scheduled at the site Sept. 26.
Epstein says his group has the financial backing to buy the property — a popular location in recent years for Hollywood movie productions including "The Hunger Games" — if the state should agree to sell it. (The two parties have met twice before in recent years, with no deal reached). "We must get a contract on the property before we can secure any other funding or partnerships," Epstein says. "We must get the GBA to give us a chance to clean, preserve and transform the property."
· Recent Pullman Yard coverage, discussion [Curbed Atlanta]