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Castleberry Teams with Booze Makers to Build Gathering Space

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Like the old adage says: "If you want to accomplish anything in Atlanta, you must partner with makers of coconut vodka." Okay, so maybe nobody's ever said that, per se, but Castleberry Hill leaders are going that route to add a lively gathering space to the downtown neighborhood. Officials with New Amsterdam Spirits, of all people, tell Curbed a groundbreaking for the new "Castleberry Spur" is scheduled next Friday at 154 Walker St., a key Castleberry thoroughfare. Following the mid-afternoon festivities, a bar crawl is scheduled to ensue. Naturally.

New Amsterdam, the California-based creator of high-rated vodka and gin, is "on a mission to bring communities together" and has selected the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association as the first-ever recipient of their New Amsterdam Fund grant, officials said. (Details on the grant's value weren't immediately available).

On a vacant lot once occupied by the Otis Elevator company, the Castleberry Spur will serve as an everyday gathering space and will host pop-up markets, live performances and community art installations, officials said. Around back, it can be accessed via a Haynes Street alley. One of Atlanta's top architecture firms, Gensler, has been tapped to design the project.

We've asked for renderings of what the finished Spur might look like, but those are being kept secret for now. New Amsterdam did provide this shot of what the space looks like now:

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