The arguments against Fuqua Development's Decatur Crossing mixed-use project have quieted. The dust has settled where South Boulevard Baptist Church once stood at the corner of North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard. Most of the traffic concerns surrounding the once-controversial development have been addressed (for better or for worse). Now that the drama has died down and an ambitious (or unrealistic) completion date of Spring 2016 approaches, we get to see what all the hubbub was about, and it is... this? Renderings of the five-story residential component from Dwell Design Studio reveal a bland, beige, standard-as-they-come, inoffensive-to-the-point-of invisibility apartment building. Like many mixed-use developments going up around the city, it could be worse... but it could be better too.
When both phases are complete, Decatur Crossing will feature 80,000 square feet of retail, 15,000 square feet of office space, at least 700 apartment units reportedly priced around $1.65/square foot and a one-acre park open to the public. Retail will reportedly be a mix of local and national brands with a natural grocery store, banks, restaurants and a drive-through "deli cafe."
· Decatur Crossing Moves Forward, Changes Traffic Patterns [Curbed Atlanta]
· Holy Destructo-Porn! [Curbed Atlanta]
· Phase II of "Decatur Crossing": negotiation summary [MANA]