The Beltline’s next “lifestyle destination” just got a whole lot groovier.
Former Midtown stalwart Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe has found a new home in The Beacon Atlanta, an adaptive-reuse undertaking in south Grant Park by Pellerin Real Estate that will eventually front the Beltline’s Southside Trail.
It’s Facebook official, y’all.
Said the developer on FB: "Beyond honored and proud to announce that Churchill Grounds is officially moving to the Beacon! [Owner Sam Yi] is an amazing guy and I am very excited to work with him to bring this institution of jazz and community to a very deserving Grant Park!"
Meanwhile, jazz club leaders declared on FB that they’ll keeping participating in pop-ups around the city until their new digs are complete next fall.
The esteemed cafe closed in July after nearly two decades of showcasing Atlanta’s jazz talent on Peachtree Street next door to the Fox Theatre.
Overall, The Beacon’s plans call for the revitalization of six old industrial warehouses, which would become the cornerstones of a 9-acre district touted as a "unique retail, dining, and cultural destination nestled along the Beltline." Construction began in recent weeks.
Developers say the $20-million project is now more than 70 percent leased.
Beyond the jazz club, founding tenants include neighborhood market Third Street Goods, Salon Vagabond, fitness studio Balanced Fit Life, and The Grant Park Public House, a bar and restaurant that will offer a hybrid game called “Beacon Ball” that merges corn hole, American football, and bowling. No, seriously.
Pellerin is aiming for a "layered neighborhood experience" with these 110,000 square feet. Other proposed uses have called for a nursery school, loft offices, dentist, tasting-room concept called “Grant Hall,” and an “artists’ walk” with studios that would convert to storefronts after working hours.
Plans have called for The Beacon to debut in late summer 2017, though Churchill Ground’s announcement makes it sound as if some pieces could come later.
Meanwhile, the Beltline’s community engagement process for the Southside Trail began earlier this year. Officials have said it could take another two years for the design phase to wrap.