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Another Big Piece of Memorial Drive Targeted for Development

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Atlanta planning department records suggest yet another large piece of Memorial Drive could be developed. The address in question is 465 Memorial Drive SE, between Six Feet Under and Paces Properties' Larkin on Memorial development. It's the longtime home of Barnett Performance, a collection of low-rise warehouses branded as "The South's Racing Equipment Headquarters."

A City Planning Department application for redevelopment of the property lists the applicant as Ben Curran — ostensibly the senior director of development for Atlantic Realty Partners, who's responsible for site acquisition, among other duties.

Atlantic Realty is behind recent projects throughout Atlanta, including Cyan on Peachtree, Azure on The Park in Midtown and 321 mid-rise apartments around the Braves' SunTrust Park. According to the paperwork, the new Grant Park development would encompass several parcels around 465 Memorial Drive SE and would entail new construction greater than 250,000 square feet. Specifics beyond that are under wraps, for now. Inquiries left with the developer this week were not returned. Expect updates if more information becomes available.

As is, the Barnett Performance warehouse has 100,000 square feet of inventory and occupies a full city block. Records indicate the property sold to the Barnett company in 1985 for $238,900.