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Photos: Inside a Poncey-Highland Mixed-Use Game-Changer

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RIP, ye former North Highland Avenue parking lot

Downtown views from a west-facing balcony.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

In Atlanta these days, the term "mixed-use" is often a borderline profanity, given its connotations of bland, profit-driven design and kowtowing to corporate chains or exclusively well-heeled clientele.

Which is all well and good.

But lest we forget the projects of mixed usage that activate entire blocks and eradicate soulless parking lots. One such example appears to be taking shape on North Highland Avenue in Poncey-Highland.

Once owned by historic Druid Hills Baptist Church, this high-profile parcel is now home to 675 N. Highland by Abraham Properties, a mix of 125 apartments, townhomes, and retail.

By the end of this summer, expect 12,500 square feet of shops and restaurants along Highland Avenue, plus 7,500 square feet of storefront office and retail on Blue Ridge Avenue.

Trashy Diva — a "vintage and retro inspired" women’s clothing store — will claim two storefront slots, along with a pizza option, and more. Apartments will range between one and three bedrooms, with ceilings up to 11 and 1/2 feet. Prices are TBD.

Pre-leasing has begun, and developers expect to wrap 675 N. Highland in August. Here's a sneak peek at the project and a model unit right now: