As is, the Atlanta Stockade complex looks like the sort of place where little girls possessed by demons might spring from closets and bite you.
But that’s all set to change in the not-too-distant future.
The 4-acre Grant Park property with roots in the 1800s—highlighted by a gothic, castle-like structure that once served as Atlanta’s prison—sold last month to a team led by Urban Realty Partners and RAF Capital.
Redevelopment plans for what’ll be known as GlenCastle call for an adaptive-reuse approach that pays homage to the site’s history, with three distinctive, loft-style buildings: The Forge, The Stockade, and The Stable. Developers are in the process of applying for historic tax credits, officials said last month.
Not long after the deal had closed, on a fittingly eerie March day, we toured the property for a pre-construction glimpse.
Next to Interstate 20 and Fuqua’s Kroger-anchored Glenwood Place, the GlenCastle grounds contain the former prison and a large building that formerly housed stables and a blacksmith shop. (More recent uses included apartments and offices).
Once finished, the smallest piece (The Forge) will offer 7,300 square feet that could be used as restaurant space, and ditto for The Stable (25,000 square feet), officials have said.
Meanwhile, the largest component—The Stockade, the taller, turreted structure from 1896—will bring 38,000 square feet of creative office use.