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East Lake’s Hosea + 2nd village unveils Phase II plans

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Two-story office, restaurant complex in works for burgeoning eastside intersection

A view of the East Lake project as it faces Hosea L. Williams Drive NE.
A view of the project as it faces Hosea L. Williams Drive NE.
All images courtesy of Hosea + 2nd/ReDevStudio

The team behind the rebirth of a formerly blighted East Lake intersection has pulled back the curtain on what the next phase will be.

Expect more restaurants or cafes—and workers toiling in creative loft offices—at the growing Hosea + 2nd project, located a few blocks from the commercial villages of both Oakhurst and Kirkwood.

Plans for Phase II call for a two-story, modern-style building totaling 7,800 square feet with an open corridor in the center, linking public spaces to restaurants and offices.

With two eateries and six loft offices across both levels (larger office units will come with showers), the venture would complete the third of four available corners at the intersection, which had sat vacant for years.

Leasing has launched, the permitting slog is in motion, and ReDevStudio expects to break ground on Phase II this fall, officials said.

“We’ve been ecstatic with the reception that the first phase has received, with the success of our tenants, and how the neighborhood has supported them,” ReDevStudio partner Nathan Bolster said in a press release. “This is the next step to the end goal of a neighborhood-oriented commercial node.”

The two developed corners of the project in 2015.
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The project’s architect, Tim Nichols, a principal of NO Architecture, noted that “dynamic outdoor spaces with visual connections between the dining guests and the public walk-ways” has been a focus with all three sides of the intersection in development thus far.

Currently operating are Poor Hendrix restaurant, Greater Good BBQ, and recently opened Mix’D Up Burgers. A venture by One Eared Stag chef Robert Phalen called Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters (taking the larger corner space) is being built out and expects to open soon, officials said.

Still a long way from being finished, Hosea + 2nd has garnered design kudos.

It was named a finalist for the AIA Georgia Honor Award (Adaptive-Reuse) and received an Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence in May. Last November, prior to the opening of the burger biz, we toured the facilities with cameras.

Of the four sites, the last to be developed will be the southwest quadrant, where the Cousins Family Foundation plans to build offices and boutique retail, according to marketing materials.

The Cousins Family Foundation, an organization that's been working to revitalize East Lake since 1993, purchased the Hosea + 2nd land in 2005 and sold it two years ago to Clay Harper and Mike Nelson—owners of Fellini's Pizza and La Fonda Latina—along with partners Nathan Bolster and Jay Martin.

The plans below show how Phase II’s first level will interact with the street:

And the upper level:

The smaller office format:

And the larger layout, with showers:

Here’s an overview of the project from last year with projected Site 2 completion dates that were maybe a tad ambitious:

Phase II.