It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Mark Teixeira joined the Braves as a first baseman, setting expectations high with three home runs in his first three games.
Ultimately, his big aspirations in Atlanta didn’t pan out—Teixeira was traded after just a year to the Angels, and then to the Yankees—but the now ex-baseball player is returning to Atlanta with big (development) plans.
Last week, the Atlanta Business Chronicle revealed the 37-year-old intends to build a mega mixed-use development on the Westside, near Bankhead MARTA Station. While investment in the area has lagged behind other neighborhoods, the news comes just a few days after it was revealed that Atlanta’s largest park will begin opening there in 2019.
In addition to having park adjacency, the development would also one day be Beltline-adjacent and have direct access to the new Proctor Creek Greenway, potentially making the deal a grand slam.
Encompassing some 25 acres in the first phase along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (think: the size of Pullman Yard), the site could eventually house a 300-room hotel, residences, and commercial space. And with more than 75 acres to Teixiera’s name in the area, it’s likely his plans will grow as the neighborhood gains traction.
He told the newspaper: “We are very high on density and affordable housing.”
In the meantime, the project will require rezoning with the city before it can move forward.
For more information on the project, check out the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
- Baseball all-star Mark Teixeira plans big mixed-use project at Bankhead MARTA station [Atlanta Business Chronicle; subscriber]
- Westside's highly anticipated Beltline park at Bellwood Quarry to debut in 2019 [Curbed Atlanta]