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In Grant Park, Fuqua wants to build self-storage instead of senior housing

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A project near Glencastle was intended to be affordable senior housing—now the controversial developer hopes to rezone for storage

Two years ago, controversial Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua unveiled Glenwood Place, a mixed-use hive that brought suburban-style shopping to a large Beltline-adjacent parcel in Grant Park.

The development, notable for its immense Krobar (alternate spellings: Kro-Bar; Kro-BAR) and sea of surface parking, remains a work in progress, as plans come together for adjacent parcels. Which is where the latest controversy involving Fuqua is unfolding.

At the northwestern corner of the property, near Glencastle and the former site of the 1930s-vintage “New” Grant Park School, Fuqua Development’s plans once called for affordable senior housing.

However, Fuqua and his partners have announced they will now seek to have the property rezoned for the development of a self-storage facility.

According to the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, the development team presented their case this week for the switch, due to the project’s inability to qualify for low income tax credits. The team outlined the benefits of a 700 to 800-unit storage facility, including high property taxes, and limited traffic congestion.

A photo tour of the Atlanta Stockade property in Grant Park.
The facility would be constructed just behind the Atlanta Stockade.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

However, notes from the packed meeting indicate that most community members who came out are opposed to the facility, with some likening it to a “bait and switch” tactic.

If Fuqua were able to pull off the change, it wouldn’t be the first time he built a storage facility in a burgeoning intown area.

Near Atlantic Station, Fuqua is currently constructing a self-storage project on a site with sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline.

Per Grant Park leaders, the next step for the Glenwood Place project will be a rezoning application with the city.

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