Online college Herzing University will soon relocate to downtown Atlanta’s historic Hurt Building, a move that could pay dividends for the city’s reviving core.
Uprooting from Buckhead, Herzing secured a lease for a full 30,000-square-foot floor of the building with JLL, the company tenant-hunting for the Hurt Building’s owner, Gamma Real Estate.
Assuming Herzing’s accreditor approves its plans, the school will be taking control of its space late this summer.
The deal is expected to bring hundreds of students through the Hurt Building’s downtown halls each day, according to a JLL press release.
“Herzing University has proudly served adult learners in Atlanta for almost 40 years, and this move will help us support more students in the years to come,” said university president Renee Herzing in the release.
Herzing students study, among other subjects, “nursing, business, healthcare, legal studies, public safety, cybersecurity, and information technology,” per the university.
The 18-story Hurt Building, built in 1913 on the south side of Edgewood Avenue just east of Woodruff Park, was bought by Gamma in 2016. Since then, JLL has filled enough spaces to bring the property up to 80 percent occupancy.
“Downtown Atlanta is rapidly evolving, and major companies and universities are taking notice,” said JLL leasing associate Claire Ross. “Herzing’s move from Buckhead to downtown is part of a larger transformation that will reshape how Atlantans experience the city and position downtown Atlanta for long-term growth.”
The Hurt Building is currently undergoing a $4 million upgrade—expected to preserve and restore its historic accents—expected to be completed later this year.
- Hurt Building renovation [Curbed Atlanta]