A significant portion of Fuqua Development’s rising Madison Yards, as business leaders joke, is going to the dogs.
Founded by Grant Park resident Ryan Deal, a startup concept called Lucky and Lady has ambitions of “transforming away-from-home pet care,” beginning with a flagship 6,000-square-foot facility—the massive Reynoldstown build’s third largest commercial space, officials announced this week.
Staffed around the clock, the indoor pet boarding, daycare, grooming, and washing enterprise is set to open late this summer.
“Four years of research and consultation with an array of architectural and mechanical engineers, environmental experts, and clinical specialists in animal behavior have guided every aspect of the [design],” notes a press announcement.
The advent of cutting-edge Fido care illustrates again how the development hot zone that is Memorial Drive isn’t the bedraggled industrial corridor it used to be.
In term’s of sheer size, Fuqua’s latest intown venture takes the cake. It’s transforming the longtime home of Leggett & Platt manufacturing, extending from Memorial Drive to Interstate 20, along Bill Kennedy Way and the planned Beltline corridor.
In the works for several years, Madison Yards will include some 550 residences, 80,000 square feet of loft office space, 160,000 square feet of retail, and plenty of parking.
The roughly $250 million development will be anchored by a Publix and AMC Theatre, not the formerly expected Sprouts and CineBistro. Expect a mix of townhomes and apartments.
More recent signings include Hooters offshoot “Hoots,” Marietta-based Taqueria Tsunami, Birmingham popsicle purveyor Steel City Pops, and Marlow’s Tavern, among other eateries and retailers.
Regarding the area’s Beltline segment, construction has mostly finished on the Eastside Trail’s extension through Reynoldstown. But the project remains closed as Beltline officials await permits from the Georgia Department of Transportation to install pedestrian improvements at Memorial Drive.
Those will include a pedestrian plaza where the trail meets the road, as well as beef-up crosswalks, traffic signals, and stormwater systems.
Beltline officials have said that partial trail openings are a possibility, weather permitting.