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In Old Fourth Ward, Beltline-adjacent hotel development moves forward

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Plans have been filed for the 200-key Portman Holdings project

a picture of the beltline near where the hotel would go
The hotel would rise to the right of the Eastside Trail, just south of Irwin Street.
Sean Keenan, Curbed Atlanta

A hotel is once again in the works at the corner of Old Fourth Ward’s Irwin Street and the Beltline’s Eastside Trail.

On May 9, an engineering firm affiliated with prominent developer Portman Holdings filed plans with the City of Atlanta for a seven-story, 200-key hotel, according to public records.

Portman Holdings procured the roughly 1.4-acre site for $5.5 million about a year ago, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported.

What the new lodging option could look like is anyone’s guess right now, but construction could launch by the end of this year, according to the paper.

The hotel could be open for business in mid-to-late-2021.

A boutique hotel inspired by architecture near New York City’s High Line was planned for the site several years ago, but that project ultimately faltered. Plans had called for 140 rooms, two restaurants, and a European-style piazza near the Beltline.

Neighboring Stove Works, Studioplex, and Krog Street Market, the Portman development marks the second hotel project now in the works along the Beltline’s eastern flank.

Developer New City, which is constructing 725 Ponce, the towering mixed-use build replacing “Murder Kroger,” is planning a boutique hotel project that would neighbor Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Beltline. The ABC has revised renderings of what that project could look like here (paywall).

New City’s project would also feature office buildings, hundreds of residences, and retail and restaurant space.