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Block-swallowing The Interlock announces tenant signings, details construction progress

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The latest news from one of Atlanta’s fastest-evolving commercial districts

a rendering of the project
A rendering of what the project could look like from one of West Midtown’s busiest intersections. 
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West Midtown’s $450 million mixed-use The Interlock has inked leases with two new tenants en route to a full debut next year, continuing the redevelopment momentum along rapidly evolving Howell Mill Road.

The block-consuming Interlock project will be welcoming Velvet Taco and Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches, officials announced this week. The project is also slated to include 118,000 square feet of office space for coworking colossus WeWork.

Crews broke ground on Interlock in the winter, and officials say 65 percent of the planned office and retail space is already leased.

A slab for the lower-level Howell Mill retail foundation was recently finished, and crews “are now forming and pouring the floor for the second level of retail on 14th Street,” per a construction update this week.

They’re also working to create the podium on 14th Street for the 161-key Marriott Tribute Portfolio boutique hotel right now.

On track to open in fall 2020, The Interlock is expected to ultimately feature some 200,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 350 apartments, and 70 single-family homes.

The Interlock is filling the gap, at center, where 14th Street meets Howell Mill Road.
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Previously announced Interlock occupants include Slater Hospitality, St. Germain French Bakery, and Georgia Tech Ventures, which will run a 50,000-square-foot start-up incubator.

Justin Latone, senior vice president of leasing for developer S.J. Collins Enterprises, says the firm is also in negotiations to lease another 40,000 square feet of retail space in the near future, according to a release.

The announcement that Velvet Taco and Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches have inked leases is far from the only news coming out of transforming communities west and north of Georgia Tech.

In May, Ansley Developer Services officials relayed that West Midtown’s first condo high-rise was quickly unloading for-sale units.

And in nearby Atlantic Station, changes abound, including the under-construction T3 West Midtown and Atlantic Yards office developments.

Additionally, the retail district’s Central Park is undergoing a redo that’s expected to grow its green footprint.