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Off Cheshire Bridge Road, 13-building redo will aim to preserve ‘working class’ housing

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Developers active in Midtown and Buckhead just bought Lenox Road complexes for $42 million

Two brick apartment buildings with a road between them and soaring trees on all sides.
As seen from Lenox Road in December, the apartment communities are set for a makeover meant to unify them.
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A cluster of aging apartment buildings around the corner from Cheshire Bridge Road in Morningside/Lenox Park is set for an artistic upgrade that developers say won’t sacrifice affordability.

Tenth Street Ventures and Braden Fellman Group recently paid $42 million to multiple owners for 13 rental buildings from the 1960s and ’70s situated along Lenox Road.

Sprucing them up would echo similar approaches developers have taken with older, low-rise apartment complexes in recent years from Kirkwood to Old Fourth Ward and elsewhere.

Over the next 18 months, plans call for unifying and rebranding the disparate pieces—335 rentals across 12 and a half acres—as a single garden-style apartment community called “The Piet.”

The intent is also to preserve a large section of “working class” housing intown, developers say.

TSV’s Brian McCarthy tells Curbed Atlanta that, following interior renovations and amenities upgrades, rents will average less than $1,375 per month.

A white two-story apartment building with a courtyard in front of it with picnic tables.
A courtyard at one rental community today.
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The development team is planning to build two pools, several dog parks, and walking trails, alongside other amenities such as bocce ball courts, putting greens, and more than a dozen grilling stations.

As with another TSV project in Midtown—the revised Studio9Forty apartments, with décor inspired by Studio 54—The Piet is expected to have a unique art bent.

Exteriors will be painted by artist Chastain Bernard, and they’ll aim to echo the “neoplasticism movement with visual compositions of vertical and horizontal shapes using only black, white, and primary colors to simplify and unify the buildings’ exteriors,” as project reps describe it.

McCarthy says the age of the apartment buildings will require maintenance and renovated kitchens and bathrooms.

“While residents will be able to stay through their lease—and we wish that all current residents could remain after their lease—we also need to help pay for improvement costs, which will increase rents,” he says. “So we’re offering a no-application-fee, no-deposit move to one of our other properties in the area.”

An apartment community with two story buildings on either side and green trees in between.
Elsewhere around the buildings.
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The same team has purchased three Decatur rental communities, including Adair Oaks, with plans to renovate more than 100 units there.

Also in Midtown, TSV recently bought a complex at the corner of Crescent and 13th streets. The building houses Sutra Lounge, Tin Lizzy’s, and 14 rentals above.

On the condo front, TSV remade a former 1924 rental community near Atlanta Memorial Park into Portico Buckhead, where 50 for-sale units start from $275,000.