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WonderRoot’s former art bungalow falls as Memorial Drive’s next apartments launch

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Expect about 200 more rentals in Reynoldstown, a few blocks from the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail

A construction site with a big yellow backhoe on it.
A backhoe this week works where the art nonprofit’s former, funky Memorial Drive home had stood.
Photos: Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta

The Memorial Drive corridor’s billion-dollar surge of development is continuing in a signifiant way in Reynoldstown, claiming a relic of the eastside’s independent arts scene in the process.

The blue bungalow where arts nonprofit WonderRoot had operated for a decade and a half is no more in the 900 block of Memorial Drive.

In its place is heavy equipment and construction fencing encircling an entire block, where an apartment project that’s been identified only as 982 Memorial—WonderRoot’s former address—is moving forward.

Days were numbered for the embattled art group’s quaint former home after the organization had abruptly shuttered in August, following the resignation of its founder.

A rendering showing a large brick building that fronts a black road.
How the project would meet Memorial Drive, continuing large-scale development eastward in Reynoldstown.
Renderings by Smith Dalia Architects

The apartment complex by Urban Realty Partners and Prestwick Development Company would face two townhome developments with prices from the high $500,000s to nearly a million, a few blocks east of the Atlanta Beltline’s finished Eastside Trail.

Reps with Smith Dalia Architects told Curbed Atlanta last year the 982 Memorial project will bring 192 rentals to Reynoldstown.

The building is expected to stand six stories along Memorial Drive and slope to four stories as it nears the neighborhood’s single-family homes.

At last check, no retail was included in the plans, but designs did call for a grassy amenities area stretching along Gibson Street.

A large lot with fencing around it.
Construction fencing denotes the scope of the project’s large footprint along Gibson Street.
A rending of people milling around a lawn with a jogger going past.
The planned future for the same section.
A rendering of a red and white apartment building.
The Gibson Street elevation.