After standing vacant for years, a 1960s neighborhood market in Summerhill is showing signs of life.
The joint venture of Haverhill Holdings and Gimbal Group is redoing a humble beige building at the corner of Ormond and Martin streets. That’s a few blocks from Georgia State University and developer Carter’s stadium area overhaul of other long-empty structures.
The $1.5 million project will bring the corner space back to its roots, developers say.
Called NeighborGoods, the project seeks to transform the roughly 7,000-square-foot structure into retail spaces that will house Talat Market, a personal fitness studio, and a bakery and deli.
Developers Mike Garber, of Gimbal, and Ben McLoughlin, from Haverhill, told Curbed Atlanta this week that construction is roughly halfway finished.
Talat secured its lease back in March, and letters of intent have been signed by two unnamed tenants.
McLoughlin said the team worked with leaders from Organized Neighbors of Summerhill and the Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corporation to figure out what locals wanted to fill the languishing space.
The team’s goal, Garber said, was to avoid creating just another adaptive-reuse food hall. More specifically, the intent is “to make a longterm staple of Atlanta—the next Mary Mac’s,” he said.
“Everyone’s doing these big tourist destination spaces in Atlanta—the Ponce City Markets of the world—and the goal for this was to create a real neighborhood spot that resonates with the local community,” he added.
Contractor 3D Renovations is tackling the building’s overhaul—“We’ve blown massive holes in the walls for all the new windows and stuff,” Garber noted—which will include new patios, green space, and a reworked facade.
The team expects the space to be move-in ready by April, after which tenants will take care of their respective interior buildouts.
After that, the project could debut to the public in the summertime.