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Vision unveiled for $19M Castleberry Hill residential project near the Gulch

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The Smith & Porter Railside Flats promise a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial roots

The throwback facade.
Renderings: Smith and Porter Apartments

Construction is well underway on a 115-unit residential complex that promises to pay homage to the industrial workers that helped make Caslteberry Hill—and nearby downtown—what it is today.

Called “Smith & Porter,” the Enfold Properties project is expected to be open for residents in April and totally complete by the end of the summer, offering one- and two-bedroom rentals along Peters Street.

Leasing has yet to begin, but expect one-bedroom units to start around $1,300 and two-bedrooms around $1,600, an Enfold spokesman tells Curbed Atlanta.

The development also plans to offer a handful of higher-end units: four one-bedrooms with a loft and rooftop terraces with city views that will go for about $1,900, and four larger two-bedrooms with “flat-iron-ish geometry” for about $2,000, officials said.

Although Smith & Porter’s progress is easily visible from the street, a rendering released last week illustrates a fuller vision for the $19.3 million venture.

The design was mostly dictated by Castleberry Hill’s historic district regulations and the city’s Urban Design Commission, said the spokesman.

The residential complex is also expected to bring what developers consider Class A amenities—pool, clubroom, tall ceilings, stainless appliances—to the Castleberry Hill site, which sits just south of downtown’s Gulch, where billions more in development is planned.

As for the Peters Street project’s name, Enfold’s marketing team had this to say:

“It’s hard to imagine a location with a better-earned pride of place. In the early years of Castleberry Hill, Peters Street was a bustling industrial center for many of Atlanta’s hardest working tradespeople, including blacksmiths. And as the city’s first railroad system was being built by visionary Richard Peters, many a dedicated porter signed on to serve. The name ‘Smith & Porter’ is both an homage to the blue-collar pioneers who helped make this place special—and an invitation to the next generation of movers and makers looking to be just as historic.”

A revised look at the Hard Rock hotel in Castleberry Hill.
The updated vision for the Reverb by Hard Rock hotel.
Renderings: Reverb by Hard Rock

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Ty Pennington, most famous for hosting Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is spearheading an adaptive-reuse condominium project; construction of the Reverb by Hard Rock hotel is moving forward; and practically next door to Smith & Porter, Gulch developer CIM Group has teamed with Stream Realty Partners for a $70-million revamp of the Norfolk Southern Buildings.