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Revised vision for Waldo’s Old Fourth Ward emerges on eve of construction launch

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Expect timber construction at the relatively dense new development near Edgewood Avenue

A rendering shows a hotel with the word “MOTTO” on the top in bright white letters, flanked by a smaller mixed-use building.
This is expected to be officially underway today, replacing an empty O4W block. Boulevard frontage is shown here.
Lucror Resources

Shovels are slated to hit dirt today on an Old Fourth Ward mixed-use complex that bends some rules of conventional construction.

Developed by Lucror Resources and designed by Atlanta architecture firm tvsdesign, the 200,000-square-foot Waldo’s Old 4th Ward promises, among other things, a six-story office stack erected with heavy timber, rather than concrete and steel.

Project leaders say the approach circumvents the “highly carbon-intensive” production of concrete and steel, cutting down on emissions.

But the office component only accounts for about 120,000 square feet of the new construction.

A previous rendering of the development shows how the Boulevard side would look, with the hotel towering over the offices.
An earlier rendering of the hotel and office plans.

Set to debut in 2021, the development is also expected to feature 10,000 square feet of restaurants and retail, 146 hotel rooms—up from the 125-key boutique lodge announced this past summer—and three stories of residences, all near the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard.

Less than a mile from the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the 1.5-acre site is poised to stand relativity tall over Edgewood Avenue’s bustling restaurant and bar strip.

According to renderings sent to Curbed Atlanta earlier this week, the Motto by Hilton hotel planned for Waldo’s would stand about 10 stories, likely boasting views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s stomping grounds in Sweet Auburn, as well as the downtown skyline.

The project is also expected to include underground parking.