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First look: Near SweetWater Brewery, studio conversion on tap for midcentury warehouse

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35,000-square-foot Indie Studios will aim to lure tech talent to Armour-Ottley Loop

An outdoor patio space with green leafy wall and brick walls, in a rendering.
Outdoor seating at the Ottley Drive facility, as seen in a rendering.
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The evolution of what’s being called the Armour-Ottley Loop—or “the Loop,” for short—is continuing with a project designed to bolster Atlanta’s growing design economy.

Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate, the team behind Sweet Auburn’s Constellations shared workspace, announced Tuesday that its newest “cultural development” will be called Indie Studios.

A loop road with martini glass and BBQ, illustration.
The loop, illustrated.

Totaling 35,000 square feet, the studios venture is set to open next spring on Ottley Drive, across the street from SweetWater Brewery, officials said. Pre-leasing has begun.

Beyond the brewery, Indie Studios will join American Spirit Works, Atlanta Track Club, East Pole Coffee, Fox Brothers’s “Que”-osk, Coyote Logistics, CineMassive, and other recent additions to the district.

Plans call for the area to be linked in coming years to the Atlanta Beltline and Buckhead’s PATH400 Trail.

In transforming former midcentury warehouses, Indie Studios will offer 12 spaces that accommodate between eight and 20 people each, plus the tech-driven “Studio X” for software developers, with individual desks and hubs with lab space, project leaders said.

The interior of a coworking facility with a leather couch and white chairs.
Planned interiors.

The expected onsite amenities were described as follows:

“...a library with full-height video walls, a chill living room, “cultural conference rooms,” a full-service café, plenty of thoughtfully designed community space, porches and patios for indoor/outdoor enjoyment, 150 linear feet of front garden, plus tiny and delicious cinnamon rolls served each afternoon with complimentary coffee.”

Beyond software gurus, leasing teams will aim to lure game designers, architects, engineers, interior designers, animators, tech firms, and production houses, among other professions.

A warehouse with gray and brick and a few trees in front of it.
The facility today, across the street from SweetWater.
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Warehouse with chairs out front and leafy or brick walls.
The above rendering, in full.