Thursday, August 2, 2018

Revised JLB West Paces Apartment Project Could Begin Construction in Early 2019

Dallas-based real estate firm JLB Partners Wednesday presented to the Buckhead Development Review Committee revised plans for its planned mixed-use project in the Buckhead Village.  JLB's new design replaces the primarily brick and glass architecture of the 13-story multifamily tower with beige masonry to better match the aesthetics of surrounding Buckhead Village projects such as the St. Regis Atlanta and 92 West Paces, an apartment community across the street.

Ziegler Cooper Architects is designing the project, which will redevelop the site known as 99 West Paces Ferry Road, but actually includes a number of separate parcels.  Among the properties included in the redevelopment are a pair of low rise retail/office buildings and a secluded, small, circa 1975 condo community at 91 West Paces Ferry with access on Paces Ferry Place as well.  Most notable to many in the Buckhead Village community is the inclusion of the former Cafe Jonah & The Magical Attic eatery.  Owned by Souper Jenny founder Jenny Levison, Cafe Jonah was seen as a neighborhood gem, but was forced to close in early 2016 when its property was sold to JLB.   

JLB paid $29.5 million for the complete assemblage which totals about three acres.  In addition to the 313 apartment units, phase one of the project is expected to also include nearly 6,000 square feet of street-level retail along West Paces Ferry Road.  Phase two of the project, along Paces Ferry Place, is expected to include 186 apartments according to a filing from 2017, although the number has reportedly been slightly reduced. (Phase one was originally proposed as 339 multifamily units.)  Each phase will have their own pool atop decked parking with space for combined about 900 vehicles.   

Phase one will be situated between 103 West and an existing First Citizens Bank branch.  

Original plan as presented in 2017 
Revised plan 
The Buckhead Village, home to the Atlanta History Center, the Swan Coach House and a variety of boutiques, bars and restaurants, has garnered a tremendous amount of attention from apartment developers in recent years.    

A gate at the Paces Ferry Place entrance of the 91 West Paces Ferry condo community 
The former home of Cafe Jonah & The Magical Attic 
The Hanover Company recently completed their 353 unit Hanover Buckhead Village high-rise at the corner of Irby Avenue and Roswell Road.  Alliance Residential Co. and Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) both have projects underway along Irby Avenue with Alliance's "The Irby," expected to rise twelve stories and feature 277 units, and Lennar's as yet unnamed project expected to rise twenty stories with 291 units.   ToNeTo Atlanta reported in February that Canada's Great Gulf is partnering with Edens, which owns countless Buckhead Village parcels, to redevelop a portion of their Andrews Square center on Cains Hill Place into a new residential project.  

ToNeTo Atlanta reported last month that George Rohrig of Cartel Properties is planing to redevelop his shopping center on Roswell Road near East Andrews Drive with a wildly ambitious development to include a 200 room boutique hotel, 90 residences, and 80,000 square feet of retail and office space.  

Are you surprised that developers continue to flock to the Buckhead Village? Do you think all of the currently proposed projects will be built? What is your favorite neighborhood in Atlanta?

Please share your thoughts below 


CloseOTP said...

Maybe it's the quality of the picture, but it looks like the original plan had a bit more "personality" than the revised?

Anonymous said...

The revised plan screams "80's office building".

Anonymous said...

Yea what's with the ugly new buildings?? Is fuqa designing everything? Boring, bland, 70's,80's ... Someone needs to be FIRED and replaced by new blood and vision! I mean this is Buckhead right??

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