State halts sale of old Atlanta Farmers Market in real estate market that’s slow – even along BeltLine

By David Pendered

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comments from the Georgia Building Authority.

Georgia has suspended indefinitely its effort to sell the old Atlanta Farmers Market near the BeltLine in southwest Atlanta.

Old Atlanta Farmers Market, map

The state has suspended, if not halted, the old Atlanta Farmers Market, which is in the BeltLine corridor in Murphy Triangle. Credit: Mapquest, David Pendered

The state cancelled a bid opening for the farmers market that was set for Wednesday afternoon. Bids were due Oct. 26 and the market expressed no interest in the 16.4 acres with 10 buildings and a shed. The cancelled deal is a blow to hopes that redevelopment is coming anytime soon to a gritty industrial area near Murphy Triangle along the BeltLine.

This is the second time in two weeks the state has had to stall the proposed sale of high-interest parcels in Atlanta. The planned bid opening for the historic Olympia building, at Five Points, was delayed for a month or two. A spokesman with the Georgia Building Authority said Oct. 22 that more time was needed to finalize negotiations with Coca-Cola over their sign on the rooftop.

The bid on the Olympia building has not been reissued.

Paul Melvin, the GBA spokesman, said Wednesday afternoon that no bids were submitted for the old farmers market. The state will await a better times to try to sell the property, Melvin said.

“We received no interest in the property, so we decided to pull it at this time,” Melvin said.

“At some point in the future, we certainly would like to sell it,” Melvin said. “We think it’s a piece of property that, developed properly, would be a benefit in the community. We would like to get it back on the market.”

The GBA owns the farmers market property. The sale was being handled by the Georgia State Properties Commission.

Old Atlanta Farmers Market, building

This structure at the old Atlanta Farmers Market is located in the BeltLine corridor in Murphy Triangle. Credit: Fredrik Brauer at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/69672576

The deal at the old farmers market had the potential to showcase the market’s attitude toward redeveloping an industrial property in a soft real estate climate. The site is located between Fort McPherson and Downtown – an area that was on the brink of a redevelopment boom when the recession hit.

The 10 buildings and shed comprise a total of 298,380 square feet. That’s almost the size of three Walmarts.

The largest structure measures almost 101,000 square feet. The smallest measures 3,002 square feet. The open shed measures 18,867 square feet.

The buildings probably will have to be demolished, according to some developers who’ve eyed the site. Their design and condition do not lend themselves for redevelopment.

The city of Atlanta has done what it can to promote this sector of the BeltLine.

Atlanta is rezoning Murphy Triangle to promote redevelopment and block undesirable businesses, and has obtained federal support to help clean up brownfields in area.

 

About David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with nearly 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.
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freckleface
freckleface

I would love to see a place like Seattle's Pike Place Market at the old site.  Hope the market returns soon and we can see the promise of the Beltline in our lifetime!

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