Atlanta Civic Center redevelopment plans revealedRenderings o proposed Civic Center redevelopment (Special: Weingarten)
By Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk
Weingarten Realty Investors on Tuesday gave the public a first look at the reimagined Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Houston-based Weingarten was expected to release the renderings and plans during a Community Development/Human Resources Committee meeting of the Atlanta City Council.
Weingarten is planning a nearly $300 million redevelopment of the Civic Center, which would include demolishing the center and building a mixed-use project in its place at Piedmont Avenue, Ralph McGill Boulevard and Pine Street.
The project could include 250,000 square feet of office space, 222,900 square feet of retail, a grocery store, 250 condominiums, 386 apartments and 20 townhomes. A park, amphitheater and water fountains surrounded by a wine bar and restaurants could sit at the center of the project.
Weingarten in September entered negotiations with Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, to buy the Civic Center for $30 million.
Weingarten’s plan has been tweaked in recent weeks. The original site plan showed a more suburban format development with large surface parking lots. The new plan is more dense and features an office tower.
The city hopes redevelopment of the Civic Center property will spark reinvestment just south of North Avenue and better connect the area to the bustling Old Fourth Ward, where Jamestown’s Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail have sparked several new projects.
The 380,000-square-foot civic center, opened in 1967, has been a drain on the city’s coffers for years. As it has aged, many of the shows it once was able to attract have shifted to other venues, including the Cobb Energy Centre.
Amy Wenk is a staff writer for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.