Atlanta is taking steps to preserve the old buildings at Pullman Yard by nominating them for landmark status. The nomination follows an effort by the Atlanta City Council to protect land on which the yard is situated, including the headwaters of Hardee Creek.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comment from the board that oversees the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association. – Atlanta’s school superintendent is backing an effort to protect a 10-acre stand of trees and the development of an urban farm and nature center at the site of Pullman Yard, the 27-acre site in Kirkwood that the state of Georgia is selling as a likely mixed use development.
The pending sale of Pullman Yard has elicited more than interest from developers and politicians. The sales process prompted the state to release a trove of information about the site – including the reason behind a fire that burnt a hole through a roof last summer.
The state’s plan to sell Pullman Yard without any requirements to preserve any of the 11 buildings or land has prompted the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association to begin an effort to have historic conditions applied to the property before it is sold.
This week neighbors from Kirkwood and preservation professionals gathered to protest the sale and possible destruction of the historic buildings. Special thanks to members of the Atlanta Preservation Alliance for these stunning images: Chad Carlson, Charles Lawrence & Derek Anderson.
A lawyer for the state issued a tersely worded letter to Atlanta regarding the city’s efforts to protect the historic buildings and site at the state-owned Pullman Yard. Atlanta was advised to drop its preservation effort, or expect to square off with the state and its backing from Georgia’s attorney general.