Curbed Atlanta | Summerhill developer talks openings, construction

The areas around Summerhill are transforming on a daily basis, as officials with developer Carter pointed out this week, which marks the opening of the Atlanta Braves’s third home season somewhere else.

Brief recap: Earlier this year, the neighborhood saw the opening of Little Tart, a bakery and coffee shop on Georgia Avenue, a fast-redeveloping, long-underutilized retail strip running east from the ballpark now called Georgia State Stadium.

Meanwhile, Aspen Heights’s housing complex for Georgia State University students—the school has teamed with Carter to revamp the former Turner Field and surrounding properties—is under construction. It’s slated to deliver hundreds of beds before the fall semester.

And later this spring and summer, Wood’s Chapel BBQ and Halfway Crooks Beer brewery are expected to open for patrons of the stadium neighborhood’s budding retail scene.

In other news, the development team has snagged a new tenant, a Mexican option currently available only via food truck, according to David Nelson, Carter’s executive vice president.

D Boca N Boca is scheduled to claim 39 Georgia Avenue, where a two-story building is plastered with public art about a block west of Little Tart.

That’s the latest on the 80-acre redevelopment project Carter is spearheading, but that’s not all in Summerhill’s development pipeline.

But elsewhere nearby, plans are moving forward for 100 townhomes by Hedgewood Homes, an Atlanta-based homebuilder.

According to Nelson, a quarter of those are nearing vertical construction; between two and three months of site work is needed to prepare the property for that, he says.

Once construction kicks off, Nelson says, sales will begin.

At the northwestern edge of the construction activity is the Carter-developed, 312-unit multifamily housing complex planned next to Hank Aaron Drive, where Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium used to be.

The development would bring between 9,000 and 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail, as well as between six and eight units of street-level live-work space.

Construction on that part of the massive project, Nelson says, is scheduled to launch in August.

Carter’s multifamily residences, meanwhile, would sit across the street from the national grocer that development officials are in the process of securing.

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By Sean Keenan

Full Article and additional images in Curbed Atlanta.

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