From the Capitol, downtown, and three miles east to Sugar Creek in Edgewood– Atlanta’s Memorial Drive is undergoing a complete transformation.
Although this portion is mostly industrial now, Memorial runs between three Historic Districts, Cabbagetown H.D., Reynoldstown H.D., and Grant Park Historic District.
Last year, Liberty Plaza opened on the East façade of the State of Georgia Capitol. This year, the governor is pushing for the long-awaited new State Judicial Complex. Preliminary plans include a new roundabout between them at Capitol Ave and Memorial Drive.
Proposals and plans are being drawn for traffic and streetscape improvements with consultation from the Ga Tech research/design project, IMAGINE: Memorial Drive.
Going East, before historic landmark Oakland Cemetery, one now passes recent lofts, apartments and condos at Capitol Gateway, Mattress Factory Lofts and The Leonard, a new mixed-use apartment building. Coming soon will be Fairfield development’s Grant Park Apartments and MARTA’s King Station mixed-use TOD.
Across from Oakland Cemetery
is a selection of restaurants, boutiques and bars including The Jane and Oakland Park mixed-use apartment building.
Added to these will be the new development “Larkin On Memorial” which will include Grant Park Market and neighborhood needs like dry cleaners, nail salon, daycare, medical, hardware, various retailers and offices.
If you’ve ever wondered, as I have, where the NYC model Cynthia & husband Peter’s Bar One was located on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, it was right here on Memorial Drive. It is to become Grindhouse Killer Burgers.
The next six blocks are one of the hotspots of Atlanta development right now. It is the crossing of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail at Memorial Drive.
While Krog Street Market has a food focus, Pace Properties’ Atlanta Dairies will be a mixed-use project with an entertainment focus, including an outdoor space at the heart of the project called “The Yard” for concerts and other events.
An indoor music venue, bowling alley, small retailers, a bar and a 24-hour diner would be part of the mix, too, with office space and 300 apartments.
Fuqua has purchased the Leggat & Pratt warehouse where a Sprouts Farmers Market and Cinebistro are in the works, along with a large-scale fitness center, restaurants, apartments, senior housing and condos according to WhatNOWAtlanta, and another at mixed-use apartment building at 742 Memorial. Across the Street, Cabbagetown Gateway project is proposed.