Memorial Drive Renaissance

From the Capitol, downtown, and three miles east to Sugar Creek in Edgewood– Atlanta’s Memorial Drive is undergoing a complete transformation.

Development along 3 miles of Memorial Drive, from Capitol, on left
Development along 3 miles of Memorial Drive, from the Capitol, at far left

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.

Mattress Factory Lofts
Mattress Factory Lofts
The Leonard apartments and retail is already open.
The Leonard


King Center MARTA TOD
King Center MARTA TOD


The Jane offers restaurants, shops and bars.
The Jane offers restaurants, shops and bars.
563 Memorial Dr
Oakland Park Apts


Six Feet Under is a popular rooftop bar overlooking the cemetery.
Six Feet Under is a popular rooftop bar overlooking the cemetery.

1850 Oakland Cemetery and Atlanta skyline views. Photo: Travel & Leisure

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.



Paces Properties moving forward with $9.6 million, 63,000-square-foot mixed-use project, Larkin on Memorial.
Larkin on Memorial with Grant Park Market
Larkin on Memorial


The developer has yet to announce plans for this large site recently purchased.
The developer has yet to announce plans for this large site recently purchased.


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Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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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.


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841 Memorial
742 Memorial
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Train Station/restaurant space
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Atlanta Dairies before


Atlanta Dairies before


Atlanta Dairies after transformation
Atlanta Dairies after transformation
Atlanta Dairies, photo: Curbed Atlanta
Atlanta Dairies, photo: Curbed Atlanta

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.

Cabbagetown Gateway defunct
Cabbagetown Gateway
Cabbagetown Gate defunct
Cabbagetown Gateway
A view of the completed BeltLine where it crosses Memorial Dr


Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing
Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing


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A&P Lofts




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The New Wonderroot Center for Art & Social Change


Memorial Drive and Woodbine Avenue
Quintus Development for Memorial Drive and Woodbine Avenue at Sugar Creek




Memorial Drive and Washington Street in August 1949. LBGPNS7-211a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
Memorial Drive and Washington Street in August 1949.  Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers  Georgia State University Library.


1944 Memorial Drive
1956 Memorial Dr
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This home was built on Leggatts Hill at Memorial Dr. and was encircled by the Battle of Atlanta. Later, it was moved to 282 Moreland.





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