Inman Park Village: A Model of Cooperation Between Developers and a Neighborhood
ATLANTA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta-based Wood Partners, Inc. looked at the 21-acre former Mead Paper Company site in Inman Park and had a vision for a potential new live, work, play community within one of Atlanta's oldest in-town neighborhoods. But, before purchasing the property, bordered by Lake Avenue, Elizabeth Street and North Highland Avenue, Wood Partners, a developer of luxury apartment homes, decided to work closely with the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. They assembled a team of expert developers, engineers, architects and builders to develop the blueprint for a project that would be embraced by the neighborhood and community at large-a mixed-use development of residences (luxury-apartments, detached homes, condominiums, row houses and town houses), office condominiums, retail shops and a restaurant. Now called Inman Park Village, the project represents the most significant real estate investment in Inman Park to date. The residential component of Inman Park Village will include 253 luxury- apartment homes developed by Wood Partners, 68 urban loft-style condominiums developed by Ultima Holdings and 16 spacious single-family detached homes to be built by Brunning & Stang in a joint venture with the Columns Group. That venture will also develop 22 luxury row homes and 19 town homes on the site. Residential homes will be architecturally consistent with those that have graced Inman Park for over a century, but will offer all the conveniences of modern technology. "While a lot of people wouldn't dream of parting with the charm of their older homes, they'd leave their leaky roofs, drafty windows and creaky floors in a heartbeat," stated Mark Randall of Wood Partners. "Inman Park Village will have a lot of appeal for those people." Inman Park Village offers a wide variety of homes and price points-with rentals starting as low as $800 a month to luxury homes selling in the high $700,000s. The commercial components of the development include the historic Blue Horse Building, which, when owned by the Montag family was used to produce the Blue Horse notebooks used by generations of students to learn their three Rs. Parkside Partners was able to save the historic landmark which is being thoroughly renovated into 29,000 square feet of office space. Rick Bent of Parkside Partners says, "Restoring such a significant piece of Atlanta history has been hugely rewarding for our company and important to the Inman Park community." Office space will be sold as condominiums and will be available in sizes ranging from 1,500 to 15,000 square feet. In addition, Ultima Holdings LLC, is developing 20,000 square feet of retail space for small shops with frontage on North Highland Avenue and Village Parkway. Ultima also will have a free-standing 4,500 square foot restaurant inside the village and within walking distance of the core of the Inman Park neighborhood. "We wanted our project to be welcomed by the neighborhood," said Randall. While working with the neighborhood on the blueprint for Inman Park Village, Wood Partners chose its development team. "We chose companies who specialize and excel at the type of buildings we wanted in Inman Park," Randall said. "We also selected builders based in Atlanta who understand the importance of an in-town neighborhood like Inman Park to our city, and want to strengthen that neighborhood with their efforts." For over 25 years, Geoff Brunning and Ray Stang have specialized in building residential homes and redevelopment projects in established Atlanta neighborhoods. They, along with the Columns Group, will build the Bill Harrison designed single-family homes in Inman Park Village. Ultima Holdings, LLC also has been involved in enhancing Atlanta in-town neighborhoods for over a quarter century. Ultima will construct the residential condominiums, retail shops and a freestanding restaurant. Parkside Partners, Inc. acquired the Mead Products office building from Wood Partners. They specialize in "niche" office properties, and with Hailey Realty Company, will renovate the Mead building into office condominiums. "Inman Park Village serves as a model of cooperation between developers, builders, a neighborhood and city government," explained Robert Ullmann of Ultima Holdings. "Many constructive suggestions from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission were incorporated into the design. The result captures the charm of a small town set in a park-like atmosphere established by Inman Park in the 19th century." The developers have designed Inman Park Village to remain true to the style of the historic Inman Park neighborhood. "Building homes in a historic district like this, creates an additional opportunity for the builder...the challenge of authenticity," said builder Geoff Brunning of Brunning & Stang. "Our goal is to create a development that blends into the respected and valuable fabric of Inman Park. In five years, you won't be able to tell that Inman Park Village wasn't built during the same era as the rest of Inman Park." Unlike many in-town developments, Inman Park Village is being welcomed by its neighbors, who have wondered what would replace the decaying, graffiti- covered, empty buildings of the former Mead Paper Company site. They have accepted the new development as adding new and exciting elements to the Inman Park sense of community and look forward to welcoming their new neighbors in Inman Park Village. Al Caproni, President of Inman Park Neighborhood Association, said: "We in Inman Park have worked diligently with Wood Partners and their team to come up with an outstanding plan for the redevelopment of this parcel that will incorporate the new development into our community. The resulting plan is one that Inman Park actively supports. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbors into the Inman Park community and participating with them in activities such as monthly porch parties, book clubs and the nationally known Inman Park Festival." Inman Park Village is convenient to Virginia Highlands with its variety of interesting shops, restaurants and entertainment. It is also within walking distance of Little Five Points and Freedom Park with its miles of bike paths and walking trails. Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport are an easy car or train ride from the Inman Park MARTA station. Press materials available at www.inmanparkvillage.com . Synopsis of Development Projects At Inman Park Village Alta Inman Park: Luxury Apartment Homes 253 homes are being developed by Woods Partners. They range in size from studio to three bedrooms, and have gourmet kitchens, Whirlpool appliances, washer/dryer and loft-style floor plans offering skyline views. Most units will have a private patio/balcony. All will offer access to a swimming pool, clubhouse, fitness facility and business center. The Lofts: Residential Condominiums Ultima Holdings is developing 68 urban loft style condominiums. The one and two bedroom units feature stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, top-of-the line finishes and fixtures, Italian cabinetry and large balconies with skyline views. Robert Ullmann of Ultima is excited about the project saying, "We've been involved with in-town mixed use developments before, but not one as charming and steeped in history as Inman Park Village." The Detached Homes 16 free-standing spacious houses feature hardwood floors, 10 ft. ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, high-tech wiring, front porches and private backyards. "As authentic as we wanted to make the houses, we did not intend them to be replicas," states Geoff Brunning of Brunning & Stang, "they need larger kitchens, laundry rooms, more bathrooms, larger closets, air conditioning and garages." The Row Houses and Town Houses Brunning & Stang are building 22 luxurious row houses and 19 town homes in the softer Southern adaptation of the Italianate style. Ray Stang, the Inman Park Neighborhood Association and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission agreed that the houses should look as though they'd been built between 1880 and 1900 in a popular style of that time. High ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplaces are standard - many have roof top decks with optional hot tubs. The Blue Horse: Office Condominiums The historic Blue Horse Building, who's Blue Horse notebooks helped generations of students learn their three R's, is being thoroughly renovated by Parkside Partners, to offer 29,000 square feet of office space in sizes ranging from 1,500 to 15,000 square feet. "Saving a great old structure like the Blue Horse Building has been a very rewarding experience," says Rick Bent of Parkside Partners. Retail Shops and Restaurant Ultima Holdings 20,000 square feet of space for small shops with space starting at 1,500 square feet, and frontage on North Highland Avenue and Village Parkway. The free standing 4,500 square foot restaurant is in Inman Park Village, and within walking distance of the rest of Inman Park. Contact: Alan Solon Solon Advertising & Marketing 1141 Sheridan Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30324 404-636-9000 email@example.com
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