Snellville picks MidCity as developer for $85 million Towne Center project

Snellville is partnering with two developers on an $85 million first phase of its new town center, the latest suburban Atlanta city embracing the chance to create a vibrant downtown.   The Grove at Towne Center will be led by a joint venture of Casto, a more than 90-year-old real estate company based in Columbus, Ohio, and MidCity Real Estate Partners, an Atlanta firm that brought walkable, mixed-use development to downtown Alpharetta.   The first phase is set to begin in 2020, depending on the development team’s ability to secure construction financing in coming months. It will include 250 apartments and over 50,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office and entertainment space. Paths for pedestrians and cyclists will also connect to the Snellville Greenway.   The Market Center will anchor the project. Early ideas for the building include a brew pub and upscale event space. The Commons area will also allow the city to create a public gathering space for festivals and other events.   The Grove at Towne Center is a microcosm of widespread downtown revitalization underway across the country, with local examples in Alpharetta, Duluth, Suwanee, Lawrenceville and other cities. As more people return to downtowns, it’s also a reminder of how many regional power retail centers and malls that flourished in the 80s and 90s are under pressure to stay relevant with consumers.   “Historically, in areas of the Northeast, the Midwest and Europe, the town center was everything,” said Kirk Demetrops, president of MidCity. “There was a 20-year trend where land was cheap, and the power centers and the malls were in vogue. There’s still room for those. But, the town center is coming back as a place that brings people together.”   “We’ve been working on this for a year,” Demetrops said. “It’s a really good match for us.”   This article first appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 27th, 2019 by Douglas Sams. To see the original article, click...

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MidCity Real Estate Partners Nominated for Award from Urban Land Institute

MidCity Real Estate Partners is nominated by the Urban Land Institute as a finalist for the award of “Excellence in Town Center Development” for our work on the Alpharetta City Center. Learn more about the project here.

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Alpharetta City Center Wins Development Of Excellence Award

Alpharetta City Center, the public-private partnership redevelopment in the city’s core, was honored Friday with a 2018 Development of Excellence Award by the Atlanta Regional Commission.   The project won the award in the category of Exceptional Merit for Context-Sensitive Town Center Development. The awards, given during the agency’s State of the Region Breakfast held Nov. 2, recognize the developments and places that are improving quality of life in the 10-county Atlanta region.   Alpharetta City Center’s walkable 26 acres are home to Alpharetta City Hall, a Fulton County Library branch, as well as restaurants, retail, offices, luxury apartments, single-family houses, and 2.5 acres of green space. The project is a result of a public-private partnership whose groundwork was laid 15 years ago when the city first set forth its goals to build a true downtown through its LCI program. In the years since, it has worked steadily to create City Center from mostly underutilized commercial spaces around the intersection of North Main Street and Academy Street.   The transformation is dramatic, as the project has replaced an assortment of empty lots and underused buildings with a unified building design that blends seamlessly with the surrounding historic downtown, including a network of bike-ped paths that connect housing to schools, retail, and other amenities. The development is designed around five major green spaces. At its center, the Town Green connects the new City Hall to the restaurants and shops of Main Street.   City Center has attracted a great deal of development, including chef-driven restaurants and residential, retail, and offices — including DataScan, whose headquarters now fill a 26,000 square-foot building.   The development has important green touches, too. Pervious surfaces — which help reduce storm-water runoff — make up more than 10 of its 26 acres. This was accomplished by replacing old streets and parking lots with greenspaces that house freestanding buildings. In addition, pervious materials were installed wherever possible to mitigate storm-water, and an underground system filters storm-water runoff before it reaches the property’s detention pond.   The top award, the 2018 Development of Excellence, went to La France Walk, a residential community in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood that features varied housing options and price points to encourage greater diversity and walkability.   ARC also presented its Great Places Award to The Aerotropolis Area, a dynamic part of the Atlanta region that includes communities around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.   Other awards recognized: the city of Chamblee and Mercy Park senior housing and healthcare facility, and Constellations, a lovingly restored workspace in downtown Atlanta that honors the building’s history and the civil rights legacy of the neighborhood.   This article was first published by Patch on November 2nd, 2018 and was written by Kristal Dixon. To see the article as it was first published, click...

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ARC’s Developments of Excellence Awards Recognize Community-Enhancing Places

Alpharetta City Center is the beating heart of downtown Alpharetta. Its walkable 26 acres are home to Alpharetta City Hall, a Fulton County Library branch, as well as restaurants, retail, offices, luxury apartments, single-family houses, and 2.5 acres of green space.   The project is a result of a public-private partnership whose groundwork was laid 15 years ago when the city of Alpharetta first set forth its goals to build a true downtown through its LCI program. In the years since, it has worked steadily to create City Center from mostly underutilized commercial spaces around the intersection of N. Main Street and Academy Street.   The transformation is dramatic. The City Center has replaced an assortment of empty lots and underused buildings with a unified building design that blends seamlessly with the surrounding historic downtown, including a network of bike-ped paths that connect housing to schools, retail, and other amenities. The development is designed around five major green spaces.  At its center, the Town Green connects the new City Hall to the restaurants and shops of Main Street.   City Center has attracted a great deal of development, such as chef-driven restaurants and residential, retail, and offices — including DataScan, whose headquarters now fill 36,000 of a 45,000 square-foot building.   The development has important green touches, too. Pervious surfaces — which help reduce storm-water runoff — make up more than 10 of its 26 acres. This was accomplished by replacing old streets and parking lots with green spaces that house freestanding buildings. In addition, pervious materials were installed wherever possible to mitigate storm-water, and an underground system filters storm-water runoff before it reaches the property’s detention pond.   This article was first published by the Atlanta Regional Commission on November 2nd, 2018. To read the original posting of this article, click...

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Developer proposes swapping hotel for office building in Sandy Springs, Ga.

A developer wants to change a 14-year-old plan for a project in Sandy Springs to swap a hotel for one of two office buildings.   MidCity Real Estate Partners sees demand for an additional hotel due to the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters and the City Springs mixed-use development nearby the 3.7-acre NorthPlace site at Barfield Road and Mount Vernon Highway, according to a Reporter Newspapers story.   Fulton County approved the original designs for NorthPlace in 2004 before Sandy Springs incorporated. MidCity Real Estate Partners is seeking to have Sandy Springs approve a hotel in place of one of the office buildings, with construction to start next year.   The building site at 6403 Barfield Road is west of Ga. 400 and is adjacent to the Promenade at Northplace condo development. It is located at 6403 Barfield Road.   The original plan was for two multistory office buildings with ground-floor retail. Under the new proposal, one of those buildings would become a 7-story Aloft hotel, a brand owned by hotel chain Marriott.   The footprint is identical, and the only change is the use of one of the buildings, said MidCity executive Kirk Demetrops. Read more here.   This story was originally published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on October 3rd, 2018 and is written by Jessica Saunders. To read the original post, click...

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Hotel proposed for Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road

A 14-year-old plan to bring two new buildings to Barfield Road at Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs has been updated with a proposed hotel.   The original designs were approved in 2004 by Fulton County, before the city’s incorporation. Now the developer, MidCity Real Estate Partners, is seeking to have Sandy Springs approve a hotel in place of one of the office buildings, with construction to start next year.   The 3.7-acre lot sits west of Ga. 400 and is adjacent to the Promenade at Northplace condo development. It is located at 6403 Barfield Road.   There are already several hotels in the area, but Demetrops said MidCity sees demand for another one due to Mercedes-Benz USA’s new headquarters down the street and the new City Springs civic center nearby.   “I believe it will be the nicest hotel west of [Ga.] 400,” he said.   The original plan, under the name NorthPlace, was for two multistory buildings that have office space and retail on the bottom floor. Under the new proposal, one of those buildings would become a 7-story Aloft hotel, a brand owned by hotel chain Marriott.   A hotel is allowed under the city’s new zoning rules, but the developer is to keep the original approval under the old zoning, said MidCity executive Kirk Demetrops.   Demetrops said MidCity is seeking a rezoning under the old rules that would allow a hotel on that lot.   The footprint is identical, and the only change is the use of one of the buildings, he said.   The developer is in discussions with potential office tenants and hopes to start construction on that building at the same time, but the hotel would move forward regardless, Demetrops said. The project has been advertised as available to be custom-built for specific tenants.   The project is scheduled to go before the city Planning Commission Dec. 19.   This article was published by the Sandy Springs Reporter Newspaper on October 2nd, 2018 and is written by Evelyn Andrews. To read the original publication, click...

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