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Old 12-31-2013, 01:48 PM
Location: Atlanta
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A Poncey Highland resident on Blue Ridge is telling me that there will be some retail development in the parking lot of the Druid Hills Baptist Church on Ponce and Highland. This was news to me but I wanted to see if he was just severly mistaken or if anybody else has heard or read about this. This would be very close to me, and pretty cool if it were true, I was just checking our group of CD contributors to see if anybody else has heard the same.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:03 PM
Location: Atlanta
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Its true!! There are plans in the works for some re-development on the Druid Hills Baptist Church property in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood on our signature intersection! (Ponce De Leon and Highland). This will be a welcome addition to our Neighborhood. Here is the info being shared for our next neighborhood meeting.

"The Druid Hills Baptist Church is planning a mixed-use redevelopment. This will only impact the non-historic portion of the church along Highland, Blue Ridge, and Seminole. The historic church facing Ponce will remain. The general membership will be able to hear the plans and vote whether to approve their consolidated rezoning application.

If you live north of North Ave. on Blue Ridge, Seminole, Cleburne Terrace or North Highland, please contact Edward Holifield at edward@edwardholifield.com ASAP to participate in a courtesy preliminary meeting with the applicant."
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:40 PM
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First Look: Condos, Retail, Offices Bound for Poncey-Highland - Development Du Jour - Curbed Atlanta

A lively section of Poncey-Highland could be shedding a surface parking lot soon. Developers tell Curbed Atlanta they plan to break ground in January on a project called "675 N. Highland" next to historic Druid Hills Baptist Church. It could be the first post-Recession condominium development in Atlanta to offer more than a couple of dozen units — in addition to 12,500 square feet of street retail and 7,500 square feet of offices. While the project is in nascent stages, it promises to be "a beautiful new product that this area has not seen for quite some time," said David Tufts, president of The Marketing Directors, which is partnering with Joe Laster of Abraham Properties on the project. Plans call for up to 124 condos...
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:07 PM
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Brace for Big Changes on Poncey-Highland Church Land - Breaking News - Curbed Atlanta

Fences are up:

Developer Joe Laster said he and Abraham Properties officially closed on the land for the project last Friday, the same day chainlink fencing went up around the property. Plans for the building permit were submitted Wednesday.

Some asbestos removal and demolition work began earlier this week, and grading and utility work is slated to begin, roughly, in mid-March.

The project — which will rise along North Highland, Blue Ridge and Seminole avenues, across from Flip Burger — will feature "125 high-end residential units." Laster said they're purposely not committing to words like "condo" or "apartment" just yet.

Below those so-called "residential units" will be 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space fronting North Highland Avenue. To be exact, two retail spaces and three restaurants are slated for the strip, with the eateries promising "lots of sidewalk dining." No news yet on tenants. But good news if you're a fan of urban vibrancy.

Around the corner on Blue Ridge Avenue will be 7,000 square feet of "storefront office space … broken up into smaller suites for neighborhood businesses."

Altogether, the Lord Aeck Sargent-designed project likely means the demolition of some church office space, at least two existing homes and some parking lots. (Officials have previously said the development will feature nearly 400 parking spaces).

The goal is for everything to be "up and running" by June 30, 2016, six months later than the original, pie-in-the-sky date of January 2016.

Amid all this, the actual church — which recently turned 100 years old and sold only excess office space, parking lots and other property for the mixed-use project — is using some of the sale proceeds to renovate its main sanctuary building, Laster said.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:29 PM
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Can't wait for this. I live behind buddys gas station, more restaurants!!
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