Atlanta’s Disciplined Retail Market Ready to Face Headwinds from REITs, Amazon

A decade ago, the Atlanta retail market was a house of cards. It was clear to see this if you were in the industry at the time, and possibly even if you weren’t. Based on the intense overbuilding that had taken place, it wouldn’t have taken a worldwide economic meltdown to wreck it, though that didn’t help. Literally hundreds of unanchored retail centers had cropped up all over suburbia, fitting directly into everything that people consider to be negative about shopping centers. The..

November 20, 2017

Speak Life Management Breaks Ground on $73.7M Active Adult Community in Metro Atlanta

DECATUR, GA. — Speak Life Management has broken ground on The Holbrook Decatur, a $73.7 million active adult community in Decatur, roughly 10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Slated to open in spring 2019 at 1880 Clairmont Road, the community is situated less than one mile from Emory University. Designed for the 50-plus, active lifestyle market, The Holbrook will feature 71 apartments and offer health- and wellness-focused amenities, including a saltwater pool, positive ion emission and..

November 17, 2017

Legacy Ventures Completes $16M Renovation of Historic Hotel in Downtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — Legacy Ventures has completed the $16 million renovation of The American Hotel, a 315-room hotel operating as a DoubleTree Hilton in downtown Atlanta. Originally constructed in 1962, the hotel has hosted public figures including Elvis Presley, Carol Channing, Jimmy Carter, James Brown, Nelson Rockefeller and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The renovation embraces mid-century modern furnishings and design and includes 60s car-themed headboards and an Airstream trailer serving as the..

November 16, 2017

Nobu Hotel, Restaurant to Headline Phipps Plaza Expansion in Atlanta’s Buckhead District

ATLANTA — Simon has unveiled plans to transform Phipps Plaza, an upscale shopping mall in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, into a mixed-use destination. The additional uses coming to Phipps Plaza include a 150-room Nobu Hotel, 10,000-square-foot Nobu Atlanta Restaurant, 90,000-square-foot Life Time Athletic fitness center and a 12-story office building. The hotel will feature a rooftop pool, conference space and spa facilities, and the restaurant will offer Japanese-style cuisine. Life Time..

November 15, 2017

Brickmont, Sage Equities Break Ground on 137-Bed Seniors Housing Community in Metro Atlanta

ACWORTH, GA. — Brickmont Assisted Living, in partnership with Sage Equities, has broken ground on Brickmont of Acworth, a 137-bed seniors housing community in Acworth, roughly 32 miles northwest of Atlanta. Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group arranged construction financing through Credit Union Business Services for the project. Upon completion, Brickmont of Acworth will include 85 assisted living and 35 memory care units, with an average size of 447 square feet. Units will include..

November 14, 2017

Eye Care Manufacturer Alcon to Invest $97M in Metro Atlanta Expansion

JOHNS CREEK, GA. — Eye care manufacturing company Alcon will invest $97 million to expand its production capacity in Johns Creek, roughly 27 miles north of Atlanta. The expansion will create about 100 new jobs at Alcon’s nearly 1 million-square-foot manufacturing campus, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2015, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the company had created 550 jobs and invested $500 million in the Johns Creek community since 2013. Since the beginning of the growth..

November 10, 2017

Praedium Group Acquires New 298-Unit Apartment Community in Decatur, Georgia

DECATUR, GA. — New York City-based The Praedium Group has acquired Reserve Decatur, a 298-unit multifamily community in Decatur, roughly eight miles east of downtown Atlanta. Atlantic Realty Partners developed the property. The sales price was not disclosed. Constructed in 2016, Reserve Decatur includes one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 620 to 1,555 square feet. Unit interiors feature quartz countertops, nine-foot ceilings, built-in Bluetooth sound systems and green..

November 10, 2017

IT Consulting Firm Expands, Relocates to Bank of America Plaza in Midtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — IT management consulting firm CapTech has expanded its operations and relocated to the Bank of America Plaza, located at 600 Peachtree St. N.E. in Midtown Atlanta. The Richmond, Va.-based company announced its expansion into the Atlanta market in September 2016, creating 50 new technology and consulting jobs. As part of the expansion, CapTech plans to add 50 more jobs by next year. The company leased 6,000 square feet at the building, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle...

November 8, 2017

CREW Atlanta: The Key to Connectivity Lies in Transit-Oriented Development

ATLANTA — When it comes to creating a “connected Atlanta,” experts say the foundation is in building a connected community. At a Nov. 2 luncheon hosted by the Atlanta chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta), representatives from Atlanta’s local transit authority, MARTA, and Dallas-based development firm KDC highlighted projects around the city all centered around a common theme: mass transit. “MARTA has five transit-oriented development (TOD) projects in various..

November 7, 2017

Crescent Real Estate Acquires Westin Hotel in Metro Atlanta for $84.9M

SANDY SPRINGS, GA. — Crescent Real Estate LLC has acquired the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, a 372-room hotel in Sandy Springs, roughly 15 miles north of downtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports a joint venture between Carey Watermark Investors and The Arden Group Inc. sold the asset for $84.9 million. The hotel is located adjacent to the 63-acre Concourse Corporate Center, a 2.2 million-square-foot, Class A office complex in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter office submarket..

November 6, 2017