Monday, January 13, 2014

Developers pitch mixed-use plan for Pullman Yard to Kirkwood residents

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Last May, the Georgia Building Authority was expecting to put Pullman Yard, the 26-acre former railcar maintenance facility on the edge of Kirkwood, up for sale. It backed out at the last minute, however, opting to hold off until possibly this year.

Now, Dan Whisenhunt of Decaturish reports, a team of developers is coming forward with its plan for the property that could, if done right, become a destination on the city's eastside.

The Kirkwood Neighbors Organization on Friday night voted to support the developers' plan, provided they do all they could to preserve the property's historic graffiti-covered buildings. Says Whisenhunt who attended the meeting:

"It needs renovation in a way that it becomes the icon" for Kirkwood, [architect Richard Taylor] said.

KNO President Jeff Childers sent along some additional details about the project after the meeting. According to Childers, the project will include:

- 150 townhouses with two common areas

- Each unit will have 3 or 4 bedrooms and cost around $325,000.

- The historic structures will be office and event space with a potential restaurant space.

There have been many plans for Pullman Yard over the years. If the developers' efforts to speak with neighbors is any sign that the GBA is considering moving forward with the sale, we wouldn't be surprised if others, including a nonprofit that's envisioned turning the property into a community center and athletic complex, to speak up as well.

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