New chair for Clean Air
The Clean Air Campaign, a nonprofit organization committed to improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion, has selected Renay Blumenthal to chair its board of directors. Since 2004, Blumenthal has served as the senior vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, which has focused on transportation issues in recent years.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Renay’s caliber as our board chair,” said Kevin Green, the executive director of the Clean Air Campaign. “Renay has been at the table during many critical discussions about the future of transportation in this region. She understands the issues and realizes that improving mobility requires attention to both supply and demand sides of transportation.”
AIU Buckhead site on market
The building at 3330 Peachtree Road, which until recently housed the Buckhead campus of American InterContinental University, is on the market for sale or lease. Grubb & Ellis executive vice president Tom Miller has been tapped to market the property.
AIU has consolidated the Buckhead campus into its main campus at Embassy Row, 6600 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs.
The prime Peachtree Road property is adjacent to the new 3344 Peachtree office/condo tower, the condo portion of which is known as Sovereign.
In better economic times, the midrise AIU site at 3330 Peachtree might be ideal for redevelopment as an office or mixed-use high-rise tower. But according to knowledgeable sources, there likely will not be any new major office developments in Buckhead for a couple of years.
For now, the strategy may well be to get a lease tenant in the building — probably at a good rate — while Miller seeks out a potential buyer that would be interested sitting on the property for a while before redeveloping it with something larger.
Goff tapped as ULI Atlanta chair
Atlanta real estate veteran John Goff has been named the chairman of Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta District Council. He will lead the strategic direction of the Atlanta land-use and development organization for the next two years.
The senior development executive for Cousins’ Development Group, Goff oversees design and construction for all the company’s complex urban, mixed-use projects, including the company’s Terminus development at Peachtree and Piedmont roads in Buckhead.
Goff is focused on the design and development of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a $120 million museum and conference center dedicated to the ongoing story of the civil rights movement in the United States. He also is leading the effort with Central Atlanta Progress on the redevelopment of a 94-acre former rail corridor in downtown Atlanta into a transit-oriented mixed-use corridor.
Goff said he envisions ULI taking a more visible leadership position on a multitude of issues, including sustainability, work force housing and finance, as well as regional issues, such as transportation, water resources and land use. He also plans to expand ULI’s emphasis on education by focusing on students in the UrbanPlan program and on future leaders in the Center for Regional Leadership Institute.
Fresh Fare sign is changing
The Disco Kroger at 3330 Piedmont Road reopened with a flair in October, sporting a new sign emphasizing Kroger’s moniker for the new concept, Fresh Fare. Now, it seems, Kroger may think it went too far with its signage.
In the outside signage, the words “Fresh Fare” were large and positioned with a tiny “Kroger” nameplate. But Cincinnati-based Kroger has decided to reverse the prominence of the sign, adding a huge “Kroger” sign.
According to a Kroger spokesman, consumer research indicated some customers did not recognize that the Fresh Fare store on Piedmont Road was part of the Kroger family.
Kroger spent $5.5 million transforming the store into a Fresh Fare concept, the first such store in Georgia. The store will continue to focus on organic and prepared foods, fine wines, and rare olive oils, as well as traditional grocery store staples.
Scott Perry joins Eidson Group
Scott Perry recently joined Buckhead-based The Eidson Group LLC to develop new business, focus on corporate office tenant representation and manage the company’s current national corporate accounts. Perry formerly was with CB Richard Ellis’ Atlanta office.
The Eidson Group was founded in 1988 by former Buckhead Business Association President Doug Eidson. The tenant representation firm has offices at Buckhead Centre.