The Atlanta City Council voted this afternoon to amend the city’s comprehensive development plan for the 800 Glenwood Ave. property, which will allow the construction of a mixed-use development along the Atlanta BeltLine. The contentious plan for the property has been the source of months of protests and legal wrangling between area residents, the city and Fuqua Development.
Councilwoman Carla Smith – who successfully introduced legislation last summer to retro-actively rezone the property to prevent the development – introduced the new amendment. Residents have been meeting with Fuqua representatives to iron out a compromise for the property, which is currently the home of a concrete plant. Fuqua had originally proposed an all-retail space with a vast parking lot.
The compromise includes hiding the parking area from the BeltLine path with “green screening”, senior housing, a potential nine-story office building, a five story residential building with ground floor retail and a lot for food trucks. The big-box retail store (rumored to be a Walmart) would be hidden from Glenwood Avenue by the residential and street front retail.