Renderings of the redeveloped buildings along Broad Street, above,  Peachtree Street, below, in South Downtown (Courtesy Newport US RE)

Work on the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta is set to start within a month, while plans to revitalize eight blocks of South Downtown have been revealed.

Underground Atlanta in the heart of Downtown will become a mixed-use development featuring a supermarket, residential, retail and office space. According to the SaportaReport, work will begin on transforming the four-block historic area in August when existing  tenants move from Lower Alabama Street to Upper Alabama Street. Those include Foot Locker, Subway, Pandora, Skillz, Best of Atlanta and Kempani. The developers told residents at a recent public meeting that a rumored Walmart will not be part of the project.

Developer WRS said it will adapt the historic buildings that make up Undergound and have hired S9 Architecture, which worked on Ponce City Market and 725 Ponce. The first phase of the transformation could be complete in 18 to 24 months.

Meanwhile, German real estate company Newport US RE is moving forward with plans to redevelop eight blocks of South Downtown’s historic buildings between Underground and Castleberry Hill.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the company has scooped up 25 buildings in the historic area with another dozen under contract. Residential, student housing for nearby Georgia State University, retail, restaurant and office space are envisioned for the area, with construction slated to begin next year.

Along with those two projects, work is moving forward on transforming the Turner Field site into a sports complex for Georgia State with a mixed-use component, and Los Angeles-based CIM Group is trying to shore up the property and parking lots next door to Philips Arena – known as The Gulch – for a mixed-use development.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.