Mayor Kasim Reed with renderings of the iVillage project. (Courtesy Invest Atlanta)

The iVillage at MLK, a transit-oriented development made out of repurposed shipping containers, will be created at the H.E. Holmes MARTA Station.

“This shipping-container iVillage is not only the first of its kind in the State of Georgia, it’s another example of how the City of Atlanta supports innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Kasim Reed during the Nov. 18 launch of the project. “This concept is being featured in leading cities such as London, Copenhagen and San Francisco. With the new iVillage at the H.E. Holmes MARTA station, we are leveraging a smart, sustainable idea to expand our commitment to creating new hubs of innovation all over the city.”

Once construction on the project is complete, the iVillage at MLK will provide affordable, transit-accessible retail and office space for small businesses. A total of 14 shipping containers will be used to create around 6,500 square feet of commercial space. The development will also include sizable lawn and deck areas to host public events.

A closer look at iVillage made from repurposed shipping containers. (Courtesy Invest Atlanta)

“I’m looking forward to the day when local entrepreneurs are here every day, bringing their new ideas and energy to this area,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “One day, we hope to see many of the businesses launched take root up and down the MLK Corridor and look forward to working with the community to make The iVillage at MLK a place of pride and purpose.”

Last year, the City of Atlanta was awarded a $10 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help improve MLK Drive. That grant is part of a $22.7 million effort to improve mobility and increase access to transit, employment centers and services along MLK.

Applications will be made available soon for entrepreneurs interested in leasing space at The iVillage at MLK.

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.