The long-dormant High Street appears to be inching forward to becoming a reality, with new land disturbance permit plans recently submitted to the city of Dunwoody and developers saying construction will begin in early 2020.

GID and North American Properties have proposed the $2 billion development on about 42 acres in Perimeter Center. It would total 8 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 400,000 square feet of shopping and chef-driven dining; 635,000 square feet of Class A office space; and a 400-room hotel. A small public park area is included in the central area.

An illustration of the planned High Street massive mixed-use development in Dunwoody. (Special)

The permit plans for the first phase were submitted Aug. 15 and are currently being reviewed by city staff. Land disturbance permit plans have been submitted in the past without action, but city officials say this time the developers seem “serious” about beginning construction. A representative from the developers said construction of the first phase is expected to begin in early 2020.

“They’re making all the right moves,” Economic Development Director Michael Starling said.

“I think they’re serious,” added Community Development Director Richard McLeod.

Starling noted the social media accounts for High Street on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are active in promoting the new development and highlighting local amenities and events, including the Dunwoody Farmers Market, the Dunwoody MARTA station, Dunwoody’s Food Truck Thursdays and bike paths in Brook Run Park.

A video posted to the High Street Instagram account on Aug. 22 includes GID Senior Vice President of Development Jeff Lowenberg touting High Street’s proximity to State Farm and Cox Enterprises as part of the project’s “great placemaking and great urban design.”

The project area includes the 211, 219 and 223 Perimeter Center Parkway office park.

Phase one of the proposed project, according to the plans, includes keeping the 211 building along with its parking deck. The rest of the site, including surface parking, will be razed.

The scope of the first phase is to build four blocks of mixed-use development, parking decks, private internal streets, and stormwater pipes and other utilities.

The development has been zoned for 3,000 residential units, but the first phase shows just one 8-story apartment tower being built with 600 units. The plans for the first phase also include construction of 200,000 square feet of retail, 40,000 square feet of new loft office space and public event spaces, according to a spokesperson for the developers.

This story has been updated with information from the developers, including plans to break ground in early 2020.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.