MARTA is moving forward with a plan to develop a mixed-use tower atop the North Avenue station in Midtown. Real estate investment and management firm JLL has officially launched the marketing for a  Transit Oriented Development (TAD) for the 1.5 acre site at Ponce de Leon Avenue, West Peachtree Street and North Avenue. A JLL team comprised of Scott Cullen, Mark Lindenbaum, and Jeremy Becker are handling the marketing, developer selection and transaction process for MARTA. “MARTA has considered TOD at this station for several years. We have a lot of faith in the long-term momentum of Midtown and are pleased to make this site available for development,” said MARTA’s Jacob Vallo. According to a media statement, JLL  “aims to secure a developer for a signature tower project with direct multi-modal connectivity to MARTA’s rail and bus network. The site is within blocks of Portman’s CODA and Anthem projects and the Norfolk Southern headquarters.” For more about the project, visit

The Ardent Companies, an Atlanta-based real estate investment and asset management firm, has purchased three industrial buildings at 279 Ottley Drive, 221 Armour Drive  and 219 Armour Drive to create loft office space in the burgeoning Armour Yards district. Michael Anderson of Cresa Global, Inc. represented The Ardent Companies in this transaction of the buildings, which have a combined total of nearly 113,000 square feet of space.

Eleanor’s Place

Atlanta’s female professionals, entrepreneurs, working moms and stay-at-home moms have a new shared workspace in Buckhead, designed specifically with them in mind. The first co-working, social space of its kind in Atlanta, Eleanor’s Place is a space for members to work, relax and collaborate without the distractions of everyday life. The space includes a reception area, living room, kitchen, co-working area, first lady’s office, private booth offices and a conference room – all crafted and developed for women. Those interested in membership can visit

Alkaloid Networks has been recognized as a winner of the Coworker Members’ Choice Awards, which is determined by thousands of co-working space members and users worldwide. Alkaloid, which is located in the historic Virginia Cotton Docks building on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, opened in 2015, offering 4,000 square feet of space, and in 2016 and 2017, expanded to more than 14,000 square feet.

After an extensive search led by its board of directors, We Love BuHi has selected Lily Pabian as its new executive director. We Love BuHi is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create connections within Buford Highway’s multicultural communities through storytelling, art, and design. Pabian joins We Love BuHi with 25 years of successes within B2B, B2C, and nonprofit organizations

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.