Construction under way for Sams Crossing development


Dirt has been dug up and a couple of buildings have been demolished to construct a multi-use development in Avondale Estates.

A week after Avondale Estates officials announced Jan. 11 that South City Partners closed on the property at Sams Crossing and East College Avenue, construction crews begin work to build the future development.

The development, which will be built on 3.17 acres, will feature approximately 8,000 square feet of podium retail/restaurant space on the ground floor, approximately 197 residential units in four stories above, a gateway park—which will preserve the mature trees—a rear parking deck with additional on-street parking and sidewalks and street trees to enhance the pedestrian experience.

“Their mixed-use project will be handsome and welcoming edifice at our western gateway and an inspiring catalyst for our entire central business district,” Mayor Jonathan Elmore previously said. “I am incredibly proud of the collaborative effort of our downtown development authority, our city manager and staff, and the board in working with South City Partners to arrive at this point. We all look forward to seeing this important project being built and a future ribbon-cutting. The South City Partners, I would like to say great job and welcome to our community.”

A thrift shop, restaurant and auto shop that were previously on the land were demolished to construct the development. The project is a part of the city’s efforts to redevelop it central business district and the city. The property is within the Western Gateway area from Maple Street to Sams Crossing, which was annexed into the city.

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months.

The city’s 2014 downtown master plan community planning activities and the final downtown master plan document approved by the board of mayor and commissioners included plans for the redevelopment and enhancement of the entrance to the city.

Although the Avondale MARTA Station is right outside the city’s limits, motorists will soon see another development outside city’s western gateway in Decatur.

Construction is also under way at the MARTA station for another mixed-use development project. The 7.7 acre Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at the Avondale Station a pedestrian-friendly environment that will include office space, dining, entertainment and retail options, according to MARTA.

The commercial district, a central plaza with ample sidewalks and greenspace, will join the collection of mixed-use housing units providing affordable independent living for seniors, more than 300 market-rate apartments and condominiums, according to MARTA.

That project is expected to be completed in two years.

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