Known mainly for its elaborate office towers, a Houston-based real-estate company has chosen Brookhaven's Ashford Park neighborhood as the location of its first Atlanta residential apartment project.
Hines, arguably one of the world's largest real estate developers, will build a 215- unit development at Dresden Drive and Peachtree Road, according to an article in the Atlanta Business Journal. The company closed on the property in November for more than $5 million.
Ronnie Mayer, president of the Ashford Park Civic Association said he wished the project included additional shops and/or restaurants.
Jim Eyre agreed. He said while he is confident Hines will build a quality product, he is disappointed that the current plans exclude retail and commercial businesses. The more shops and restaurants there are, he said, the more likley pedestrians would support other businesses along Dresden Drive.
"If you’re walking down the block of a city street and see nothing but houses in front of you, do you have a tendency to continue or do you say this is the end of the strip?," said Eyre who is the civic association's vice president. "If there’s something there, it draws people further along the block."
Eyre said the civic group expects to meet with Hines representatives during the beginning of the year at which time more details of the projects aesthetics would be disclosed as the project moved further along in the development stages. The company is required to meet with the group as part of the overlay district ordinance in an effort to keep any new developments in compliance with the Brookhaven LCI, he said.
Calls to Hines had not been returned at the time of this report.