New Intown Projects

jB+a is proud to be working with Perennial Properties on their newest intown offerings, 755 North and as yet unnamed project at Howell Mill and Brady Avenue.

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755 North will provide 227 upscale units in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood at North Avenue and Somerset Place along the BeltLine.  Construction is underway and the project is quite visible from the surrounding area. Working on a team with Smith Dalia Architects and Eberly & Associates, jB+a designed a pool courtyard that sits above the BeltLine and takes advantage of the western views of Downtown, overlooking the Old Fourth Ward Park.  A second courtyard with a grilling & dining area and bocce court is also planned.  jB+a also provided the streetscape, motorcourt and landscape design for the project.

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A new project on Howell Mill Road will have 230 units and 9,000 s.f. of ground level retail. Bounded by Howell Mill, Brady Avenue and 8th and 9th Streets, the project is adjacent to the Optimist restaurant. The major active amenity area is a rooftop pool deck with entertainment areas including shade structures, cabanas, lounge seating and a grilling area with bar seating.  At the ground level, an interior courtyard provides a more passive activity area with additional grilling, dining and seating areas.  The courtyard is also a component of the stormwater management system and will detain water below its surface. jB+a provided the hardscape and landscape design for the project. The design team also includes Dwell Design Studio and Eberly & Associates.

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Roswell City Green

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The Downtown Development Authority of Roswell Georgia announced plans for an exciting new catalyst project on January 27, 2014 – the City Green.  jB+a, inc. was fortunate to have been selected by the DDA to assist them in developing this concept.  The City Green is designed to reinforce Canton Street as the economic heart of the City and to stimulate new growth and investment in the areas along Atlanta Street/SR-9 south of City Hall. Other communities in the region have made similar investments in their downtown’s and had great success in spurring significant adjacent new development. 

The area between the City Hall and Atlanta Street, an area which is currently wooded, would be converted into a large active space including, an open lawn area, an amphitheater, pavilions, walkways and outdoor meeting space.  “It’s an exciting concept,” said Mayor Jere Wood of the plan. “We’re finally connecting City Hall to Canton Street.” The town green would have a water feature that could double as a stage for events, a shaded outdoor amphitheater, walking paths and plenty of green space. A new building, to be owned by the DDA, is also proposed as a place to house meeting space, restaurant space and concessions serving sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and snacks.

The Faces of War Memorial, which currently stands between City Hall and Ga. 9, and is the site of Georgia’s largest Memorial Day event, would be relocated to an adjacent site on the historic, City-owned Smith Plantation property.  The new City Green is expected to cost approximately $12 million and will be built-out over three phases: the City Green first, then the amphitheater and then the DDA building.  The DDA estimates that this investment of public funds could result in future private sector development and reinvestment in excess of $200 million. 

Check out this article on NorthFulton.com for more information regarding this exciting project:  http://www.northfulton.com/articles-c-2014-02-04-202485.114126-roswell-unveils-town-green.html

Robert W. Woodruff Library Plaza

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jB+a, inc. is pleased to have been selected to assist the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library with the development of an important new plaza and green space adjacent to the Library’s main entrance.  The new plaza will be constructed on a two acre site along the library’s eastern edge on Brawley Drive.  This space will be designed as a gathering space for a variety of individual and small group activities and has the potential to become a major outdoor destination for the entire Atlanta University Center (AUC) campus community.

The Library is beginning the design process by reaching out to students and other key stakeholders to gather input and guidance on how the space should be designed. Should it include outdoor study areas, an events space, or even a meditation garden?  The Library is asking stakeholders “What would you enjoy seeing there? How can AUC students and faculty use the space?”  Already some great feedback has been provided and other ideas are welcome.  They can be sent to: communications@auctr.edu. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

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