New development planned for Mann Mechanical building at Avondale Estates – Decaturish
Avondale Estates, Georgia – A new mixed-use development will arrive at Avondale Estates in early 2022. The $ 5.5 million development named Olive and Pine will include office, retail and catering space in the former Mann Mechanical building on Olive. Street.
The project is a venture between the founder of Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, Steven Chan, the president of Metro Green Construction, Cole Vickers, and Andrew Rutledge and Danny England, principles of the architectural firm Office of Design.
Chan said the main goal of the development is to keep the space affordable for tenants, according to What Now Atlanta.
Olive and Pine offers 25,000 square feet which will be mainly concentrated around a dining room in one part of the building. Developers are still working with potential tenants, who will determine the makeup of retail businesses, said Danny England, director of architectural firm Office of Design.
“We like the creative types,” England said. “I think if we could put together a list it would be kind of creative thinkers and creators so that everyone would feed off the same energy.”
Some examples would be a graphic designer, food vendors, or anyone who makes something. The developing company, 6 Olive Development, will also operate out of space. Creative types fit into the Avondale Estates neighborhood, as Olive and Pine is located across Franklin Street, from the Little Tree Art Studios.
“We’re going through some ideas on how we can work together. We share a lot of the street frontage between their development and our development, ”England said of Little Tree Art Studios. “We kind of want to definitely feed off our neighbors and integrate into the community there. It just makes it a bit more robust. “
Olive and Pine is also located a few blocks from the city’s proposed green project and construction is expected to begin on the site this summer. The city’s green project will include a park and temporary commercial development along US 278 / North Avondale.
“The [Olive and Pine] is a perfect complement to the city’s green project and will only make mixed-use development much more desirable, ”said Shannon Powell, Deputy City Manager.
England added that Avondale is moving from a sleepy neighborhood to a busy little town and he is delighted to be a part of that change.
“You get a few things like that happening and Avondale will be a very different type of place,” England said. “But when you start to add the active component with park space, amphitheater, restaurants and breweries, it could be a fun little town.”
England knew about the building from the time it was first put on the market a few years ago and England has always been intrigued by it, he said.
“It’s a really neat building. He has a great character and good bones. It could be a really fun space to come in and do something, ”England said.
The Design Office has carried out numerous adaptive reuse projects, such as the transformation of a former industrial building into lofts, offices or food halls. He said there were a lot of opportunities in the building for the development team.
“There are large spaces. Each space has its own character, ”said England. “The building was not built at one time. It was added over many years that Mann Mechanical was established there. So every time they added it just feels a bit different. “
The building will remain more or less the same, England said. He added that the exterior will likely change in terms of signage and parking.
“Everyone we bring into space just like it is,” England said. “We’re going for the part to try to keep as much feeling as we can and work with him as is.
Avondale is set to evolve into a more vibrant downtown atmosphere and a bit more buzz, which has made the city attractive to developers, England said. His office is currently located on College Avenue in Decatur, so he was familiar with the area.
The developers are in the permitting process, working on their construction plans and were in lease negotiations with the first round of tenants in early April.
The next most important step for Olive and Pine is to be more aggressive on the rental front to fill the retail space. The developers hope to complete the project by January, possibly sooner, England said.
England are excited to see what the end product will look like and to see the building occupied and in operation. He also looks forward to being “part of something that has that kind of vitality.”
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