Resolution requests nomination of Pullman Yard buildings as historic site

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 19, 2016
The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

There’s a new effort to have the buildings at the Pratt-Pullman Yards and the buildings there designated as a historic site.

The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization recently voted to support an Atlanta City Council resolution for the Atlanta Urban Design Commission to nominate the buildings and site as historic. According to Creative Loafing, munitions used by World War I soldiers were made at the Pratt-Pullman Train Yard and it was one of the largest employers of blacks in in America in the 1920s. More recently, its served as a set for movies filming in the area, most notably “The Hunger Games.”

There have been proposals to redevelop the site, including plans to turn it into town homes and turn it into multi-purpose fields, office space and greenhouse space.

Atlanta City Councilperson Natalyn Archibong said the City Council passed the resolution. She said a historic site designation would make it more difficult for a developer to demolish the existing buildings.

“The real end game is to preserve our history,” Archibong said. “The hope is the developer, or whoever would come in, would have a proposal to utilize or bring those buildings back into some utility.”

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