Developer getting buy-in on Kirkwood project

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 19, 2014
One drawing from a series of concept drawings provided by a developer looking to build apartments in Kirkwood.

One drawing from a series of concept drawings provided by a company looking to build a multifamily development in Kirkwood.

A developer is reaching out to Kirkwood residents before asking the city of Atlanta to rezone property to allow construction of multifamily housing.

Euramex Management purchased 3.3 acres behind Kirkwood Station in November and wants to buy adjacent properties at 1910 Bixby Street. The goal is to turn both into a single multifamily development in Kirkwood’s business district.

Euramex would need the city of Atlanta to rezone the property on Bixby for multifamily, even though it currently has apartments. Those apartments were built before the current zoning code went into effect.

According to concept drawings the company has provided to residents, there would be 290 units total. The average size would be 875 square feet.

To download the concept drawings, click this link: 2014-06-13 Howard Bixby Density Study

Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization member Earl Williamson said he has seen the concept drawings, but hasn’t studied them at length.

“I personally think it’s too dense, but I don’t live adjacent to it or anywhere near the facility,” Williamson said.

Williamson suggests the developer create Planned Development Housing, like Kirkwood’s Hawthorn Park.

“A lot of the units are less than 1,000 square feet,” Williamson said. “I’m not sure what kind of mix they’re marketing to for potential tenants. For that small a unit, you’re not going to be getting much in the way of families and kids.”

Stan Sugarman, a developer who also handles zoning issues for KNO, said any potential rezoning application is still several months away.

“Kirkwood is very excited that the developer has approached us about a redevelopment and we’re looking forward to working with the developer to create a plan that satisfies everyone’s needs,” Sugarman said.

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