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State is selling Kirkwood’s Pullman Yard

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State is selling Kirkwood’s Pullman Yard

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

For years developers have been eager for a chance to develop the Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood, but until recently the Georgia Building Authority hadn’t put it up for sale.

But the building finally went on the market on Dec. 7. The minimum bid for the 27 acre site is $5.6 million, plus an additional $14,285 for the due diligence costs. Sealed bids are due by April 4, 2017.

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According to the bid documents, The Pratt-Pullman Yard – originally farmland purchased in 1904 by the Pratt Engineering Company for a sugar and fertilizer processing plant – was used for munitions manufacturing during World War I. It was purchased in 1922 by the Pullman Passenger Rail Company and used as a rail car service and repair facility. Southern Iron and Equipment Company used it from 1955 to the 1970’s. The facility was closed after the federal court order split up the Pullman Passenger Rail Company. Georgia Power used the facility for its fleet of Trackless Trolleys, a name for electric buses. The Georgia Building Authority bought the property in 1990. It was briefly used as part of the New Georgia Railroad, a dinner train running from Underground Atlanta to Stone Mountain. In recent years, it has become a popular filming location.

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.

To see the bid documents, click here.

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