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Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization votes to support zoning plan for Pullman Yard

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Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization votes to support zoning plan for Pullman Yard

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

By Gabriel Owens, contributor 

The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization on Monday evening signed off on a draft of zoning regulations for the Pratt-Pullman Landmark District.

Pullman Yard become a source of controversy since it was bought by Atomic Entertainment for $8 million. In an attempt to preserve the historic aspects of the site, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission voted to nominate the Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood as a Landmark District in July.

“The Pratt-Pullman Yard is not only unique in its architectural character but it reflects an important chapter in the history of our city. The buildings are emblematic of a time when railroads played a significant role in our city’s growth,” City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong said in a press release at the time. “It is for these reasons that we want to preserve as many of the existing buildings as possible.”

Atomic Entertainment has plans to build an “entertainment district” there that includes a movie studio on the site. There will also be a “digital incubator, music and sound recording facilities, food and beverage concepts and a boutique hotel onsite.”

Adam Rosenfelt, co-owner of Atomic Entertainment, reviews his plans for the Pullman Yard property. Atomic closed on the Pullman Yard earlier in 2017 and plans a mixed-use site, including a film studio, for the historic property.

The UDC, Atomic, and KNO drafted and vetted a 15-page document laying out the parameters of development for the Pullman area, in accordance to the state’s landmark regulations and zoning laws.

The draft includes a series of regulations that Atomic would have to adhere to in development due to the area’s historical nature.  For instance, before destroying any building made out of brick, Atomic would have the demolition reviewed by a zoning board.  Other stipulations include building new structures along the lines of the designs of the historical architecture that remains in place.

Many KNO members wanted more attention on certain particulars of the draft.  One of these items was green zone considerations, including proposal asking the City of Atlanta to purchase the green areas of Pullman from Atomic so as to protect it from development.

The KNO voted to approve the draft 25 to 0, with two abstentions.

Atomic Entertainment CEO Adam Rosenfelt declined to comment after KNO’s decision. The local Neighborhood Planning Unit Will review the zoning plan at tonight’s meeting. For more information about that meeting, click here.

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