Georgia Tech has named developer S.J. Collins Enterprises for its $140 million mixed-use project in west Midtown that will consist of at least 100,000 square feet of loft office space, 70,000 square feet of retail, 275 residential units, and a boutique hotel, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Fairburn-based S.J. Collins has recently built Whole Foods anchored projects in Chamblee and Decatur. The new venture with Georgia Tech will rise on 9 acres at the corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill Road, near the trendy Star Provisions development.
“For now, we have a blank canvas to develop this site, but we also know we want to maintain the industrial elements of this area,” said Jeff Garrison, partner at S.J. Collins. “We can maintain the character in the way we design the project and in the tenant mix.”
The developer will be reaching out to neighborhood groups around the site to get their input on the project. Groundbreaking is expected in the second or third quarter of 2018.
In its request for proposals for the site, Georgia Tech required loft office space aimed at tech startups transitioning out of Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures incubators, as well as affordable housing aimed at graduate students, junior faculty and researchers.