Brookhaven, GA – The design phase for ‘Apple Valley Brookhaven’, an adaptive reuse project located at 2700 Apple Valley Road in Brookhaven’s Industrial District*, is complete.
Originally constructed in 1961, the former BagCraft/Papercon plant sat vacant for a number of years. But now, the building is being given a breath of new life as it is being converted to corporate loft office space for tenants, with a potential for restaurant tenants as well.
With environmental issues mitigated, a portion of the 82,638 SF structure will be reduced by 12,000 SF to make way for a courtyard, outdoor mezzanine, and landscaping.
Stream Realty Partners, who focuses on the renovation of abandoned warehouses, is the developer for the project. Stream’s Project Manager, Bradley Dunn tells The Post this site was selected for multiple reasons:
- There is a void of true loft office in the Upper Buckhead/Brookhaven area;
- The location is walkable to MARTA and [with] significant retail amenities; and,
- The project will be located north of Buckhead to avoid the mall traffic bottleneck
“Luckily, there isn’t much to demolish on the interior of the building,” says Dunn. “These old industrial buildings are mostly open with only a few offices. This makes the interior a blank canvas with high ceilings – which our architects love. We’re going to remove a majority of the exterior walls and replace them with long glass canopies. The exterior walls will be painted and finished with a variety of wood, corrugated steel, and brick.”
Joyce Fownes, Principal and Director of Interiors at Perkins + Will explains, “We are taking down one building to create a courtyard and adding glazing to the facades of the two remaining structures.” She says the interior space will consist of “a lobby, restrooms with showers and an outdoor meeting/gathering mezzanine. The remainder of the space will be finished as tenants would like them to be.”
Fownes adds they will not be seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, but in restoring this site, they will be working in the context of LEED and including green space.
According to Dunn, “Our team is passionate about salvaging Atlanta’s forgotten warehouses, breathing new life into these buildings, and creating something that makes the community proud.” He says with the design phase now complete, they are just waiting on permits from the City to move on the the next phase of the project.
Construction is slated to begin in May, ending in late October of this year.
*Editors Note: The industrialized district, described in the Code of the City of Brookhaven, Chapter 27 – Zoning, is defined as parcel of land zoned for industrial use including property used for light and heavy distribution, warehouses, assembly, manufacturing, quarrying, truck terminals and landfills. Such districts include M-1 and M-2 Districts and include any commercial land uses allowed in M-2. Thus the term – Brookhaven’s Industrial District.
By: Renee Turner
SOURCE: The Post – Brookhaven