Building Boom on Peachtree

If you spend any time on Peachtree Boulevard in recent months, you cannot help but notice one of Greater Atlanta’s biggest building booms. From Town Brookhaven north to Chamblee, huge swaths of land are being developed into housing, commercial/retail construction and mixed use sites combining low rise apartments with ground floor business spaces.

 

One of the oldest and most successful developments has to be Town Brookhaven with its large “anchor” stores in Costco and Publix. Grouped on the first floors are a wide range of restaurants, shops, bars, coffee houses and a multiplex theater. Over recent years, the number of residential units there has grown to over 900 and just across Peachtree are the 750 apartment units of the Post development.
Much of Town Brookhaven was planned and begun before the great recession stalled growth in almost all areas, but that has become a thing of the past if judged by the newest growth in the Peachtree corridor just to the north. Clustering next to Oglethorpe University are the Sanctuary and the impressive gray granite Gables resi-dences. The Gables with 325 units gives Oglethorpe students the option to live in private apartments and still sat-isfy their campus residency requirements. The University even has six classrooms in the development.
In the area where Brookhaven and Chamblee merge or share a boundary around the intersections of Johnson Ferry, Clairmont and Peachtree, growth is even more outstanding. With 41,000 households within three miles of these intersections, the area was already ripe for commercial development and that began with the large Walmart shopping center just north of Clairmont several years ago.

 

In addition, there is the new Peachtree Crossing shopping center in the triangle of land across from Lowe’s. Although this center doesn’t have apartments, the massive Park-view on the opposite side of Peachtree and just north of Johnson Ferry might be the largest new mixed use site to be completed in 2017. It will offer easy access to park and fitness trails for the 500 multi-family residential units as well as 14,000 square feet of office space. Restaurants, cafes and shops will fill another 40,000 square feet of ground floor space at Parkview. With all the newest building along Johnson Ferry in Brookhaven, there seems to be no end to the amazing growth of this part of Greater Atlanta.

 

–Dick Funderburke