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Ponce City Market Driving Towards a 2014 Finish

When it’s completed in 2014, Ponce City Market will consist of 1.1 million square feet of retail, office space, and residences, including a 50-60,000 square-foot market space.

Ponce City Market exterior. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Ponce City Market exterior. Credit: Hunt Archbold
The recent news that Atlanta mass email marketing service MailChimp will relocate from the westside and take over more than 100,000 square feet of Ponce City Market (PCM), means that the majority of the 450,000 square feet of office space has been filled at the $180 million redevelopment project.

Situated at the eastern edge of the Old Fourth Ward and within a short walk to the Midtown, Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland neighborhoods, the metamorphasis of the old City Hall East building at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Glen Iris Drive continues to evolve in anticipation of its 2014 opening.

When it’s completed, it will consist of 1.1 million square feet of retail, office space, and residences, including a 50-60,000 square-foot market space where chefs and local producers will come together to create a spirited and lively atmosphere akin to Seattle's Pike Place Market.

Take a peek at this video showing the vision for the interior.

With 2014 just a few weeks away, soon commercial units will open at PCM, followed by residences and retail in the fall at the former home to a Sears & Roebuck distribution and warehouse center. Sears discontinued operations at the building in 1986, and four years later the City of Atlanta bought the massive building, which was originally developed in 1926.

Because of its size, only about 10 percent of the facility was ever in active use by the City, which sold the site to Jamestown Properties for $27 million in July of 2011. And now nearly three decades since it was fully functional, the Ponce City Market building is on the verge of a grand revival. How cool is that?

With the project's anticipated completion in the new year, how excited are you to experience and explore the revitalization and redevelopment of this long-standing component of Atlanta’s architectural framework? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

kelli rose December 11, 2013 at 07:09 AM
PCM will be fabulous ... How will all the additional traffic be handled ...
kelli rose December 11, 2013 at 07:09 AM
PCM will be fabulous ... How will all the additional traffic be handled ...
Evan Zinner December 11, 2013 at 09:25 AM
I'm guessing a lot of people will be biking to it. It is situated on the beltline and Ponce which now has bike lanes.
Chris H December 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Its main entrance for cars is on North Avenue which is not near as congested with traffic as Ponce. And yes, a ton of people will bike and walk to this. I will always bike there and never drive. It's going to be amazing!
carylsmith December 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Are the Ponce City Market and the Krog Street Development competing for the same purveyors and customers?
Chris H December 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM
@carylsmith, Krog Street Market is geared toward food, while Ponce City Market will be more retail/office. But they will have some food/restaurants too. I think they will complement each other just fine.
Karen Wilbanks December 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Having toured it some time ago, I'm so excited to see this wonderful development come to fruition. It will enhance the whole area around it and be an exciting new attraction for residents and visitors alike. What a fantastic transformation of the old building that would have otherwise been a blight on the city. Thank you, Jamestown! And they designed a ramp for direct bicycle access into the building from the Beltline, a special bike parking area, and a bike shop inside for equipment, repairs, etc. Such thoughtful and creative planning.

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