According to Curbed Atlanta, what used to be a trucking hub in the Pittsburgh neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta is currently being redeveloped by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a philanthropic organization.
Work started on Pittsburgh Yards in March with the resulting buildings expecting to house tradespeople, artist studios, office space, an indoor amphitheater, five residential units available at 60% of the area’s median income and a small commercial kitchen. The multi use facility is aiming to be an economic catalyst for the area.
Additionally, a large versatile green space is planned for phase one, suited for anything from farmers markets to soccer matches and neighborhood festivals. Two green “pads” near University Avenue will be left as blank slates for employers who might want to build offices or light-industrial hubs on site. A village of shipping containers, housing up to 24 businesses that might sell wares to Beltline patrons, is also in the works.
At least 50 percent of permanent jobs are being reserved for local residents who can walk or bike to work, and Harris says minority-led businesses within a radius of one to three miles are being recruited. Over the next decade or more, the vision calls for a million square feet of space to rise at Pittsburgh Yards. “We’re nervous about predicting the number of jobs, for obvious reasons,” says Keiser of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which will claim phase one space for its own offices. “Come back next summer, and we might be able to [forecast] jobs for phase one.”Read More