Neighborhood Groups Back Scaled-Down Beltline Development

The article reports on the revised plans for the Amsterdam Walk redevelopment project on the Atlanta Beltline, which has received approval from two neighborhood associations, featuring a scaled-back mixed-use project with 840 residential units, 150,000 square feet of office space, and building heights capped at 180 feet. The project, led by Portman Holdings, will transform a 10-acre site between Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with implications for urban planning, transportation infrastructure, and local quality of life.

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Neighborhood Groups Back Scaled-Down Beltline Development

Neighborhood Groups Back Scaled-Down Beltline Development

The Morningside Lenox Park Association and Virginia-Highland Civic Association have voted to support Portman Holdings' plans to redevelop the 10-acre Amsterdam Walk site on the Atlanta Beltline. The revised proposal includes 39 zoning conditions that scale back the density and height of the mixed-use project.

Why this matters: This development has significant implications for the city's urban planning and transportation infrastructure, as it sets a precedent for future projects along the Atlanta Beltline. The outcome of this project will also impact the quality of life for residents in surrounding neighborhoods, influencing local traffic patterns and access to amenities.

Portman's updated plans call for 840 residential units, down from 900 in the initial proposal, and 150,000 square feet of office space, a significant reduction from the 400,000 square feet originally proposed. The total development now stands at 1.18 million square feet, with building heights capped at 85, 140, and 180 feet. These changes are expected to decrease daily car trips to the site by 41%, bringing the number down to 2,362.

The Amsterdam Walk redevelopment has faced pushback from residents concerned about increased density and traffic in the area. Some have also criticized Portman Holdings for its opposition to installing light rail transit along the Beltline, arguing that the developer's stance could hinder future transit connections.

Despite these concerns, the neighborhood associations' approval marks a significant step forward for the project. The proposal will now go before NPU-F, the City of Atlanta Zoning Review Board, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, and the City Council for further consideration.

If the rezoning is approved, Portman Holdings expects to break ground on the Amsterdam Walk redevelopment in 2026. The project, located between Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is likely to take several years to complete and will transform a prime Beltline property that has long been eyed for redevelopment.

Key Takeaways

  • Morningside Lenox Park and Virginia-Highland Civic Associations approve Portman Holdings' revised Amsterdam Walk redevelopment plan.
  • The revised plan includes 39 zoning conditions, reducing density and height, with 840 residential units and 150,000 sqft of office space.
  • Building heights capped at 85, 140, and 180 feet, with daily car trips reduced by 41% to 2,362.
  • Project will go before NPU-F, Zoning Review Board, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and City Council for further consideration.
  • If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2026, transforming a prime Beltline property.