Written: September 29, 2017

First look at 220-unit Chamblee project

A 220-unit apartment project could speed up plans to make a stretch of Clairmont Road in Chamblee at least a bit more walkable.

The Bainbridge Cos., which is expanding for the first time into the Atlanta market, is proposing the nearly three-acre project at Interstate 85 and Clairmont Road.

The company, based in Wellington, Fla., is primarily known for developments in East Coast markets such as Florida, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

It declined comment about the new project. But, it released images to the Chamblee Architectural Review Board, which meets October 3.

Bainbridge is seeking approval for variances allowing it to develop just under three acres at Clairmont Road near the Century Center Office Park and Interstate 85, according to the proposal submitted to Chamblee.

The property currently includes two vacant commercial buildings. Some of the land is owned by Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the real estate company Highwoods, which owns Century Center.

Long-term, the office park could be transformed into a higher-density

mixed-use node that’s a strong, regional employment center, according to Chamblee’s future development plan.

The Bainbridge Cos. project would also rise within walking distance of the Peachtree Creek Greenway Trail, a linear multi-use path that will one day connect Chamblee, Doraville, Brookhaven and the Atlanta Beltline.

Atlanta’s Niles Bolton Associates is designing the apartment project.


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Darden looks to grow Cheddar’s brand in Georgia

Darden Restaurants Inc. wants to grow one of its newly-acquired brands in Georgia.

Darden (NYSE: DRI) earlier this year acquired Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780 million.

Now, it sees growth potential in the Southeast.

Darden CEO Gene Lee said in a Sept. 26 call with analysts that the company acquired the 11 franchisee-owned Cheddar’s restaurants in Georgia, along with the development rights in Georgia and Alabama.

“This transaction, which closed on August 28, gives us the opportunity to enhance our presence in two states that we believe will have strong growth opportunities for the Cheddar’s brand,” Lee said.

Cheddar’s was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas. Today, it has around 165 locations in 28 states. Its restaurants see average sales volume of $4.4 million, says Darden.


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Grady Memorial Hospital plans $13 million diagnostic center off Camp Creek Parkway

Grady Memorial Hospital Corp. plans to open a $13 million diagnostic center off Camp Creek Parkway inside its new medical office building.

The hospital on Sept. 22 filed plans with the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) to establish a multimodality diagnostic center. The project would require 32,000 square feet of interior build-out.

As Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in April 2017, Grady is opening an ambulatory care center, called Comprehensive Care Center of Camp Creek, on Princeton Lakes Way.

To build the new center, Grady partnered with Ackerman & Co., which has developed three other medical office buildings in the Camp Creek area.

Ackerman Medical founder John Willig in April estimated the building would cost $8 million to $8.5 million.

Grady will need to file a Certificate of Need and gain approval from DCH before beginning work on the diagnostic center.

The new MOB is slated to open in early 2018.

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