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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