Iconic, distinct markets color great American cities—from Seattle’s vibrant Pike Place Market to the diverse sensory experience of Washington D.C.’s Eastern Market and Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. With the imminent erection of The Beacon, Atlanta is poised to join the fold next. The Beacon is set to offer numerous shopping, dining, and cultural experiences to Grant Park denizens as well as visitors looking to marinate in the unique community the city facilitates. Best of all? The $20 million revitalization project will sit along the exciting, forthcoming Southside BeltLine Trail, sure to catalyze the stretch into a major lifestyle destination in the Southeastern United States.
The Beacon project is set to transform six former industrial buildings into the keystone of nine walkable acres suited for a family jaunt or girls’ night out alike. Call it a “layered neighborhood experience,” because that’s what it is—110,000 square feet of both day and evening activities to sate any cultural craving.
The first layer of development ushers in daily conveniences to the neighborhood, including fitness facilities, centers for child care and enrichment, a chiropractic and wellness center, both nail and hair salons, a market and bakery, and a massage parlor. Over time, work spaces—like loft-style offices as well as creative studios for local artists and artisanal food and beverage production facilities—will become available to lease, made even more inclusive with perks such as nearby eateries hawking a variety of food and beverage options.
Set to complete in late 2017, The Beacon will also light up when the sun goes down. Kid-friendly restaurants and foodie havens alike are slated to open doors, as well, coming alive at night.
"The overall feel of The Beacon Atlanta is more typically European,” says Pellerin. “It’s a cultural center and a place where artistry comes to life. I want families to enjoy dinner and a night out, and for it to be a special place to bring a date or out of town guest.”
Most tenants are local businesses with successful locations elsewhere in the city, with several signed tenants having a global reach within their industry.
“I am passionate that this project not only revitalize an almost forgotten part of the neighborhood, but that it also provide a venue for a curated blend of businesses to grow,” says Pellerin.
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