Ottley Road Redevelopment
Following on the success of Ponce City Market, our City of Atlanta Redevelopment Engineering team is providing design services to repurpose 5 buildings along Ottley Drive. Also known as Armour Yards, it is a very different project, but poses similar challenges for our Civil Engineers and Landscape Architects – balancing Storm Water Management solutions with costs and effectively managing Beltline Overlay requirements on an aggressive construction schedule.
The innovative, loft-office design response to the parking requirements has resulted in some challenges for civil/site design to stormwater management requirements. For example, the original design concept for 120 Ottley Drive would have involved land disturbance of more than 35% of the total property. Land Disturbance of 35% or more requires the entire property to be brought up to current stormwater management requirements. The engineering team worked with the developer to help reduce land disturbance to under the 35% threshold. “Because of the reduced site disturbance we were able to reduce the amount of stormwater management required which is a cost effective way to meet the requirements on these urban repurposing projects,” states Jeremiah Phillips, PE, Eberly & Associates Project Manager.
This complex is in the Beltline Overlay District which requires City of Atlanta SAP approval prior to a Land Disturbance Permit. SAP review time can severely impact the project schedule. Our team has worked extensively on projects in the Beltline Overlay district. We understand the design requirements for streetscape, open space and FAR calculations.
225 Ottley was the first project completed in this redevelopment. Currently under-construction are 150 and 120 Ottley Drive. Several other buildings are in the permitting phase. 255 Ottley will be the first to include restaurant space to complement the surrounding office space.