Atlanta’s BeltLine Expands with $80M Project

North American Properties has broken ground on the Edge, a mixed-use, mixed-income community that will transform an environmentally contaminated site.

edgeNorth American Properties has broken ground on Edge, an $80 million mixed-use community on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. In partnership with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and The Conservation Fund Partner, the developer is transforming an environmentally contaminated site into the new development.

The residential component will include 350 units. Upon completion, Edge will line both sides of the Eastside Trail, with 29,000 square feet of retail, indoor/outdoor dining, loft offices and a pedestrian bridge over the trail to connect it all.

Out of the residential units, 30 percent will be dedicated to affordable workforce housing for the portion of the property purchased from Atlanta BeltLine Inc. The retail and residential components of Edge will open in early spring of 2019.

Connecting to Atlanta

The Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project that is will ultimately connect 45 of the city’s neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar, and parks. It is based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta.

The Eastside Trail is the first finished section of the Atlanta BeltLine trail in the old rail corridor, and is a combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace. The trail, which was funded by a combination of public and private philanthropic sources, runs from the tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

The groundbreaking event featured street-folk artist and Georgia native Kyle Brooks, creative force behind BlackCatTips, who is known for his illustrations from whimsical roadside installations and his murals on the BeltLine. Art on the BeltLine is thought to be the largest temporary art exhibition in the South, with more than 100 works along the line.