3 finalists emerge to take awesome, vacant Grant Park Gateway

by Fulton Watch News Feed

Next to Zoo Atlanta, the end could finally be in sight for the Grant Park Gateway building’s long, strange quest to find an actual use besides looking really cool.

For the second time since the City of Atlanta took ownership of the architecturally striking building, the Department of Parks and Recreation issued a Request for Proposals in February to solicit ideas for the large retail space, which overlooks the LEED-certified parking garage’s green roof and downtown beyond.

Now, at last, three potential suitors are on the line.

Atlanta City Council member Jason Winston, whose District 1 covers Grant Park, tells Urbanize Atlanta the parks department has received three official bids from companies. Their concepts could become the first tenants since the structure was completed nearly three and ½ years ago.

The 2.5-acre park space in relation to the restaurant structure. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

According to Winston, the three finalists are listed as:  

  1. Savi Provisions, LLC

This bidder is well-known. Started more than a decade ago in the heart of Inman Park, Savi Provisions is a gourmet market and grocery known for its wine selection and organic foods. It now counts locations in North Carolina and 16 stores in metro Atlanta, spanning from the city’s airport to Howell Mill Road, Decatur, and Brookhaven to the Crabapple district up in Milton.

The nearest Savi outpost to Grant Park remains the original one in Inman Park, roughly two and ½ miles away.

  1. Terminus Commercial Real Estate Partners, LLC

This is an Atlanta-based CRE firm that focuses on intown real estate, though many of the company’s current retail space listings and projects are north of the city in places like Chamblee and Roswell.

Past deals have included buildings on Krog Street in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward (the property that became Ammazza Pizza), in addition to the Grant Park retail building on Boulevard that’s home to Ziba’s Restaurant and Wine…

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