The renderings by S9 Architecture show the Exchange Building, the mall’s former food court, as smaller buildings surrounding an open-air plaza. The new Kenny’s Alley will connect with Central Avenue and feature new restaurants and the permanent Masquerade nightclub space. Alabama Street, meanwhile, will feature on-street parking and light traffic, the designers said, to “de-mall” the space.
Alabama Street will be “de-malled” with light traffic and on-street parking. Source: S9 Architecture
In November 2016, the Masquerade nightclub moved to Underground as a temporarily location, but that became permanent under a long-term lease.
In October, WRS announced its design concept of splitting Underground into four blocks to be built in four phases:
- Block 1, at the northwest corner of Pryor and Upper Alabama streets, includes a hotel, office space, retail and housing and is planned as the final of the four blocks to be redeveloped.
- Block 2, on the adjacent northeast corner, is planned for student housing with street front retail.
- Block 3, the current portion under development at Central Avenue and Alabama Street, includes the Masquerade, co-working office space and retail.
- Block 4 will include additional retail.
VIDEO: Previous coverage on this issue
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston got an exclusive interview with Mayor Kasim Reed about the sale.
MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.
AJC Business reporter J. Scott Trubey keeps you updated on the latest news about economic development and commercial real estate in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:
Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to myAJC.com.