Decatur development update: South side of garage to feature mural

Decatur’s Arlo (formerly Trinity Triangle) development is slightly behind schedule according to Kent Collins, principal owner for Centro Development. Apartments should be ready for occupancy by early spring 2016 and the three retailers should open by summer. So far the only named retailer is the city’s venerable Diary Queen, now closed for 18 months.

One feature drawing community criticism is the south side of the parking garage facing East Howard Avenue, about 120 feet long and 40 feet tall.

“The garage didn’t fit on that site unless we exposed [the south side],” Collins said. But he added the city’s planning an expansive mural for that façade, to which Centro will contribute financially, plus the developer will plant trees and widen the sidewalks on Howard, which should re-open in early spring.

The project includes 210 apartments, with 80 percent of those one-bedroom, efficiency or live/work. Collins said he expects to draw young singles, Emory grad students and some empty nesters. He anticipates at most five public-school students living in Arlo.

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