It’s hard to keep up with the apartment projects in the vicinity of Historic Fourth Ward Park. And you have to wonder what traffic will be like in that vicinity if it doesn’t get a streetcar right soon.
JLB Partners has filed for a construction permit at the corner of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Glen Iris Drive. “The developer would add about 270 units in a five-story project,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported today.
Just a quarter mile east, the corner of Ralph McGill and Ashley Avenue, North American Properties is seeking rezoning for a 250-apartment mixed-use project, according to Curbed Atlanta.
Notably, plans include a 4,400-square-foot restaurant or retail space, with a sizable patio overlooking the park’s southernmost meadow. The development would hug a three-level parking garage with an amenities courtyard on top of that. At least some of the ground-level units would be walk-ups. And they’d be competing with more than 2,000 apartments proposed, under-construction or opened in recent years within a few square blocks.
Among those new units are: a recently announced complex to be nestled between the park, the Beltline and the Masquerade nightclub; the under-construction BOHO4W; the soon-to-be completed 755 North, on the other side of the Beltline from Masquerade; and the recently open AMLI Ponce Park, on the other side of the park from Masquerade. Plus, of course, there’s Ponce City Market itself, which will begin renting out its 259 units next year.
Developers obviously feel there’s plenty of demand for all those apartment in a convenient in-town district within walking distance of so many amenities. But what happens when all those new residents want to go somewhere else?
Something tells me North Avenue, Ponce, Ralph McGill and Boulevard/Monroe will have a hard time handling the traffic. This is where that transportation sales tax that voters rejected two years ago would’ve come in handy. Not only would it have funded transit along the Beltline, but its project list included a streetcar connecting the Beltline to the North Avenue Marta Station.