Published on October 21st, 2015 |2
PollackShores plans another Pharr Road apartment/retail project
The plans, as presented Oct. 7 to the Development Review Committee of SPI-9 (Special Public Interest district), call for 298 residential units—primarily one- and two-bedroom—accounting for
281,465 square feet of space, with ground-level retail space of 7,740 square feet.
The exterior of the building will be a mixture of brick, glass, metal panel, wood slats, and stucco. The top level of the structured parking serves as an open air courtyard and will contain a swimming pool.
The presentation to the SPI-9 DRC was made primarily by The Preston Partnership’s Tim Williamson and principal Robert Preston, with PollockShores being represented by Noah Randall and Michael Blair as applicants.
Williamson described the project by floors for the members of the DRC starting from the basement level, which would include a loading dock with three bays, trash room, parking for retail staff and shared parking for adjacent office building (shared parking agreement) and all back-of-house service areas (generator room, main electrical room, maintenance, etc.)
The ground level would include approximately 7,740 square feet of retail area, the leasing office, three residential liner units (along North Fulton
Drive) and retail and residential parking.
Levels two through four would include parking for residential units and 15 liner residential units each floor.
The fifth floor, which is the amenity level, would include 36 residential units, approximately 5,000 square feet of double-height amenity space and approximately 12,700 square feet of open-air courtyard and swimming pool deck.
Residential Levels six through 11 would include a total of 244 residential units in a U-shape formation around the open courtyard below. The roof level would then include mechanical equipment and the elevator equipment room.
The project is required by the city to have a minimum of 546 parking spaces, but requested a variation to reduce the proposed minimum by 56 spaces to a total of 490 spaces. The development plans to share parking on the bottom level with the office building next door to the property.
The applicant said a parking study to prove the proposed parking is adequate is in process and will be completed prior to the SAP (Special Administrative Permit) filing. The committee withheld recommendation on this variation request until the parking study is provided.
The DRC members did have a few recommendations for the applicants that included:
The parapet wall of the parking deck on the south and east elevations needs to be solid to screen the headlights.
The committee recommends the applicant revise the designs to enhance the resident entrance driveway on the North Fulton side of the development.
The committee recommends the applicant join Livable Buckhead in the multifamily category at the Champion Level upon issuance of the land disturbance permit.
The Development Review Committee does expect to see the parking study for this proposal, however, does not need to see the overall plan again unless significant changes are made to the plans that require more variations or the city staff requests additional input from the DRC.