Published on September 8th, 2016 |8
Camden moving forward with 2nd apartment project, to face Roswell Road
Camden brought an entourage to the Sept. 7 meeting of the Development Review Committee for Special Public Interest District 9 to present the plans and ask for a few minor variances before applying for a Special Administrative Permit to begin construction.
Bob Vance, of Kimley-Horn consulting firm, set the record straight from the beginning of the presentation that this was not “phase two of Camden Paces Apartments—it is Camden Buckhead—and “it has a very different look and feel from Camden Paces.”
With the development of Camden Buckhead, there will also be a couple of noticeable Buckhead roadway changes involved. Paces Ferry Place will be continued from within the Camden Paces development to intersect with Roswell Road directly across from the present Gramercy apartment complex. An active traffic signal will be installed at that location as part of the project.
Also, Cains Hill Place will also be continued across East Andrews Drive to connect with Roswell Road north of where East Andrews now connects with Roswell. This half-moon new roadway will serve to form the final parcel that Camden will develop in the future as a mixed-use project.
Kevin Reynolds, of Niles Bolton Associates, explained that all of Roswell Road will have new sidewalks and tree plantings to Andrews Drive and all of the streetscaping will be in compliance with SPI-9 specifications.
Architect Brian Ward told he SPI-9 DRC members that he had been looking at designs of buildings in Brooklyn (NY) to come up with the urban design for Camden Buckhead that would be
distinctive and different from the southern traditional red brick style of Camden Paces.
Each of the two buildings will be nine stories tall and will have terrace frontages on Roswell Road. The combined two buildings will have 234 one-bedroom units and 131 two-bedroom units with penthouses on the top floors of the two buildings.
Price point for the units will be $2.20 per square foot. Total size of the project is 470,000 square feet, with resident parking being under the residential units in each building.
“We are working to make sure that the buildings have some articulations,” Ward explained, “creating more of an urban style.” Several members of the committee praised the style of the buildings, “because they are not the same cookie-cutter style buildings we see coming through here every time.”
One of the key challenges to construction is that the typography of the land drops off dramatically at the back of the buildings and there is a stream that runs through the property in that area, which Camden plans to enclose with a culvert.
The DRC members suggested a few changes to the façade of the buildings to make them comply with SPI-9 regulations without requiring additional zoning variations, which were agreed to on the spot by Camden’s representative Chad Weaver, who is in charge of the company’s southeast region operations.