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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2016
Mayor Kasim Reed Celebrates the Groundbreaking of the Moores Mill Shopping Center
The new development will create jobs, bring amenities to the Northwest Atlanta community
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed celebrated the groundbreaking of the Moores Mill Shopping Center with Jodie McLean, CEO of project developer EDENS, Herbert Ames, Vice President of EDENS in the Southeast and Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta in a ceremony held yesterday. EDENS will make a $95 million investment in the shopping center, which will include a Publix grocery store and 9,000 square feet of retail space in its initial phase. The development is projected to create up to 200 construction-related jobs and as many as 300 permanent jobs.
“This groundbreaking marked a great day for the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “Through the City’s collaboration with EDENS, Invest Atlanta and the U.S. Congress, we are able to move forward on this important project, which will bring $95 million in investment to this corridor now, and additional investment for decades to come.”
EDENS expects to open the initial phase of the development in June 2017. In addition, EDENS will donate $100,000 to fund improvements to Sara J. Gonzalez Park, located adjacent to the Moores Mill shopping center. The park was named in honor of Sara J. Gonzalez in 2009, following her death in 2008. Gonzalez was a pillar in Atlanta’s Hispanic community for more than two decades, and the park is the first in Georgia to be named after a Hispanic leader.
“This project took a lot of collaboration and dedication. EDENS is grateful to everyone who helped get us to this day, Mayor Reed, Councilmember Moore, our partners and most especially this community. We are excited for the path ahead and the neighborhood we will build together,” said Jodie McLean, CEO of EDENS.
The City of Atlanta will work in partnership with EDENS to complete the Moores Mill Road extension, which will alleviate traffic issues at the intersection of Moores Mill and Bolton roads. Invest Atlanta has allocated $500,000 of funds through the Perry Bolton TAD for the road extension.
“Invest Atlanta is dedicated to supporting catalytic projects that stimulate vibrant and viable communities,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “The Moores Mill project is a great example of such an investment. This project supports not only a sustainable community but also promotes economic growth, improves residential – retail options and provides for new employment opportunities.”
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