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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2016
City of Atlanta Celebrates Launch of Atlanta Design Studio
Future-focused design lab launches with Ribbon Cutting and Open House
ATLANTA –Mayor Kasim Reed, Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane and Jamestown LP CEO Matt Bronfman joined city leaders and community stakeholders today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ponce City Market to celebrate the opening of the Atlanta City Studio. The Atlanta City Studio is the first pop-up urban design laboratory focused on shaping the future of city neighborhoods. The event provided the public with its first opportunity to meet the City Studio project team and experience the space, which includes rotating exhibits about Atlanta neighborhoods and innovative urban design concepts. The studio will also serve as a way to connect Atlanta’s diverse communities.
“The City of Atlanta is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the creation of the Atlanta City Design Studio will be critical to assisting us in planning for our City’s future,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “We intend to give Atlanta residents and stakeholders from all across the city the opportunity to share their ideas and interact with our team, which will help us make the City of Atlanta the best possible place to live, work and realize your dreams."
The Atlanta City Studio will remain at Ponce City Market for six months, after which it will relocate twice per year so residents across the City can experience the interactive and innovative concept. It is designed to serve as a space for incubation and collaboration where visitors, residents, design professionals and curious urbanists can connect. The pop-up space be staffed by a team of City planners, architects and transportation professionals and will host lectures, book talks, film series, open forums, urban art presentations and other neighborhood and design components.
“This is as much about people as it is design,” said Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane. “The Atlanta City Studio will help manage the design elements of our changing city experiences, and community engagement and involvement will be an integral part of this process."
“At Jamestown, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the fabric of the cities we invest in with project like Ponce City Market that reinvigorate neighborhoods and provide opportunities for jobs and community,” said Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown LP. “Working with the City of Atlanta has always been crucial to the success of Ponce City Market and we are excited to continue that partnership.”
About the Department of Planning and Community Development
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and grow the City of Atlanta by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all and protecting the public health, welfare and safety of its citizens through smart design, strategic development and purposeful preservation programs.
About Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is a historic mixed-use community hub focused on artisanal food, fashion, residential lofts and tech office. Ponce City Market combines 259 residential flats with approximately 550,000 square feet of Class-A loft office space and 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants including Dancing Goats Coffee Bar and the recently opened Binders Art Supplies, Suzuki School and General Assembly as well as a Central Food Hall. The Central Food Hall features Anne Quatrano’s latest concept, Dub’s Fish Camp, Botiwalla, an Indian street food eatery by the owners of Chai Pani and Linton Hopkins’ H&F Burger, among others. National anchor retail tenants include The Frye Company and West Elm. The evolution of Ponce City Market focuses on preserving the building’s historic character and enhancing its connection to the surrounding community. Ponce City Market also boasts a pedestrian bridge which links the interior courtyard and public market directly to Atlanta’s popular BeltLine. For tours and more information, go to http://www.poncecitymarket.com.
Jamestown, L.P. was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States. Over the last 33 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $11.1 billion of assets under management. Jamestown’s capabilities include: acquisitions, capital markets, property management, asset management, retail leasing, design, sustainability and risk management. Jamestown has headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY and additional offices in Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit www.jamestownlp.com.
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