College Park project
The Pad on Harvard—a mixed-use project hoping to capitalize on ITP migration and recent investment around Atlanta’s airport—is College Park’s first new mid-rise project in four decades.
“In the airport area, great strides in noise reduction technology [such as extra-thick insulation and triple-pane windows] now make residential and commercial development possible in areas that were previously unfeasible,” says Rod Mullice, a partner with Air Realty, which is teaming with H.J. Russell & Co. on the development.
The Harvard Avenue project’s initial phase of 109 apartments topped out in July at five stories, in anticipation of October move-ins. Phase II should break ground this fall, adding a hip Aloft Hotel. Expect 147 more rental units.
The Pad’s first apartments are about 400 feet from MARTA’s College Park station, which is one stop from the airport and a 15-minute ride to downtown.
With rents starting at $1,150 for studios (580 square feet), developers say the Pad will save renters hundreds a month over hot neighborhoods like Midtown. All units are equipped with Google Fiber, and the property boasts a rooftop lounge. Nearby businesses include Bond Organic Market, Paper Plane Gallery, and Tony Morrow’s BBQ.