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.

Why now?
“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.

Phased approach
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.

All aboard
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.

Southside perks
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.