New office buildings are crucial if the south side is going to draw the kinds of tenants that are now heading to North Fulton with large numbers of employees in tow, said Pam Smith, president and CEO of Smith Real Estate.
There are simply too few office space options for corporations that would consider locating on the south side, Smith
added, and even fewer near the Lakewood site.
Smith's research shows no class A office space in the immediate area around Lakewood and about 400,000 square feet of class B space, with almost no space available.
Plus, many times the people working in lower-paying jobs (call centers or processing operations) in North Atlanta are commuting from the south side, Smith
Locating on the south side might help those companies retain employees, she
The project would start with a four-story, 100,000-square-foot office building (containing 10,000 square feet of retail) and all 180 apartments.
A second office building would hinge on the success of the first.
hopes the project can be kicked off in the spring.
Ensuring affordable housing