Adaptive reuse projects are springing up all over Atlanta, and we couldn’t be happier. While spaces like Ponce City Market are being hailed as the next big thing in the city, we’re proud to have been a part of a project that brought new life to a historic set of buildings long before the adaptive reuse craze began.
When we bought The BuggyWorks complex in East Point, we knew we were doing more than just providing office space near the airport. We were taking a community landmark, one that had stood for over 200 years and furthering its use so that it would become a community benefit. And, that’s why we love adaptive reuse projects so much: it’s not just about preserving the history of an area or creating the next in-demand office space. It balances history and usefulness and we’ve found this combination to be a highly sustainable approach to development.
In the case of BuggyWorks, we took a building that had once been a vital, central employment hub for the East Point community and restore it to its former glory. By renovating and updating the buildings, while prioritizing the historic charm, we created desirable office space, especially considering the proximity to downtown and the airport. But, making BuggyWorks a vital part of the East Point community didn’t end with the renovations. Our stellar property management team worked – and continues to work – with both the tenants and the surrounding community to foster a community that feels more like a family and that is intentional about engaging with the surrounding city and giving back whenever possible. In many ways, the current iteration of BuggyWorks mirrors the building’s original purpose.
The BuggyWorks complex is one of our most unique projects, but not solely because it’s an adaptive reuse development. It remains, to this day, an active community-within-a-community that directly benefits the surrounding neighborhood. To us, this is the ultimate example of striking the perfect balance between history and usefulness, and the complex’s continued success proves the sustainability of that adaptive reuse model.