In 2015, Homes Urban, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Davis Property Group, LLC, chose McMillan Pazdan Smith to design a new urban mixed-use and multi-family development near the city center of Athens, Georgia. Consisting of 11 buildings, 126 residential units, and 25,000 SF of commercial space, the site is situated between Prince Avenue, Childs Street, and Pulaski Street.
A mixed-use building on Prince Avenue will feature commercial space, including a prospective grocery, other retail space and the leasing office with residential tenant amenity space. The building will activate Prince by providing ample space for outdoor activities that includes multi-level outdoor plazas for gathering, window shopping, outdoor merchandising, and dining. A bus stop and bike racks will be incorporated into the outdoor plazas to encourage and foster alternative modes of transportation. Exterior materials complement the neighboring Bottleworks industrial building with brick veneer, metal wall panels, rainscreen siding, and wood slat screens.
A mix of housing types will reside within the development, including walk-up garden-style apartments and cottages. The buildings will include varying façades, using cementitious siding and brick with color, texture, and rhythm to “break up” the building scale. They have been designed in context with the surrounding neighborhood, including its transitional architectural style.
Residential amenities will include a swimming pool, an indoor gym, and green space with walking paths. Pedestrian networks will be provided with interconnection points to adjacent streets.