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Real Estate Notebook: Greenstone plans Midtown spec office; LeaseQuery expanding – Atlanta Business Chronicle

A developer says it’s “going spec” on a $100 million office building along the Downtown Connector.

The 10-story building, part of a larger mixed-use project called 14th & Spring, could break ground this October, according to Atlanta-based Greenstone Properties.

The mixed-use development would include the 250,000-square-foot office building, 330 apartments and 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail at 1150 Spring St. in Midtown.

The development team this week submitted a special administrative permit (SAP) in Atlanta for the project. Greenstone does not have construction financing lined up yet, said partner Chris Scott.

The architect is HKS Inc., which has an Atlanta office.

There hasn’t been a traditional spec office building built in Midtown this development cycle, although Atlanta developer Jamestown started construction on office space at Old Fourth Ward’s Ponce City Market without first having tenants signed to leases.

Next to Ponce City Market, New City LLC and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management obtained construction financing from Bank of the Ozarks for its office project 725 Ponce to proceed without tenants.

Spec construction has remained limited across Atlanta this cycle.

“It is rare,” Scott said. “We like the size of our building. We feel like it’s more bite-size with institutional investors.”

Crescent Resources is developing the 12-story residential tower. The apartments and office building, both in walking distance of the Arts Center MARTA station, will share a parking deck.

The 14th & Spring project would sit next to a 70,000-square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market that’s now under construction. A selling point to office tenants: the tower would have high visibility from the Downtown Connector.

Arby’s to add more than 200 jobs

Arby’s Restaurant Group is expanding in Atlanta’s central Perimeter, eventually adding more than 200 jobs. Arby’s is relocating its headquarters to the Three Glenlake building, where it will occupy about seven floors.

It follows a Feb. 5 announcement that Arby’s completed the $2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, a deal backed by Roark Capital Group. It will bring more than 200 new jobs to the Arby’s Sandy Springs headquarters and played a role in the company needing more space.

Arby’s signed a 161,000-square-foot lease, a roughly 40,000-square-foot expansion.

It is the second big transaction in the central Perimeter, Atlanta’s single-largest office market, announced this month.

Northside Hospital recently announced it completed a 180,000-square-foot lease with Seven Oaks Co., developer of the 21-story 1001 Summit.

Arby’s will be on the move. It’s relocating from 1155 Perimeter Center West. It would occupy the new space at Three Glenlake in 2019.

For years, Three Glenlake, owned by Columbia Property Trust Inc., has been the headquarters of Newell Rubbermaid. It remains 100 percent leased by Newell Brands, but the company is moving its global headquarters to Hoboken, N.J.

It has agreed to give back approximately 45 percent of the building to accommodate Arby’s relocation.

Arby’s signed a 12-year lease.

A Jones Lang LaSalle team of David Demarest, Brannan Moss and Josh Hirsh represented Arby’s in lease negotiations. JLL’s Kevin Lott, Liz Koteles, Jeff Bellamy and David Tennery represented landlord Columbia.

LeaseQuery expanding again

Few phrases fill American corporations with as much angst as “increased regulation.”

But new accounting standards are playing a role in one Atlanta firm’s expansion.

LeaseQuery, which develops software for companies trying to navigate updated rules, is moving to the top floor of the Terraces, twin 11-story office buildings in Dunwoody.

The accounting firm has grown from just six employees barely more than a year ago to 36 today.

LeaseQuery is on pace to reach 80 employees by the end of this year, said Chris Ramsey, a senior vice president with the firm.

It will lease 12,395 square feet on the 11th floor of South Terraces, which is next to Perimeter Mall and its surrounding retail centers. Those amenities factored in when LeaseQuery decided it would relocate from 1050 Crown Pointe Parkway.

Terraces is also a more central location for the firm.

What’s driving LeaseQuery’s growth are new rules from the Financial Accounting Standards Board that will regulate corporate leases. The rules continue to fix accounting loopholes such as those in the early 2000s that led to the Enron Corp. scandal.

“We’ll see $2 trillion to $3 trillion going on the balance sheet,” Ramsey said. “And it’s not just office space. We’re talking about furniture, equipment — anything that a company leases for 12 months or longer.”

Few companies are prepared to deal with that level of accounting, Ramsey said.

In March, LeaseQuery will move into the new space, where its headcount may approach 100 in the next few years. The firm has an option that will allow it to expand to 20,000 square feet.

Scotland Wright Associates’ Michael Tucker, Scotland Wright and Allie Johnson, along with Mike Davis, are representing LeaseQuery.

Michael Lipton and Emily Richardson with Colliers International-Atlanta are representing Morneau Shepell, which is reducing its space in Terraces.

Downtown draws tech company

A U.S. division of RIB Software SE is moving to downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar District.

The company, whose software is used by the construction industry, is relocating to 83 Walton St., one of the district’s 100-year-old loft office buildings.

RIB is leaving Northpark Town Center in Sandy Springs to be part of downtown’s continued revitalization, which is being led by companies such as Newport US RE, said Philip Covin, with Pollock Commercial Inc. Newport, a German real estate company, plans to invest $500 million in a sweeping redevelopment of south downtown that one day will total 1.8 million square feet in the city’s historic commercial heart. Zeller Realty Group is another important player in downtown Atlanta’s renaissance, especially in the Fairlie-Poplar District, where MARTA, Georgia State University and a re-energized Woodruff Park are catalysts for new investment.

“[RIB] thought this was a good time to move downtown, considering all the activity,” Covin said.

The five-story 83 Walton St. will house about 50 employees of RIB. An affiliate of the company bought the building for $3.2 million. Covin represented the seller, Phase 3 Marketing.

Baker Donelson stays at Monarch

Top 20 Atlanta law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. has leased the top two floors of Buckhead’s Monarch Plaza.

The 50,000-square-foot lease was an early restructuring of an existing leasing agreement between the law firm and landlord Highwoods Properties.

The new deal will keep Baker Donelson in the tower long term.

The firm will reduce the amount of square footage it occupies by almost a half floor, as part of its new lease.

That has become typical in the digital age, and especially noticeable in the legal industry, now that law firms no longer require large support staffs and expansive law libraries.

Baker Donelson was represented in lease negotiations by Savills Studley Vice Chairman Andy Lechter.

The law firm, founded in Atlanta almost 20 years ago, is a long-standing tenant in Monarch Plaza. It considered other buildings as part of its search. But, it chose to get a new deal done now at Monarch Plaza and update its space, which should help it stay competitive as it battles to recruit top talent.

Baker Donelson has almost 70 attorneys in Atlanta and 120 total staff, making it one of the city’s 20 largest firms.

The restructuring is one of the most notable leases so far this quarter in Buckhead, where a few longstanding office tenants in the wealthy Atlanta neighborhood, such as Morgan Stanley, have also recently completed new deals.


An Atlanta real estate broker known for representing landlords is joining one of the city’s growing, boutique tenant-rep firms. Scott O’Halloran has moved to Scotland Wright Associates, a more than 15-year-old Atlanta brokerage. The firm has been involved in notable leasing deals of late, such as The Weather Co.’s relocation to 1001 Perimeter Summit and Reliance Worldwide Corp.’s new 250-employee headquarters in the city’s Upper Westside, the largest lease of a single-story Atlanta loft office building. O’Halloran was previously a principal within Colliers International-Atlanta’s landlord advisory group, where he’d been since 2008. For Scotland Wright Associates, landing O’Halloran allows it to continue bolstering its tenant rep services by bringing over an experienced broker with years of perspective — and relationships — from working with landlords. The firm was launched in 2002 by president Scotland Wright and includes managing partner Michael Tucker. O’Halloran joins as partner. The moves could help the firm reach a goal of doubling revenue over the next five years as it goes head-to-head for big assignments with some of the city’s giant commercial real estate brokerages.CBRE Inc.’s Atlanta office has made a move among its top leadership. Audrey Frey was appointed managing director and occupier services leader. Frey takes the position following two years with CBRE as senior sales director, primarily supporting occupier brokerage. John Ferguson, CBRE Southeast division president, said Frey’s knowledge of the business and unmatched leadership skills led to the move. Frey is a member of the 2018 Leadership CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) class and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.The first renderings have been released of Trammell Crow Residential’s planned new 290-unit apartment project in Avondale Estates. As Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported Jan. 28, the developer is proposing the project on a 4.2-acre site at 2740 E. College Ave. The community would be called “Alexan Gateway” and include 4,900 square feet of retail, according to plans filed with the city. It’s being designed by Dwell Design Studio LLC of Alpharetta. Other team members include Summit Engineering Consultants, Phillips Gradick Engineering, Ellinwood+Machado and B+C Studio. Trammell Crow will join a spate of new residential projects from developers such as South City Partners and a partnership led by Columbia Ventures. The residential units and retail are in walking and biking distance of MARTA.

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North Springs High Announces STAR Teachers, Students

SANDY SPRINGS, GA – From North Springs Charter High School: For the first time in North Springs Charter High School (NSCHS) history, two seniors – Jared Matthew Coffsky and Eric Nathan Miller have been named 2018 STAR Students. To qualify – both achieved the highest SAT score taken at one sitting of all students in their class – each scored 1580 with a perfect 800 in math.

Both are math/science magnet students, 2018 National Merit Semifinalists and among a small group of North Springs’ students finishing their second year of college math (Applied Combinatorics and Differential Equations) at Georgia Tech. Both took AP Calculus as 10th graders and are co-presidents of the Spartan Math Team and members of National Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society and winners of numerous math awards.

Each also has different interests, different college and career plans and selected a different STAR teacher.

Coffsky, 17, son of Amy and Adam Coffsky of Sandy Springs, is co-captain of the Varsity Spartans’ Tennis team which reached the state quarter finals last year. He has been a private math tutor since his sophomore year and has tutored all levels of math, from elementary age through calculus. He has also volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk since middle school. He chose his AP Calculus teacher and tennis coach, Rahim Ghassemian, as the teacher who most inspired him.

Ghassemian, who holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from Iran’s Sharif University, and undergraduate and Master’s degree in math education from Kennesaw State University, has been teaching mathematics at North Springs for the past 10 years and this is the third time he has been honored as North Springs STAR teacher. In addition to teaching, he has spent nearly 35 years translating over 25 books of nonfiction including film history, movies, politics, history and media from English into Farsi.


Coffsky, who will have taken 13 Advanced Placement courses when he graduates, will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology and is planning on majoring in engineering or math.

Miller, 18, son of Drs. Mindi and Scott Miller of Sandy Springs, is a 2018 UGA Ramsey Scholar and a 2017 Governors Honors finalist in math. He is president of Latin Club, a Gold Medal National Latin Exam winner and vice president of North Springs Computer Science Club. He chose as his most inspiring STAR teacher, his Latin teacher, Thomas Henderson.

Henderson, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Latin languages, ancient history, and classical art and archaeology from Florida State University, began the first middle school Latin program in Fulton Schools at Sandy Springs Middle School before coming to NSCHS. He also attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece) and taught in Greece for the FSU International Program. Henderson will have a book on Greek history published later this year.

Miller is undecided about the college he will attend but plans to major in computer science with the goal of becoming a software designer or engineer. Later this spring he will be competing in Future Business Leaders (FBLA) state competition in Mobile App Designs. He is a National AP Scholar and will graduate having taken 15 Advanced Placement classes.

Photo courtesy of North Springs Charter High School

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At Issue: Should all schools offer distance learning during snow days?


Snow days used to mean playing out in the cold stuff. With technology, though, many school systems have turned those times into work-from-home days. The AJC asks readers if every school should do that. AJC file photo

As children many of us recall watching the evening news or listening to the morning weather radio reports to find out if the white flakes wafting from the sky would cause officials to close school for the day. One or two days were a dream, but an entire week brought about severe cabin fever from being away from structure and near-amnesia when we return to the books.

With technology comes the opportunity to inject some learning into those days of snowball fights and hot cocoa. At least two metro Atlanta systems — Gwinnett and Forsyth — have begun implementing a program where teachers teach from afar and students still have access to much of the support they need.

Although face-to-face interaction is idea, proponents say it’s better than adding an additional half hour to some days or tacking on time to the end of the school calendar. Critics say the “lessons” amount to nothing more than busy work and it does little for students.

What do you think? Should all school systems have plans in place to allow students to keep up with curriculuum when acts of God keep them out of the schoolhouse?

Send comments to communitynews@ajc.com. Responses may be edited for length and/or clarity and may be published in print or digital platforms.


Sandy Springs is considering regulating short-term rentals – people listing their homes on internet sites like Airbnb and VRBO for stays of less than 30 days. But proposed state legislation, House Bill 579, would bar cities from regulating or prohibiting the practice. Should community harmony or private property rights prevail? Here’s what some readers had to say:

I live on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch. Two years ago, a house on our street with a dock and lake access was sold to an owner who started renting it by the week. For several months that year, our neighborhood was turned into party central: Illegal parking everywhere, speeding, property damage, trash everywhere, music and noise throughout the night. After about six weeks, our community was able to put an end to this destruction of our peace and quiet because Hall County has restrictions on short-term rentals. HB 579 would remove our protection. Zoning should be a local issue. Local government should be the force that controls land use and local business regulations. Imposing state regulations is an overreach of power. Not all neighborhoods are the same, and they should not be regulated by an agency that is far removed from the community. – Tom Vivelo

My wife and I operate an Airbnb rental in Union County (Blairsville). Our unit is a one-bedroom basement apartment. Let me describe the guests we entertain. They are young couples, with and without children. They are college-age students. They are hikers taking advantage of the vast number of hiking trails here in the North Georgia mountains. They are retirees traveling and sightseeing, and on occasion, we have foreign visitors. We enjoy meeting our guests and hearing their stories. We are “on site” hosts, greeting each guest personally. For the past two years, we averaged 150 booked nights. The vast majority of our bookings are for two nights, with three- and one-night bookings a close second. My opinion on HB 579 would be that the private homeowner’s rights should prevail. – Steve Psiaki

I believe that we should regulate homes that have been turned into businesses. Renting a single room, even regularly, or to a family once or twice a year is one thing. Renting to all comers, related or not, for short stays turns a home into a football hotel, party house or business hotel. It should be zoned and regulated like a Hilton. – Jeff Bell

We moved into our sleepy north Roswell community some 30 years ago and have had the same neighbors for that length of time. Last year, our next-door neighbor sold their home due to age/health issues to an out-of-town couple. The couple immediately listed the home on Airbnb. Since then, it has been a revolving door of out-of-state tags and constant strangers coming and going. My real issue is that we have a cabin in North Georgia and are home only 50 percent of the time. This forced me to place a camera system around my home and “No Trespassing” signs on the fence surrounding our pool. If the state wants to charge these rentals a hotel tax, have at it. But where these short-term rentals are allowed to operate should be left to the local governments representing their residents. – Ken Mayers

Our neighborhood now has an unofficial “boarding house,” which may even be worse than visitors in short-term rentals. A quiet, family-oriented neighborhood adjacent to an elementary school is NOT the place for young people who need a place to rent for several weeks. With apartments, regulations and expectations are known. A neighborhood home rented to individuals, several in one house, is something that each community needs to decide, since safety, parking, traffic and home values are at stake. I sincerely hope our state legislators will NOT bar cities like Sandy Springs from regulating their own homeowners’ needs, and that they vote against HB 579. We need to decide whether we’re a residential or a business district, not the state. – K.O. Roper

If a homeowner rents out a spare room, that is a residential function, like the traditional taking in of a boarder or getting a roommate. If the owner vacates the premises for the renters, or never lives there at all, then that is a hotel function and the home becomes a business. We know some properties are owned by investors simply to use as rentals. Having a long-term tenant is one thing, but a house rented out for parties or to a different tenant every week is a hotel and not appropriate in a residential neighborhood. – Angie Simpson

I own a home in a small town in northern Michigan where this topic was vigorously discussed several years ago and ultimately passed, not by a vote of the residents, but by the village council. The town, Elk Rapids, is on a bay of Lake Michigan and is a popular destination for visitors in the summer. With this in mind, homeowners (both year-round residents and “summer people”) wanted to cash in on the prospect of money made from short-term rentals. I live in Vinings and was, along with many year-round homeowners in Elk Rapids, against short-term rentals for the following reasons: They discourage investment in homes and communities, and have a major impact on the stability, quality of life and schools in a municipality. Who will invest in a home, in a neighborhood, when you have no idea who your neighbors are or what the long-term prospects are for the growth of that investment? Families looking for stability and growth for their investment and safety for their children do not want to live in a community where their neighbor is an absentee landowner who allows a revolving door of temporary tenants for profit. I can guarantee that if (HB 579) is passed, Sandy Springs and all other communities looking to establish a desirable place for families, schools and businesses to thrive will find the exact opposite occurs. – Janet Filip

As the president of the HOA for our townhome community, I can unequivocally express my opposition to short-term rentals in an otherwise single-family-home community. That being said, I along with 15 other friends enjoy the annual pilgrimage to Hilton Head where we rent a beautiful home – more like mansion – for a week of golf and frivolity. The home we rent is one of three built on a postage-stamp lot, with clearly the intent of housing vacationers year round. These three homes are not in an established community of single-family homes, but are in fact down the street from a large resort. The point being, short-term rentals should be available in areas where there is a destination appeal. With creative zoning, local governments could set up areas where short-term rentals are enabled. I could see a zone near or in the downtown areas of Roswell, Alpharetta, Atlanta or Decatur, but to enable a homeowner to invest in a short-term rental business in a single-family-home community with no apparent destination appeal to me runs contrary to any societal norm. – Christopher Goodrich

I used a VRBO rental in California for family members in town for a wedding, and it worked out well compared to hotel rooms for all of us. It was a large Victorian house in a residential neighborhood. VRBO et al is a handy way to find a rental while traveling that has home-like advantages, such as kitchen for meal prep, and being in a residential area rather than hotels that are more institutional. That being said, I understand neighborhood residents and cities objecting to short-term rentals. Most places have zoning codes for home businesses, which this essentially is. Typically, a home business can’t have employees, traffic and so forth. Short-term rentals should come under zoning/home business codes so they can be regulated and inspected to ensure safe environments for visitors and residents. – Meg Perry

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Atlanta Ballet, Opera To Perform At City Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Performing Arts Center at City Springs will open its 2018-2019 season with a lineup starring nationally recognized organizations. The Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera, leading figures in the city’s performing arts community, are currently finalizing details for performances at City Springs in spring 2019.

The City Springs Theatre Company, the metro area’s newest professional theatre company, will also present five productions during the inaugural season. These organizations help “fulfill the goal of providing a cultural diversity of the arts, and a volume of events that will help drive the success of City Springs,” the city said.

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Why You Should Follow Sandy Spring GA News

If you live in Sandy Spring GA, you shouldn’t be ignoring the news. Even if you prefer to focus on your day-to-day life, newspapers can be a fantastic resource for you. Here’s why you should try to read the news on a regular basis.

The News Can Bring You Closer To The People That Live In Your Community

Local newspapers don’t focus all of their attention on wide-reaching stories. In a lot of cases, these papers focus specifically on stories about people that live in Sandy Spring. Reading the news will make you feel a lot closer to the people that live and work around you.

Reading The News Will Ensure That You Know What Is Going On In Your Town

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What Are Your Rights About Painting And Carpeting As A Renter?

The relationship of the tenant and the landlord is defined clearly not only in your lease agreement but also in the state laws about issues like habitability, safety, repairs, emergency maintenance and health. However, when it is about painting and carpeting, you don’t often see so many clear lines as they are almost non-existent. Mostly, such issues would be determined by your landlord with the legal guidelines that are open for interpretation by a landlord, a legal system, and the tenant himself.

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Furnishing Small Living Rooms – What It Takes?

Small living spaces can be cozy and warm or modern and fresh, all depends on your personal preferences. Furnishing small living spaces practically, functionally and comfortably is the way to go about it all. Apartments, smaller homes, cottages, all need smart decorating ideas for small spaces to create aesthetically pleasing, livable rooms to be used for entertainment, daily living and for family get-togethers.

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Selecting Most Appropriate Carpet For Your Rental Apartment

Being an owner of the rental apartments, you can have so many things to deal with, particularly when it is realized by you that the tenants won’t care for the property like the way you do. Amongst the key aspects of the rental apartments that require your constant attention is carpeting. Mostly, when old tenants leave the unit, and your new tenants make their move in, you’re bound to replace your apartment’s carpeting because of damage or only the normal wear & tear. You’ll be able to cut down on how frequently you have to replace the carpets if you select right carpets in first place.

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