City Hall East, an Atlanta landmark and the largest brick building in the Southeast, will be transformed into an upscale mixed-use facility. The facility, now called Ponce City Market, will get a $180 million rehab to create 1 million sf of retail, office, and residential components, plus parking and green spaces. It has been called the most comprehensive adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history.
Constructed in 1926 as a Sears Roebuck & Co. store and distribution center for the entire Southeast, it was bought by the city in 1991. Only a small percentage of the space was utilized for city offices.
Planners say Ponce City Market will be modeled on Pike Place Market in Seattle, Chelsea Market in New York, and Warehouse Row in Chattanooga.