A Wonderful Waverly Staycation

http://www.viningslifestyle.com/2015/08/25/staycation/

Maybe you drive in and out of the Atlanta Galleria Office Park everyday and don’t take advantage of the amenities that there are in this 86 acre campus. The article above is a fabulous idea, but we also want to use this as a way to remind you all what we have around the complex.

-The Galleria Gardens
-Food Truck Tuesday
-The Waverly Renaissance
-The Georgian Club
-The Athletic Club
-Delis
-Dry Cleaning/Sundries Shops
-Helipad
-The Track
-Medici Restaurant @ Waverly

We are constantly looking for new amenities to add. Always feel free to reach out with suggestions.

Balfour Beatty Treats Employees at Refuge Coffee

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Balfour Beatty gave employees the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee on the company’s dime this morning at the Refuge Coffee Truck. We are thrilled to have such happy folks in the Galleria complex. Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Galleria Tenants in the Atlanta News

We have so many great tenants that work at the Galleria. In fact, there are 5,000 people that office at this complex.

Kent Kelley, of PowerPlan, made the Atlanta Business Chronicle CFO of the Year(for medium private cos.) in Atlanta.

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David Birnbrey, of The Shopping Center Group, was featured in Bisnow discussing how well retail is coming back.

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Thanks for being an active part of our community gentleman. We are so glad to have you all as tenants.

Weekly Traffic Update

Happy 2015 Galleria tenants! We know your commute was a little heavier than usual this morning. Here is what we do know is going on with traffic patterns this week.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will be installing barrier walls on parts of Interstate 285 this week, which will require lane closures.

Tonight through Saturday, barrier installation will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on I-285 between South Cobb Drive and Atlanta Road, according to a news release from GDOT.

The road closures include:

  • Two lane closures on both the inner and outer loop of I-285 from South Cobb Drive to Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. tonight to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The northbound I-285 on-ramp at Atlanta Road will close, along with two northbound lanes from Atlanta Road to Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Drivers are asked to use Cumberland Parkway to access I-285 northbound during this time.
  • Two northbound lanes on I-285 from Atlanta Road to Paces Ferry Road will close from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday. The same lanes will close again at 9 p.m. Thursday, reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, close again at 9 p.m. Friday and reopen 5 a.m. Saturday.

For more information on lane closures and traffic, call 511 or visit www.511ga.org.

AJC Article: Braves Parking Solution

Braves take a step toward solving parking problems in Cobb

By Dan Klepal and J. Scott Trubey – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Braves have taken a major step toward solving a vexing question about their new Cobb County stadium: where fans will park.

The team announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 9.5-acre plot of land about a half mile from the SunTrust Park that will be largely dedicated to parking.

Parking had emerged as a major problem for the stadium, after the Cobb Galleria turned down the Braves’ request to lease some of the 5,500 parking spaces there and the Cumberland Mall raised a concern over fans hijacking some of its 5,000 parking spaces. Because of that and other concerns, the mall has filed an appeal of the county’s issuance of a stadium building permit.

Braves officials would not say how much they paid for the land, how much parking they will build on the site, and if those expenses will be part of the team’s $230 million commitment toward stadium construction — or whether the land and parking will be paid for by the team separately.

Commission Chairman Tim Lee also declined to answer the question of whether the new purchase and parking will be part of the Braves existing commitment to the stadium. Instead, he referred the question to a Braves’ spokeswoman.

“The $230 million is a hard cost we’ve committed to building the ballpark, which could include some of the parking,” said Mike Plant, the Braves executive vice president of business operations. “I don’t feel it’s beneficial or useful for us to get into an in-depth discussion about where our finances are going with hard and soft costs. It’s just not something we’re going to answer with specifics at this time.”

The county has committed $368 million toward stadium construction — although it will actually borrow up to $397 million to cover issuance costs and the initial 15 months of interest. The county will use $6.1 million in annual rent payments from the team to help pay off that debt over 30 years.

The Braves are buying the land from Genuine Parts Company, which is moving after expressing concern that their employees will be inconvenienced by traffic congestion caused by the stadium and a parking garage the Braves plan to build across from their site.

In fact, a Genuine Parts Company attorney said at a July 15 hearing on the Braves rezoning that the proposed parking garage was “massive” and would create an “unmanageable situation … that will significantly harm Genuine Parts Company and its employees.”

A Fortune 500 parent company of auto parts giant NAPA, Genuine Parts has occupied the site and building as its headquarters since 1979. Last month, the company announced it would build a new headquarters on the east side of I-75 in the Wildwood area, where the company has another facility.

Tom Gallagher, chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts, said in a prepared statement the move “will create a corporate campus feel for all of our associates. We are pleased that our longtime home will help expand the footprint of the Braves development and help to enhance the fan experience.”

The purchase will bring the total amount of land controlled by the Braves in the Cumberland area to more than 90 acres.

Plant would not say if team plans to build surface lots, parking garages or a combination of the two on the land. He did say that it would not be part of the team’s planned mixed-use development, meaning they are not planning to build shopping or restaurants on the site.

The cost of surface and deck parking can vary widely depending on local codes, property costs, site preparation, landscaping and efforts to promote environmental sustainability.

Surface parking can cost $3,000 to $5,000 per space, said Roamy Valera, a senior vice president with SP+ Corp., a major parking company. A surface lot on the Braves’ new parcel, using industry standards, could accommodate between 1,800 to 2,100 spaces, he said.

Parking garages are considerably more expensive, but permit the developer to stack floors of cars. Above ground garage parking can cost $12,000 to $15,000 per space in a relatively clear development site in a suburban setting, Valera said.

Rachel Yoka, vice president of program development for industry trade group International Parking Institute, said costs for surface and deck parking can be influenced significantly by a community’s architectural or landscaping requirements. Many companies are also seeking sustainable features, such as chargers for electric vehicles, bike sharing capabilities and solar panels or “green” roofs that can make properties more attractive.

Plant said the parking plan for the site ultimately will be released as part of the team’s overall parking and transportation plan for the entire development.

“We don’t want to get into a release of segments of the parking plan without a release of the overall parking plan,” Plant said. “We haven’t even started selling tickets yet. We’re opening in April of 2017. … We’ll release the entire parking plan at the right time when it is fully developed.”

The Braves also announced Thursday that it has signed a long-term sponsorship extension with NAPA, which has partnered with the Braves since the team moved to Turner Field in 1997 — a deal that currently includes the NAPA brand presence on the main video board.

Schiller, the Braves executive, said the sponsorship extension and the land buy were negotiated separately. He would not say what the new sponsorship deal entails, saying those details will be released closer to the stadium’s opening.

Childress Klein Properties Exec Gives Tip of the Cap to New Cobb County Neighbors – The Atlanta Braves

Cobb County commercial real estate executive, Connie Engel, just may be the Atlanta Braves’ most ardent fan. In addition to her Braves baseball cap, she sports two other hats: Partner at Childress Klein, the Atlanta Galleria Office Park’s  property management group; and Board Member for the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID). Engel relates that these two integral entities are very excited to welcome, support and partner with the $1 billion investment of their new neighbor, the Braves’ SunTrust Park  and its adjoining, pedestrian-friendly urban development.

In fact, on September 17, Mike Plant, the Braves’ Executive Vice President of Operations, together with the “Braves Around Town Team,” visited the office park located in the so-called “Platinum Triangle” of the county near the juncture of I-285 and I-75. At this ice cream social gathering where Plant outlined the team’s goals and concepts, enthusiasm immediately became contagious among the Atlanta Galleria property management group, its 129 tenants and the 6,000 employees who work there. Tentative plans are already in the works for corporate outings, shuttle busses for clients, tenant-only parking for games, traffic facilitation and season’s tickets offerings.

Having successfully leased offices for 28 years at the 2.5 million square feet of space contained in five of the six “Class A” towers of Atlanta Galleria Office Park, Engel practically knows every tenant on a first name basis. She finds it very fulfilling to partner with her business clients, putting people into a wonderful environment, and assessing their ongoing needs as companies expand or require special needs.

Who is excited for new neighbors? We are already dreaming of Opening Day 2017 at the Childress Klein office! Hats off to Connie for an outstanding article.