Ponce City Market Signs New Tenants and More

The multi-use facility signs three new businesses, adds bi-weekly tours, food cart Sundays and starts waiting list for apartments.

Photo by: Jamestown Properties The Ponce City Market in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward will feature green rooftops, private cabanas as well as public gathering spots.

The Atlanta Sears & Roebuck Building was once a city eyesore, a behemoth that sat empty on Ponce de Leon surrounded by a foreboding chain link fence. Visitors were not welcome, but now that redeveloping is well underway, people and businesses are falling over themselves to get in.

Adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, Ponce City Market recently announced several new tenants including Athenahealth, Inc., the Suzuki School and Binders, an Atlanta-owned independent art supply company. A waiting list for the much ballyhooed one-, two- and three-bedroom flats was also established.

The addition of Athenahealth, a Watertown, Mass.-based health IT firm, brings 500 new jobs to the City of Atlanta over five years.

“The Athenahealth win is huge for the city, our residents and the Ponce de Leon corridor,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said. “The company’s commitment to our city continues Atlanta’s successful string of attracting major operations and headquarters of sought-after companies.”

These new Athenaheath employees might consider enrolling their kids in the successful Suzuki School. Founded in Atlanta by Marlene Lerer in collaboration with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in 1976, the original location of the Suzuki School was on Andrews Drive in Buckhead and the new location marks the school’s third.

“Ponce City Market is a great fit for our Midtown campus,” said Robert Charles of The Suzuki School. “Environment is a core foundation to the Suzuki philosophy, where the belief is that physical environment plays a critical role in early childhood learning. We’re excited that Ponce City Market’s facilities will allow us to conceive and create – from architectural design through construction – one of the key components in our educational process.”

The private preschool campus will consist of 20,000 square feet and include a covered drop-off and pick-up location. The school accepts children from three months through five years of age.

Residents and students alike can pick up school and art supplies at Binders, which features galleries, weekly classes, and popular workshops and demonstrations. Founded in the 1900s, Binders is committed to the Atlanta community and remains involved in local art organizations and school programs.

“Ponce City Market promises to become one of the cultural epicenters of Atlanta, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” Howard Krinsky, president-owner of Binders.

Lastly, Food Cart Sundays at the BeltLine Shed start up on July 14, featuring food carts from Doggy Dogg, Atomic Ice Cream Sandwiches and Dancing Goats Coffee. The corral of carts will be located just south of the Ponce Bridge. Tours will also take place on Sundays throughout the end of August. Registration is required. See the Ponce City Market website for more details.



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