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German developer backed by PCM experts hopes to transform eight blocks of historic buildings and parking lots into a walkable utopia

The reinvention of eight tired blocks of South Downtown may still be in its infancy (having been revealed just a month ago), but real estate development team Newport US is setting expectations pretty damn high.

New renderings offer a glimpse of a walkable district that would retain and restore the historic buildings scattered around the neighborhood, while enhancing non-automobile options.

The project will be the first for Newport—a Germany-based company—in the United States. The team, in operation for more than a decade in Europe, was inspired to cross the Atlantic due to the potential they saw in South Downtown.

At the helm of the project will be Jake Nawrocki, who formerly worked at Jamestown Properties, the firm behind the reinvention of Ponce City Market and the Westside Provisions District.

According to the firm, public engagement will be a major priority as plans are created.

Over the next few weeks, more information will be revealed about the project, and Curbed Atlanta will take a walk with Newport leadership to get a firsthand sense of what’s in store.

For now, behold the district’s possible future via these renderings:


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