April 13, 2021
Two years after initial plans emerged for redeveloping the Mall West End into a $400-million, mixed-use “opportunity zone,” the Southwest Atlanta shopping center appears destined for a somewhat different fate.
According to the AJC, New York-based developer Tishman Speyer placed the West End mall under contract Friday with intentions of bulldozing the current stores and boutiques and building a mixed-use complex spanning 1.3 million square feet.
Tishman Speyer, the company behind Rockefeller Center and Buckhead’s One Alliance Center, is expected to act as lead partner and pay eight figures for the 1970 shopping center, the AJC reports, citing sources close to the deal.
Located next to MARTA rail and up the street from Atlanta University Center, the mall property spans about 12 acres and counts Radio Shack, Foot Locker, Rainbow clothing, and eateries such as American Deli and Abdullah the Butcher as primary attractions today. The owner, HT Group, has been exploring options to offload the property for a couple of years.
An overview of the Mall West End property, with MARTA shown at left. Google Maps
A deal between that group and Elevator City Partners—a firm founded by Atlanta BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel and venture capitalist Donray Von, a West End native—appeared imminent early in 2020 but later fell apart.