Alta West / Murphy's Dairy Company
National Register listed : None
March 2001 was ground breaking for Alta West Mixed-Use Residential/Commercial Enterprise Zone
Architect : Surber Barber Choate and Hertlein, Inc.
Contact : Bill Bollwerk of Wood Partners, LLC

Location: 1016-1010 Howell Mill Road
Original Builders: Murphy Dairy Company
Significant Dates : 1948 - Construction of Building ( construction date taken from page 30 of Buildings Worth Saving given out at the 1997 Bottom Line Seminar by the Atlanta Preservation Center).
Significant Dates : March 2002- Demolition
Boundary Justification: N/A

Description of Architectural Classification : Early Modern
Classical Materials: Concrete block and brick
Historic Functions: INDUSTRY:utilitarian industrial
Current Functions: The original Murphy Dairy land of 1.7 acres is being developed into residential units (see below).

ABOVE: 1948-2001 Murphy Dairy Company

Alta West is under construction at Howell Mill Road & 11th Street with 265 apartments and retail space. These residential units located above 10,000 sf of retail including 11 work-live units are scheduled for completion March 2003.

An innovative and flexible concrete ‘Outinard’ cast-in-place construction is to be utilized. In keeping with the neighborhood’s industrial character, the floors, walls and ceilings separating the individual units will be concrete. This method of construction allows units to have high ceilings common to buildings indigenous to the Artery. Of the 265 units, 50 will be for incomes $45,000 and below, in keeping with the empowerment zone tax abatement.

ABOVE: Alta West new construction rendering
ABOVE: Alta West site plan (north is up)

01/16/00 interview with the owner Robert Cain :
This building was originally a dairy distribution center for rurally located dairy farms and at one time a familiar scene was the fleet of Murphy Dairy trucks delivering milk and dairy products to urban Atlantan's door steps. Simultaneously Redfern Foods, a specialty meat company, operated from the building taking advantage of the strategic location in the heart of the Miller-Union Stock Yards. After this a steak specialty company operated from here and in the 1990's the building was deserted and under ownership of a Shang Pon Chan.
In 1999 the building was purchased by architect Robert Cain. This building has always been admirable and all the life the adaptive reuse is going to bring will be welcome.

Atlanta Business Chronicle July 30-August 5,1999 :
Developers try to build on City Housing Demand
f three developers get their way, several old intown warehouses and industrial sites soon to apartments and condominiums. On July 20, a trio of developers asked the city of Atlanta to rezone three separate parcels to allow them to convert several industrial buildings and sites across intown Atlanta to residential buildings. It looks like at least one will face a tough fight during the rezoning process.

1. Realty Development Corp., the development arm of Lane Co. wants to build 338 apartments on two tracts that total 5.4 acres at 821 Ralph McGill Blvd., site of a National Linen Service warehouse.

2. Eric B. Seugling, an architect representing landowner David Perdue, applied for rezoning to allow Perdue to build 47 condominiums on two tracts totaling 0.7 acres at 444 and 450 Marietta St.

3. Murphy's Dairy Partners LLC proposes to convert its one- and two-story industrial buildings at 1016 Howell Mill Road into a mixed-use development that includes loft housing and commercial space.

The applications attest to the strength of Atlanta's intown housing market and the trend of urban infill, with builders identifying properties in developed areas that are ripe for residential units close to-or in the city. The trend is likely to continue, said national multifamily consultant Dale Henson, president of Atlanta-based Dale Henson Associates Inc. "I suspect this is just a continuation of a trend that will just keep going until the better-quality structures are used up," he said. "It's probably the most useful use of the buildings right now." ......

Down at Howell Mill Road and 11th Street, Murphy's Dairy Partners wants to turn a 2.9-acre tract into a mixed-use development, according to Planning Bureau records. The land, owned by Murphy's Dairy and Welcome Years Inc., currently holds one- and two-story industrial buildings.

Murphy's proposes to renovate the buildings and incorporate them into a mixed-use development that will include 41 commercial spaces, loft housing and live-work spaces," according to Murphy's rezoning application. Murphy's did not include its specific plans in its rezoning application.

Murphy's representative, architect Robert M. Cain, did not return calls by press time. In its application, Murphy's Dairy points to similar nearby developments to make its case for rezoning. "Several mixed-use developments are located in the district to the immediate east of [Murphy's Dairy properties] between Howell Mill Road and Northside Drive," Cain said in the application. Loft housing and mixed use developments also are located on the Marietta Street corridor to the south, extending from the downtown area to the west along West Marietta Street to Ashby Street.

The plans of Murphy's Dairy, Realty Development and Seugling will be discussed by neighborhood groups and NPUs before proceeding to the Zoning Review Board.

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