Emory Point - a Mixed Use Project on Clifton Road

Employees working in the Clifton Corridor who live near their work places have shorter commutes on local roads and are more likely to walk, bike and take other alternative transportation to work.

To support this concept, Emory partnered in the development of a mixed use, residential-retail complex on Clifton Road across from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project, named Emory Point, was built and operated on a ground lease from Emory to Cousins Properties Inc. The second phase is complete and includes retail establishments and apartments which are leased by Gables Apartments.

In addition to helping employees of several Clifton Corridor employers (e.g., Emory, CDC, Children's Healthcare, Druid Hills High School, Ben Franklin Academy) live closer to work, this project supports alternative commuting, neighborhood activity centers and pedestrian-street improvements - all key points of focus for the CCP.

Key Facts

  • 50-acre site rezoned which includes:
    • 25 acres of forest, now protected under Emory's land classification plan and the new rezoning site plan;
    • 10 acres of existing development (the Emory Conference Center Hotel, which had an expansion that was completed in May 2009, and the 1599 Clifton Road Building, formerly known as the American Cancer Society headquarters);
    • 15-acre developable site along Clifton Road that previously included a parking lot and several dozen graduate housing units.
  • The first phase of development included 443 apartments. And Phase II includes approximately 300 units.
  • Phase I includes 80,000 square feet of new street-level retail space and other amenities and Phase II includes approximately 40,000 square feet of retail space.
  • Housing is marketed to employees who work at the large employers along Clifton Road, including Emory University, Emory Healthcare (hospital, clinics research), the CDC, Ben Franklin Academy, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Druid Hills High School. Leasing trends show that most tenants work or study in the Clifton Corridor, allowing them to walk, bike or shuttle to work.  By removing cars from secondary roads leading to the corridor, the goal of reducing commuter traffic in the area is being met.
  • Emory's Cliff shuttle provides service to all residents, visitors and shoppers.

Why this Project is Unique

  • It incorporates the themes of the CCP's Urban Design Guidelines.
  • An extensive survey (6.5MB) was conducted among local residents, students and employees by a group named the Clifton Road Mixed Use Development Advisory Committee in order to gauge the types of services that should also be included.

Visit http://emory-point.com/ for a retail business listing.