Sales set to open on 700 new intown homes 

by John Yellig

Empire Zephyr will offer 359 single-family homes and townhomes in a 34-acre community in Chosewood Park. Rendering Courtesy of Empire Communities.

More than 700 homes in varying stages of construction in three intown developments are going on the market Saturday. 

The communities, Empire Longreen in West Midtown, Empire Stein Steel in Reynoldstown and Empire Zephyr in Chosewood Park, are the work of Empire Communities, an Ontario-based homebuilder that has built a veritable intown empire of infill developments in recent years. The company is behind at least 11 projects in the city and Alpharetta, including the Paintbox community on Memorial Drive in Kirkwood.

“Since the company’s arrival in Atlanta in 2019, Empire Communities’ intown portfolio has played an integral role in the development of the city’s urban core, providing a high-design attainable home to an underserved missing middle,” Empire Atlanta Regional President Paul Corley said in a press release. “We are pleased to provide Atlanta residents the opportunity to invest in and support the continued development of the city.” 

On the former site of the Stein Steel plant, Empire Stein Steel has 900 feet of BeltLine frontage. Rendering Courtesy of Empire Communities.

All three projects have access to the BeltLine, and one, Empire Stein Steel, is directly on the Eastside trail, at the site of the former steel plant. The development’s 900 feet of prime BeltLine frontage will feature multiple access points and the outdoor-oriented Breaker Breaker bar and restaurant, which is scheduled to open in late summer. The community, located at 933 Kirkwood Ave. SE, will have 211 homes, with stacked condominiums priced from the low $300,000s to the $600,000s and townhomes beginning in the $500,000s.  

Empire Zephyr, at 1335 Boulevard SE in Chosewood Park, will boast 359 single-family homes and townhomes in a 34-acre “residential enclave” under a canopy of mature trees, according to the builder. Community amenities will include a pool and clubhouse, walking paths and a community-gathering green. It will also be near the BeltLine and its planned Boulevard Crossing Park. 

Empire Longreen, located at 981 Huff Road in West Midtown’s historic Blandtown neighborhood, will have 179 residences, with condos priced from the low $300,000s to the $600,000s and townhomes priced from the low $500,000s. The community is less than a block from the planned expansion of the BeltLine’s Westside Trail and will include a “linear greenspace,” according to Empire. 

Empire Longreen will offer 179 townhomes and stacked condos in Blandtown. Rendering Courtesy of Empire Communities.

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