APD Solutions Unveils Plan For First Luxury Mixed-Use Development In Dekalb County

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Efforts to Revitalize Hidden Hills Area Garner Community Support; Upscale Residential and Retail Space Slated for Completion Spring 2012

APD Solutions, LLC (APDS), a national neighborhood revitalization firm, hosted the dedication ceremony for Panola Slope, the first mixed-used commercial and residential development in DeKalb County since 2007. Real estate professionals, business and civic leaders, including DeKalb County Commissioners Stan Watson and Lee May, joined APDS executives to plant a commemorative time capsule. The gesture symbolizes APDS’ commitment to restoring and rebuilding the Hidden Hills district, which was significantly impacted by the economic downturn. http://bit.ly/tzfMx5

Located at 5600 Covington Highway, Panola Slope is one of APDS’ many community stabilization initiatives. Now in its initial phase, the 10+-acre project will offer 23 luxury brownstones and more than 12,000 square feet of street level retail space. Subsequent plans include midrise condominiums, as well as a second phase of brownstones and retail shops. Construction is scheduled for completion in Spring 2012.

“The idea of initiating a luxury mixed-use development in DeKalb may have been difficult for some to imagine, but APDS’ shared vision with the community makes this project special and will be the hallmark of our success,” said Vaughn Irons, Chief Executive Officer, APD Solutions. He added, “Our goal is to not only set the standard for distinctive urban living, but also to demonstrate APDS’ commitment to DeKalb over the long-haul. We want Panola Slope to be the catalyst for making the Covington corridor vibrant again.”

Under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3), DeKalb County is undertaking a comprehensive initiative to improve the overall viability of real estate in areas with the greatest need. “APDS is taking a leadership role in helping us accelerate our NSP3 revitalization efforts,” said Lee May, DeKalb County Commissioner, District 5. “The Panola Slope project offers an example of how public-private partnerships can positively impact the growth of our community.”

Luxury Living Redefined
The initial phase of three- and four-bedroom brownstones includes high-end appointments and interior features such as gourmet kitchens, 10′ ceilings, upgraded lighting and hardwood floors throughout. A public square with an outdoor terrace, benches, fountains, a lighted walking trail, pocket parks and security patrol are a few of the properties other amenities.

“Panola Slope offers a luxury lifestyle that, until now, has primarily been reserved for intown locations,” Irons added. “The development appeals to a wide range of residential buyers- from single professionals to young families and empty nesters- who desire the best quality and value on the market. Panola Slope will build the foundation for a live, work, play and pray community to flourish.”

11-11-11 Time Capsule
Following brief remarks by Panola Slope’s first retail tenant and other notable guests, a time capsule was planted to commemorate the date and time of the event, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 am. In keeping with its 11-11-11 theme, the container was filled with eleven items including the local newspaper, photos and a letter from Mr. Irons to future residents. The container will be opened in 2022.

“Through revitalization efforts, like Panola Slope, we can accelerate job growth and ultimately generate new revenue for DeKalb,” said Stan Watson, DeKalb County Commissioner, Super District 7. “Eleven years from today, this time capsule will serve as a reminder of our collective efforts to transform this community into a thriving urban oasis.”

For more information on Panola Slope contact APD Solutions at 404-921-3131 or info(at)apdsolutions(dot)com

APD Solutions, LLC (APDS) is a national Neighborhood Revitalization Firm created to provide community development consulting and comprehensive real estate services to public and private sector clients. APDS’ mission is to RESTORE credibility in the housing industry, REBUILD challenged neighborhoods and to RENEW the lives of impacted families. APDS has a seasoned staff with over 200 years of combined relevant housing industry and real estate experience. APDS maintains offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville and San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.APDSolutions.com.


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