By Ben Brasch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Battery Atlanta is well on its way to being ready for the excitable fans and expectations that await.
But it’s going to take more than baking an apple pie to make The Battery Atlanta set for move-in.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was invited for the first look at the apartments inside The Battery and how the grounds are looking these days.
Brian Oates with the developer Pollack Shores and Jeremy Strife, who is general manager of The Battery, answered questions during the exclusive tour.
Mere weeks away from the Braves’ first pitch, the multi-use mammoth surrounding SunTrust Park is still a beehive.
The light from a welder’s torch flickers on the just-installed signs of a parking garage.
Backhoes, unfinished earth and construction workers line the path that’ll eventually lead many children to their first baseball game.
There are only hard hats and no ball caps in sight.
The Residences community is expected to open the first week of April, said Oates. These are the swankiest. There’ll be 81 apartments (with set-ups of one, two and three bedrooms) and rents ranging from $1,855 to $3,830 per month.
The picture below shows a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. Residents would walk less than 1,000 feet from your front door to the stadium’s entrance.
Being that close to the ballpark and a music venue could get loud, which is why, Oates said, the builder installed thicker windows.
Only those living in the 81 units will have access to an L-shaped wrap-around balcony that gives an expansive view of The Battery and a little peak at the outfield. (Check out the view below.)
You can’t watch the game from your apartment thanks to rules by the MLB, he said. The entire three-building complex was built so you couldn’t see the game.
But that’s mostly fine for the 55 folks who’ve already signed leases, as a significant number are either season-ticket holders or connected to the Braves or a retail business in The Battery, said Oates.
For the season-ticket holders, he said, these apartments are $3,800 crash pads for after the game.
All 211 apartments in Parkside are set to open in May. Rents there are between $1,225 and $4,305 a month and include one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
If Residences is for the seasoned executive, think about Parkside as being for their kid who joined the family business.
On the tour, workers were installing the baseball-evoking turf by the empty pool. There’ll be an entertainment center featuring walls lined with Braves swag where residents can play billiards and shuffleboard.
Flats, with options of one and two bedrooms, is set to open in June. The monthly cost ranges from $1,355 to $3,030 for its 239 apartments.
That wasn’t a part of the tour since they’re not fully constructed.
But considering the Flats was originally a pond and none of The Battery had sidewalks a week ago, nothing looked too bad.
And of all the units, 65 percent have one bedroom, 34 percent have two bedrooms and 1 percent have three bedrooms. That 1 percent equates to eight or nine apartments.
In all, between 800 and 1,000 residents could call The Battery home.
All who call The Battery home will use key fobs to get into their buildings.
As for where all those residents park, there are garages throughout The Battery.
Battery dwellers will be allotted one parking spot per bedroom.
Strife explained that an app named “Sequr” will make it so residents won’t need to fumble for any button to open the parking gate. Instead, the gate will detect your cell phone and open. Heck, there’ll even be an app to pre-pay valet at the stadium.
Oates admitted that they are still working out how guest parking will work but confirmed there will be no overnight parking for non-residents.
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