A former Shopping Center Group CEO and his partner have fallen in love with Westside Atlanta and the rest of the Atlanta CBD retail.(We're writing a romantic comedy based on it.)Frank Buonanotte
(above) and his Westside Ironworks partner Jeff Stein
—with a kitty of family money
—are moving forward with the redevelopment of a number of Westside Atlanta properties. So far, the duo has lured Switch Modern, a popular Midtown furniture retailer, to its 670 14th St building. (How do you woo a furniture retailer? Promises of cherrywood?) Frank, who co-founded retail real estate advisory firm The Shopping Center Group, tells us he sees the acquisition of the Westside properties—75k SF of commercial space
along Northside Drive, Howell Mill Road, and 14th and 11th streets —as "generational real estate
" and a long-term hold.
Switch Modern is taking over the 27k SF building
immediately west of the Progressive Lighting facility. Frank, who founded and sold
the Georgia franchise of Party City
, says he and Jeff will continue to pursue Southeast retail properties and redevelopment. But only for so long. "I'm not sure how long the window lasts
for us," he says. "We bought because things have been priced properly. Things are starting to become a little more expensive
again, and soon things will be over priced, and we'll stop buying."