Three-building Lumen project nears finish in northeast Atlanta

Three-building Lumen project nears finish in northeast Atlanta

Retail signings include Italian concept from Riccardo Ullio

A northeast Atlanta project billed as an “urban oasis” and the first facet of new village-style redevelopment near growing job centers has entered the home stretch of construction. 

Atlanta-based developers Atlantic Residential and Stein Investment Group announced today that all retail space (10,700 square feet) has been filled at the three-building Lumen Briarcliff project, which is aiming to serve as a gateway to northeast Atlanta neighborhoods, Emory University, and a billion-dollar hospital expansion in North Druid Hills.

Pre-leasing has begun for Lumen Briarcliff’s 264 apartments at 3070 Briarcliff Road, all considered luxury-grade, with first move-ins expected next month. 

Developers say the final phase of residential construction is on pace to be wrapped in June. 

The final component to finish will be a two-story, 5,300-square-foot standalone commercial building where veteran Atlanta restauranteur Riccardo Ullio (head of URestaurants Group, of Sotto Sotto in Inman Park) has signed on to open an upscale, unnamed “innovative Italian dining concept” by the end of 2024, the development team reports. 

Expect a year-round, rooftop patio overlooking the community atop the freestanding restaurant.

Overview of the three-building project on Briarcliff Road (at bottom) today.
Courtesy of Stein Investment Group, Atlantic Residential

Other retail tenants announced today include salon Sugar Polish Nail Bar in a 2,600-square-foot space fronting Briarcliff Road, in addition to a “notable international coffeehouse” in an adjacent, 2,800-square-foot space, with a courtyard and patio seating, per developers. 

Lumen Briarcliff cleared about 3.5 acres and began vertical construction in late 2022 along Clairmont Road, just south of Interstate 85 and north of Briarcliff Road. The site was formerly home to a half-dozen low-rise buildings—some abandoned, others operating as auto repair shops and an Express Oil Change. 

Stein Investment Group also owns an adjacent, 6-acre site across Briarcliff Road that’s home to Williamsburg Village Shopping Center; but that’s currently in planning phases to become a “family-centric village center,” with construction slated to start early next year, according to Jason Linscott, a principal with the company. 

Lumen Briarcliff’s two residential buildings feature 22 studio, 135 one-bedroom, 96 two-bedroom, and 11 three-bedroom rentals. One building wraps a six-story parking deck with 440 spaces.

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