Having decided to stay at its current Midtown home, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta this summer began consideration of how to redevelop its three-acre site at 18th and Spring streets.
In July, Eric Robbins, president and CEO of JFGA, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “We are at a feasibility stage of looking to create a new community arts space that would house the Breman Museum, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the Atlanta Jewish Musical Festival and other groups as well as an innovation hub.”
He told the Atlanta Jewish Times at the time, “We’re being very diligent and thoughtful on it.”
Asked for an update last month by the AJT, Robbins said, “We have a talented group of lay leaders that are continuing to explore the idea and evolve it, including engaging with developers as partners to include housing for empty nesters and creative finance options. We are excited about rolling out a plan to move this forward in 2019.”
The Midtown location has been JFGA’s home since 1996, when the land was donated by real estate magnate Steve Selig. The Business Chronicle reported that the property was valued at $25 million.
Among the redevelopment suggestions is increasing the space allotted for the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, as well as adding more office space to house local Jewish organizations. Another was construction of a new building, combining office space with cultural and arts spaces, and a residential component.
In the year 2019, the Federation’s “diligent and thoughtful” discussion may lead to more definitive plans, though the pouring of any concrete may be further off in the future.
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