As part of TSW’s monthly Third Thirsty Thursday social outings, several TSW staff took MARTA to the new Monday Night Brewing location known as the Garage this past week. The Garage is their barrel-aging and souring facility in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, which opened in September.
Monday Night Brewing Garage is part of the emerging Lee+White food and beverage district. The incremental adaptive reuse potential of this area was identified by TSW in 2010 as part of the firm’s Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan as both an interim strategy to foster economic growth in West End and nearby areas given anticipated market realities. The plan noted:
In lieu of longer-term redevelopment, 929 Lee Street’s adaptive reuse potential is strong given its prominent location, physical condition, apparent ease of alteration, and parking. These factors suggest that the existing buildings could be successfully converted into light industrial, loft office, or commercial space with minimal effort.
Longer term, land values and proximity to the former State Farmer’s Market redevelopment area across Lee Street will trigger the redevelopment of 929 Lee Street to make way for greater density development. In the meantime, interim adaptive reuse would allow the site to contribute to the incremental growth of the subarea.