Ashton Woods Homes plans New Urbanist development around Mercedes-Benz HQ (SLIDESHOW) – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ashton Woods Homes plans to convert the 76-acre site around the corporate headquarters of Mercedes-Benz in Sandy Springs into a mix of townhomes, apartments and retail.

Ashton Woods, which is under contract to buy the site from a local family and sell 12 acres to Mercedes-Benz USA Inc. for its new corporate campus, filed plans with Sandy Springs April 7. The development, with more than 1,000 planned housing units, would take shape on Abernathy road less than a mile west of Georgia 400.

Last year, the Mayson family put the site — including the 1920s-era Glenridge Hall — on the market, setting the stage for one of the state’s highest-profile corporate relocations and economic development coups. In January, the German luxury automaker confirmed it would relocate its U.S. headquarters from Montvale, N.J. to Sandy Springs.

Ashton Woods’ filing of the plans kick-starts the rezoning, a process that could last through the late summer.

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The automaker would acquire and develop land on the southeast corner of the site, where it is expected to occupy a 250,000-square-foot headquarters building. It would also have an option to expand the campus.

via Ashton Woods Homes plans New Urbanist development around Mercedes-Benz HQ (SLIDESHOW) – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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