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Franklin Street to Lease New Mixed-Use Center in Atlanta’s Historic Sweet Auburn

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Franklin Street will provide retail leasing for The Front Porch at Auburn Avenue redevelopment project.

Franklin Street has been selected to provide retail leasing for The Front Porch at Auburn Avenue, a new mixed-use redevelopment project located within the historic Sweet Auburn District in the Old Fourth Ward, just east of downtown Atlanta.  The project will feature 38,000 square feet of rentable retail space, along with 13,000 square feet of apartment rentals and an additional 18,600 square feet of multifamily space for sale in the heart of the Auburn Avenue Corridor.

Franklin Street’s Sam Krueger, senior associate, and K.B. Yabuku, managing director for New York-based developer Hart Lyman Co., will lead retail leasing for the property. The brokerage team is actively seeking chef-driven restaurants, regional boutique retailers and fitness concepts for the mixed-use center, which is set to open in Fall of 2021. The neighborhood revitalization effort is being driven by Atlanta’s Historic District Development Corporation, and the Partnership for Southern Equity is spearheading the community engagement.

“This unique commercial development will transform the heart of downtown Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn District by bringing new amenities, jobs and housing to the area,” said Krueger. “The Front Porch will weave innovative urban agriculture features into the project, offering an unparalleled opportunity for high quality farm-to-table dining and retail operators that can amplify the local southern culture that is so apparent within this community.”  

Located in the exceptionally diverse residential neighborhood of Sweet Auburn between Hilliard Street and Jackson Street, The Front Porch is one of Atlanta’s premier ‘equity projects,’ incorporating equitable development and sustainability principles from start to finish. The project will provide a gathering place that promotes economic prosperity and environmental sustainability through the continued improvement of the neighborhood. The property is located along the Atlanta Streetcar line and is just steps away from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park, the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, and Georgia State University.

“HDDC is proud to continue our legacy of strengthening, revitalizing and preserving the identity and history of our communities through equitable and sustainable development,” said Chenee Joseph, executive director of HDDC.   “As the developer of projects such as Studioplex on Auburn, Dynamic Metal Lofts and most recently the Haugabrooks Event Space on Auburn Avenue, we have a solid track record in the neighborhood. We are excited to continue our commitment to the revitalization of the Sweet Auburn and the Old Fourth Ward with the development of the Front Porch, which we hope will quickly become the gathering place for our community.”

For more information on The Front Porch at Auburn Avenue, visit their page on LoopNet. For more information on Franklin Street, visit

About Franklin Street: Founded in 2006 during one of the toughest real estate climates, Franklin Street focused on delivering value-added solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise and experience of each of its divisions – Investment Sales, Tenant and Landlord Representation, Capital Advisory, Insurance, Property Management and Project Management – Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. Learn more about Franklin Street at

About HDDC: Founded in 1980, HDDC is one of Atlanta’s oldest surviving community development corporations and the only non-profit organization specifically dedicated to preserving the availability of affordable housing in the Old Fourth Ward. For nearly four decades, HDDC has been a catalyst for equitable urban revitalization in Atlanta. 

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