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Local Developer Purchases High End Office Space in Peachtree Corners

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Arial view of Davinci Court

Holder Properties cashes in on the city’s trending cachet and significant growth seen within the last decade.

With Peachtree Corners catching the eye of developers throughout the region, it’s no surprise that an experienced and noted company jumped at the chance to acquire commercial real estate in the city. Holder Properties, a full-service commercial and residential real estate development and investment company, recently closed on Davinci Court two adjacent class ‘A’ office buildings located off of Peachtree Parkway (GA-141).

In the last decade or so, Peachtree Corners has become one of the most desirable areas in metro Atlanta for development.

“Peachtree Corners has always been a market that we’ve had our eye on for numerous reasons,” said Billy Cooke, director of leasing for Holder Properties. “I think there has always been a history of success there.”

For an undisclosed price, the company obtained property with ample parking and competitive pricing that is in walking distance of restaurants, shopping and workout spaces.

“You can literally walk outside of our door, get on the new walking trail, get to The Forum or get to the new retail across the street,” said Cooke. “So you have that walkability component that is going to be so important as an amenity in this post-COVID office world that we’re living in.”

With the property being more than 20 years old, Holder Properties has plans to do some renovation which includes enhancing and modernizing the landscaping, adding outdoor activity areas and revitalization of lobbies and restrooms. Although those decisions are still being finalized, Cooke said the buildings will remain office space. The company is leaving the mixed-use development to others but is excited about benefitting from those changes.

3740 Davinci Court

‘Feed off what’s already there’

“I think our plan is to really feed off what’s already there and what’s planned,” he said. “We certainly want to be a key cog in that wheel with our office environment. We’ll have a renovated building that offers this amenity set to tenants and tenants’ employees that everyone wants now in this new office world, and then that plays to the kind of the livability that’s already in Peachtree Corners and what’s coming to Peachtree Corners.”

Cooke said Peachtree Corners has the potential to rival communities further north like Alpharetta because of the location and the space for development.

“For one, the location for the northern submarket is easier,” he said. “Peachtree Corners is easily accessible from areas further north and it’s not a bad drive from Hartsfield Jackson. … If you’ve got clients flying in for the day, it’s a little bit closer than having to drive up to Alpharetta, so it’s a little bit more accessible from the airport.”

Cooke went on to add, “But then you get all the other advantages of being a northern suburb or on the fringe the northern suburbs because you can kind of cater to all those neighborhoods up there and it’s an easier market to access from the neighborhoods and from the people that live in those areas.”

At the end of the day, Peachtree Corners checked all the boxes of what developers these days are looking for, said Cooke. And if more property becomes available, it will certainly be on Holder’s radar.

“I think the biggest thing, again, for us is we really want to create an office environment that is centered around a hospitality feel,” he said. “We know that in today’s office world, it’s more than just showing up to an office, working from nine to five, leaving and going home. That day of the office has passed us. “

Cooke added, “Now you have a guy that wants to get in his car drive to the office, have an experience to where yes, he does his work, but then he’s able to go outside, have a walk with his coworkers, be able to have connectivity to the community around him — really have all these experiences like you would  envision in a hotel, but now it’s going to be in an office environment.”

3720 Davinci Court

ABOUT DAVINCI COURT

Located at 3720 and 3740 Davinci Court, the property consists of two adjacent office buildings and is within walking distance of several hotels, restaurants and over 500,000 square feet of high-end retail at Peachtree Corners Town Center and The Forum on Peachtree Parkway. Davinci Court is 30 minutes from Midtown Atlanta, 40 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 20 minutes from Buckhead.

To learn more about Davinci Court, go to: davincicourtatl.com/.

Arlinda Smith Broady is part of the Boomerang Generation of Blacks that moved back to the South after their ancestors moved North. With approximately three decades of journalism experience (she doesn't look it), she's worked in tiny, minority-based newsrooms to major metropolitans. At every endeavor she brings professionalism, passion, pluck, and the desire to spread the news to the people.

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Taste of Peachtree Corners: PCBA Showcases Local Restaurants

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Over the past 12 years, the PCBA has awarded 19 scholarships and donated more than $156,000+ back to the Peachtree Corners community.
Photos by Anna del Villar

The Taste of Peachtree Corners has been in the works for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic put many key events on hold for the Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA).

But luckily this year, the dedicated staff of volunteers successfully executed a memorable event and introduced a lot of local business owners to their neighboring restaurants and caterers.

As I walked up to the Community Chest Room at Peachtree Corners City Hall on June 27, there was a line outside the door. I later found out that over 100 people had registered to attend the event. I got checked in quickly and was faced with a “passport” of 10 Peachtree Corners restaurants serving everything from high-end bakery items to good old-fashioned barbecue, and modern twists on seafood and American cuisines.

Let’s talk about the food

The idea was to visit all 10 restaurants and collect stars while trying samples and small plates. My first stop was Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and they had my favorite – homemade chips and queso. The queso was smoky and mildly spicy with a great depth of flavor. What a great start. Next up was Chopt. Creative Salad Co. I had never heard of this restaurant before, but they blew me away with a perfect amuse-bouche of cherry tomato, pesto, mozzarella, and olive oil. These guys understand simple and fresh Mediterranean flavors.

The folks from Marlow’s Tavern were also on-site serving shrimp and grits with jalapeno, spinach and tomato beurre blanc. This is definitely the style of elevated food I’ve come to expect from Marlow’s. And as a nice touch, they prepared a refreshing blueberry cocktail.

Another familiar face was set up on the other side of the room. J.R.’s Log House Restaurant served southern favorites like pulled pork sliders, baked beans and mac n’ cheese. I couldn’t pass this one up. The pulled pork was tender, tangy and saucy. Exactly what I want from a barbecue. Lazy Dog’s table really impressed me with its presentation. The tuna cup with rice, avocado and chili with chips on the side, was a real stunner.

Moe’s Southwest Grill was also on-site handing out tasty tequila lime chicken with rice, avocado, and black beans. This super hearty and comforting entrée was followed by a seafood course from PECHE Modern Coastal. Crab cakes with a croissant pinwheel, roasted garlic and lemon aioli and arugula were on the menu and the flavor combinations were simply fantastic.

PECHE’s sister restaurant STAGE Kitchen & Bar was next door offering a tuna and salmon tostada with avocado, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and cilantro. This was easily one of my favorite bites of the night. The tostada was crunchy and light with clean and bright flavors. No kidding, I could probably eat this every day for lunch.

I moved on the Smoke’s Family Catering and owner Phillip Smoke had whipped up enough barbecue to feed an army.  I had the pleasure of trying the smoked chicken with potato salad and it was the perfect pairing. Last but not least: dessert. I capped off the evening with a beautiful chocolate ganache-filled croissant with perfect lamination and flaky texture.

The inspiration behind the event

With a (very) full stomach, I caught up with PCBA President Lisa Proctor to talk about the event.

“We knew that COVID was really hard on a lot of our restaurants to get people back in,” said Proctor. “We wanted to do it in June because we wanted to celebrate our military. Everybody remembers them maybe on Memorial Day or different things, but June is the 80th anniversary of D-Day.”

“The military is always close to our heart,” she added. “We’re also very proud of our restaurants. They all have gone above and beyond.”

Tonight, the PCBA was honoring the Armed Forces and its brave veterans while bestowing two donation checks to very worthy causes.

The first check for $500 went to Folds of Honor. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has provided life-changing scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled military. And now, their mission expands to the families of America’s first responders.

The second check for $500 was given to Light Up the Corners, a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization with an annual glowing, flashing, blinking, shining, nighttime running party and fundraiser in one.  All proceeds from the event go to benefit less fortunate children and families in the Peachtree Corners community who are struggling by giving them the chance to participate in life-enhancing programs and activities at the Fowler YMCA.

Over the past 12 years, the PCBA has awarded 19 scholarships and donated more than $156,000+ back to the Peachtree Corners community.

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Local Resident Opens AtWork Location in Peachtree Corners

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AtWork, one of nation’s leading staffing franchises, has opened its third Metro Atlanta location in Peachtree Corners, Georgia at 6185 Buford Highway, Suite E-100.

AtWork Peachtree Corners is locally-owned by Kamal Bhatia, an immigrant from India with decades of experience in hospitality and as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Atlanta-based Action Bartending School.

AtWork, one of nation’s leading staffing franchises, has opened its third Metro Atlanta location in Peachtree Corners.
Kamal Bhatia

“There is an incredible need for AtWork’s services in Peachtree Corners,” said Bhatia. “Since migrating here in 1996, I’ve witnessed Atlanta evolve and sprout new communities north of the city, including my own. Peachtree Corners has become a hub for thriving businesses, and my goal with this location is to be a key resource between companies and job seekers to support the continued growth of our local economy.”

Bhatia’s son and daughter will assist him in the business.

“This is an opportunity to create a legacy company to ensure our community is supported for generations to come,” he said.

For more than three decades, AtWork’s mission has been to connect people with jobs and jobs with people. With more than 100 locations nationwide, AtWork puts nearly 40,000 individuals to work each year in administrative, light-industrial, accounting and finance, hospitality, IT and management-level positions at some of the nation’s largest and most recognizable companies.

“We’re proud to open our doors in Peachtree Corners and provide a common place for both job seekers and growing businesses to turn for staffing solutions,” said Jason Leverant, President and COO of AtWork.

“AtWork will serve as a key resource to help employees thrive, businesses prosper and communities flourish. Kamal is the perfect partner to champion our mission and be a servant leader in her local community,” he added.

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Business and Birdies: PCBA to Host PGA Tour Championship Exec.

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Alex Urban, Executive Director of the TOUR Championship in Atlanta

Don’t miss your chance to connect and learn at the Peachtree Corners Business Association‘s (PCBA) After Hours Speaker Series. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and head to the Hilton Atlanta Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092).

This event features guest speaker Alex Urban, Executive Director of the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Urban brings more than just golf expertise to the table. He is a graduate of Clemson and UGA with a background in communications and marketing, and he’s passionate about using his skills for social good.

His talk, “Stewarding to Serve: How Leaders Can Leverage Resources for Community Impact,” promises valuable insights for current or aspiring business leaders.

Plus, the PCBA will be presenting a donation to Paint Gwinnett Pink, a local breast cancer charity making a real difference.

Ticket prices range from $25 for early bird members to $40 for guests.

Register today to secure your spot!

And click here for more PCBA news.

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