MARTA RAIL STATION TO HOUSE ‘SHIPPING CONTAINER VILLAGE’
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is providing space for a new development of small businesses and startups at its westernmost rail station, Hamilton E. Holmes. Over a dozen repurposed shipping containers will provide around 6,500 square feet of retail and office space.
MARTA is partnering with the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta to create this iVillage as part of broader effort to transform the westside. Atlanta was awarded a $10 million federal grant to improve the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor. The space will sit adjacent to H. E. Holmes Station on the MLK Drive side in a large parking lot that isn’t needed for MARTA parking. In addition to the repurposed containers, the area will include a giant chess set surrounded by benches and green space for public events.
Project coordinators are encouraging entrepreneurs, startup owners, and innovators to apply for lease space. Applications are being accepted now on www.investatlanta.com The iVillage should be completed by the spring of 2019.