Change in the form of new restaurants and nightlife is afoot for the Historic West End, and it will never be quite the same.
In May, long-proposed efforts to make this pocket of southwest Atlanta a community improvement district and the boost economic development became a reality with approval from the Atlanta City Council, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The inaugural meeting of the newly-formed community improvement district met in July.
CIDs are tax districts and, with this creation of a new one for the Historic West End, property taxes will be raised. Allocated money will be used for several things: adding more green space into the community, hiring police officers and making sidewalks more pedestrian and bike-friendly.
Eyes have been on this often-overlooked community, known for being in close proximity to the Atlanta University Center, in recent months. Redfin dubbed West End as one of the hottest neighborhoods in Atlanta. With current developments in the works, and one already completed, the Historic West End is undergoing true transformation. Projects include:
One of the first businesses to make its debut along the Westside Trail, Lean Draft House opened for business on June 16. Lean Draft House, located on Hopkins Street directly across from Gordon White Park, is a pub and features 20 local craft beers on tap and a taco-centric menu along with nachos, elote and yuca fries. This pub, with motorcycle-themed decorations, sits at the zero mile mark of the Westside Trail.
A rendering of the Monday Night Brewing manufacturing facility in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood. The facility, which overlooks in westside trail of Atlanta BeltLine, will open in September.