Real estate firms Pagewood and Wile Interests have announced a new mixed-use plan that would convert a 10-block network of EaDo warehouses into a pedestrian-friendly hub of bars, restaurants, and shops.
The expansive “East Blocks” development would encompass warehouses along Hutchins Street including Pitch 25 and 8th Wonder Brewery, who’ve already signed on as tenants. The first phase of the project would resort 513,000 square feet to mixed-use space: 196,000 square feet to restaurants and retail; 112,000 square feet to offices; and 205,000 square feet to parking.
For its restaurant and retail space, the design has plans for new glass storefronts, oversized openings, and outdoor patios.
East Blocks would also turn four city blocks into green spaces that connect neighboring buildings, including a dedicated walking and biking loop connecting East Blocks to the Colombia hike and bike trails. .
“East Blocks, a project that is 50 years in the making, will be a pedestrian-friendly hub full of chef-driven restaurants, unique retail boutiques, creative office space, and parks with art for the local community and those visiting downtown and the nearby stadiums to gather,” said founder of Pagewood, Paul Coonrod.
The landscape plan, designed by urban designer and architect group SWA, calls for a pedestrian friendly environment with treelined walkways, shaded awnings, and seating areas.
“By almost every measure, it would be easier to demolish and redevelop these blocks from a clean slate,” said Randolph Wile, President of Wile Interests. “Instead, we, along with our architects, engineers and land planners, chose to embrace the charm and authenticity that is EaDo, and adapt the 80-year-old warehouses to meet code requirements and the desired uses.”
East Blocks is a three-phased project that aims to begin construction in the second quarter of 2024.