Smyrna, Ga. -- A groundbreaking ceremony has officially launched construction on Belmont, a 48-acre mixed-use development that will feature restaurants, retail shops, single-family homes and luxury rental apartments on the site of the former Belmont Hills Shopping Center in Smyrna, Georgia.
The development will include a 153-home single-family residential subdivision by David Weekley Homes; a 274-unit luxury apartment community by Wood Partners; and a 47,593-sq.-ft. neighborhood retail center, which developer Halpern Enterprises will build.
The site is already the location of Smyrna Elementary School, which has more than 900 students and opened last year. It once featured Belmont Hills Shopping Center, a well-known shopping destination in Cobb County. The 480,000-sq.-ft. center, which opened in 1954 and was purchased by Halpern Enterprises in 1967, eventually became functionally obsolete and was leveled two years ago to make way for the new development.
“This location has continued to improve in recent years as high-quality projects have been built throughout Smyrna, spurred on by the city’s investment in its downtown,” said Steve West, Halpern Enterprises’ VP of Development. “And now, the planned Braves development about two miles away will only add to the area’s quality of life for people to live, work and play.”
The housing developments at Belmont, located at the intersection of Windy Hill Road and Atlanta Road, are set to take shape over the coming year.
The neighborhood retail center is slated to have the first spaces completed in the summer of 2015. Halpern expects the spaces to be primarily occupied by local retailers and restaurants that will cater to the surrounding neighborhoods.