For the AJC
Duluth’s 30,000-square-foot restaurant and retail district known as Parsons Alley was the winner of the Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council’s Development of Excellence Award. Last year’s ULI winners included Ponce City Market and the Porsche Experience Center. The ULI jury included about 20 development and design professionals who recognized and rewarded the blend of new design and respect for the old in Duluth’s downtown spaces.
Mayor Nancy Harris along with Council Members Marsha Bomar, Greg Whitlock, Billy Jones, and Jim Dugan accepted the award along with development partners, Kronberg Wall, Vantage Realty, Fabric Development, and Weissman at the awards ceremony Sept. 14. Also present was Downtown Development Autnority Chairman Rob Ponder and Economic Development Manager Chris McGahee.
The ULI Awards for Excellence program recognizes an outstanding real estate development project or initiative that exemplifies the ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. The awards recognize the full development process of a project including construction, economic viability, marketing, and management, as well as design.