Weak housing market places CityPlace project on hold

After more than a year of meetings with neighborhood representatives and obtaining city permits, Miami-based Related Cos. and Atlanta-based Cousins Properties have put on hold CityPlace at Buckhead condominium project until the housing market recovers. The project is planned for Roxboro road near the MARTA station and Lenox Square mall.

“Right now the market is telling us its not time to start construction,” said Lee Hodges, vice president and director of operations for Related’s Atlanta division.

He predicted there is enough condo supply for the next two years.

The project’s information center, however, will remain open.

Hodges saidCityPlace will regain momentum when the market recovers. The building permit is good, and the first of nine planned buildings is designed.

First announced in March 2006, CityPlace is planned for an 18-acre site; it is bordered on the east by Roxboro Road and on the south by East Paces Ferry Road. This represents the first project Related planned for Atlanta. Cousins, which recently partnered with Related, became a partner in the CityPlace development last year. The two companies also plan to join forces on two condo towers in the Terminus project at Peachtree and Piedmont Roads.

LowCountry Barbecue promotes Buckhead resident

Buckhead resident Ed Ruus has been named director of operations of LowCountry Barbecue Inc. by President Johnny Ham.

Ruus has more than 25 years experience in the food service industry and joined the Smyrna, GA-based barbecue firm in 2002.

Ruus, a long-time Atlanta resident, and his wife Diane have a daughter Michelle and son Elliott and live near Chastain Park in Buckhead.

LowCountry Barbecue specializes in creating memorable private and corporate events featuring excellent food and exceptional service. LowCountry Barbecue also offers carry out or delivery from its locations in Buckhead and the company headquarters in Smyrna.

The Fish Store and More moves after 20 years

After 20 years at 3145 Peachtree Road, N.E. in Buckhead, The Fish Store and More has moved to Sandy Springs. The new location is at 6600 Roswell Road in the Courtyard complex.

The Fish Store and More is known for stocking one of the areas most varied freshwater and saltwater fish along with hard-to find-corals, aquariums and supplies.

The reasons given for the move from Buckhead were parking and traffic. The store is open six days a week and is closed on Tuesdays.