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The transformation of the former Masquerade nightclub and concert venue into a new office complex called The Mill continues, and developers have released dramatic new renderings of the project

Located across from Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward, the site was also the former Excelsior Mill site has been on North Avenue for at least 118 years. The Mill also has direct access to the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine and Historic Fourth Ward Park.

A joint venture of Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty acquired the buildings in July of 2016 and has since led the extensive renovation efforts, which were designed by Smith Dalia Architects.

Exterior steel cladding was custom-milled to reproduce the original historical pattern, while the reopening of large windows has brought daylight deep into the previously darkened interior spaces. Original heavy timber posts, beams and trusses also showcase the building’s mill history. Much of the manufacturing equipment will remain in place, including a heavy-duty gear and pulley system originally used at the property.

“It is exciting to begin to see the adaptation and restoration of these extraordinary buildings take shape,” said Robert Fransen, Managing Partner, Coro Realty. “The Mill is a best-in-class renovation in one of Atlanta’s best Intown neighborhoods. We’re continuing to round out our portfolio with these diverse property types and are proud to preserve this important Atlanta landmark.”

. When completed in first quarter 2020, The Mill will deliver more than 30,000 square feet of open, creative office space thoughtwell. is serving as asset manager, guiding the projects overall branding, messaging and leasing. Scott DeMeyer and Emily Richardson with Colliers International are leading the office leasing.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.