Krog Street Market developer plans redo of aging Atlanta hotel

The developer of Atlanta’s Krog Street Market plans to convert an aging extended stay hotel in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of the city into an eclectic boutique hotel.

Atlanta-based Paces Properties said it has signed a deal with Texas hotelier Liz Lambert and her Austin-based hospitality company Bunkhouse to retrofit the aging Intown Suites extended stay hotel overlooking I-85. The new and as-yet-unnamed hotel will feature 162 rooms 48 commercial studio office spaces.

Bunkhouse is the hospitality firm behind Austin’s unique Austin Hotel and Hotel Saint Cecelia. Bunkhouse’s properties combine adaptive reuses of interesting structures and sometimes blend lodging types. It’s El Cosmico resort in Marfa, Texas, for instance, mixes trailers, yurts, safari tents and tepees.

“We think it brings a new lodging option to Atlanta that heretofore wasn’t here,” Merritt Lancaster, a Paces executive, said in an interview.

The 1960s-era exterior-entry lodge is on Piedmont Circle NE near Cheshire Bridge Road.

A design and concept for the hotel is expected to be announced later in the year.

“It’s a rare opportunity to get to reinvent a classic mid-century motor court hotel — there aren’t many left in the country — and we can’t imagine a better partner in the project than the Paces team,” Lambert said in a news release.

The Intown Suites is an operating hotel and is occupied by about 70 to 80 people who have lived in the hotel for more than a year, Lancaster said. He said his firm is working with Action Ministries to provide assistance in finding new housing if necessary.

In an email, Marvin Nesbitt Jr., a senior vice president at Action, said “the ultimate goal of this partnership is to ensure that the residents residing at the Intown Suites are successful in navigating the relocation process.”

Action’s housing team, he said “will be assisting this group of residents with identifying permanent housing options and overcoming potential barriers to securing options that best meet their needs and provide long-term stability.”

The hotel is expected to close April 15, and re-open in 2019.

In other local development news:


AJC Business reporter J. Scott Trubey keeps you updated on the latest news about economic development and commercial real estate in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Hartsfield-Jackson to rebid CNN contract
Hartsfield-Jackson to rebid CNN contract
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to extend its contract for CNN Airport Network programming airing around the terminal and concourses, as it makes plans to rebid the contract. Atlanta-based CNN’s current contract for network news broadcast system at the Atlanta airport started in 2006. The contract was due to expire in 2016 and...
Ex-Equifax exec is arraigned and freed; pleads not guilty
Ex-Equifax exec is arraigned and freed; pleads not guilty

Jun Ying sat silently in court Thursday while Magistrate Judge Linda Walker debated the merits of letting him await trial a free man. The slightly built Ying, the former chief information officer of a sizeable Equifax unit, wore a tieless, blue dress shirt, black, beltless pants and a chain that bound his ankles. He was indicted Tuesday on charges...
Mercedes announces innovation lab as it opens Sandy Springs HQ
Mercedes announces innovation lab as it opens Sandy Springs HQ

Mercedes-Benz will open an innovation lab in metro Atlanta to dream up new products and business lines, a surprise announcement Thursday that came as the German automaker opened its glistening new North American headquarters in Sandy Springs. Lab1886, a reference to the year the founders of Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler Group, built the first...
High Museum photography exhibit features views of Hartsfield-Jackson
High Museum photography exhibit features views of Hartsfield-Jackson
A new photography exhibit that debuted this month at the High Museum of Art features images of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The exhibit, called “Mark Steinmetz: Terminus” at the Atlanta museum running March 3-June 3 includes more than 60 works by Steinmetz, an Athens-based photographer. The exhibit is located on the lower level...
Mercedes-Benz USA to open Sandy Springs headquarters
Mercedes-Benz USA to open Sandy Springs headquarters

Mercedes-Benz USA on Thursday will hold a ceremonial opening its permanent home in Sandy Springs, a North American headquarters that will eventually house about 1,000 high-paid corporate jobs. The $93 million complex at Abernathy and Barfield roads near Ga. 400 is a calling card for company, and a symbol of the company’s new start in metro Atlanta...
More Stories