Pullman Yard showcase event to share vision with community

Posted by Dena Mellick September 24, 2015
The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Pullman Yard in Kirkwood. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

An event at Kirkwood’s vacant Pullman Yard will show the community a vision of what the transformed property could be.

Atlanta ContactPoint, a non-profit proposing to turn the property into multi-purpose sports fields, office space, arts and greenhouse space, will host a daylong community event on Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“Along with dozens of supporting organizations, we will show a model of how the space can be used to bring the community together through sports, fitness, arts, and education; with an emphasis on the historic preservation of the train yard,” a press release from Atlanta ContactPoint said.

The event at 225 Rogers Street will feature a 90 second “push-up throwdown,” live music, circus arts, a skateboarding area, and yoga, salsa, and dance classes.

The dress code is listed as sneakers. Tickets are free, and organizers are asking people to register in advance. A free shuttle will be transporting people from the Edgewood/CP MARTA station to the event.


As Decaturish previously reported, the Georgia Building Authority currently owns the Pratt-Pullman Yard and hasn’t put the property on the market. It’s being leased to film companies, its vacant buildings serving as a backdrop for apocalyptic films like “The Hunger Games.”

Last year, the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization and the Neighborhood Planning Unit both endorsed a proposal from Pullman Historic Development, LLC to redevelop the historic property into a mixed-use development that includes town homes, recreational space, offices, and restaurants.

Then, Atlanta ContactPoint began sharing its vision for the 25-acre site. Both proposals would seek to preserve the historic structures on the Pullman Yard site.

David Epstein, executive director for Atlanta ContactPoint, previously said that his group would raise the money to purchase the property. He also argued that a developer would have to spend so much upgrading infrastructure at the site that they wouldn’t be able to make a compelling offer to GBA to buy the property.

On Saturday neighbors will get a chance to see what more of what the group is planning.

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Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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  • King Tommen

    ContactPoint needs to, at some point, present a plan for how THEY intend to raise the funds necessary to do the work required to see their vision to fruition, including any remediation necessary. They’ve never presented a compelling case for how they intend to finance the build-out of their concept, or sustain it. “We’ll raise the money” doesn’t mean much when they are also arguing that “it’ll be very expensive for anyone else to improve the site”. The community needs additional density, children in the public schools, and tax revenue. Not a gated-off sports facility for private leagues and wedding receptions.

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