Developments of Excellence Awards

Honoring Bold Innovation & Community Design

2018 Developments of Excellence Nominations are Open

Has a new development changed the face of your neighborhood or made your life easier in some way? Have you worked on a project that could benefit residents, workers, and/or the environment?
If so, nominate that project for a Development of Excellence Award by August 10th.

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ARC’s Development of Excellence awards recognize projects in metro Atlanta that exemplify cutting-edge, livable design that enhance the surrounding community and support the goals and policies of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, metro Atlanta’s long-range, comprehensive blueprint.

Development of Excellence awards are given annually to developers, local governments and other organizations or people who are making the 10-county Atlanta region a better place to live, work and play.

The Great Place award is also presented each year to recognize a community, neighborhood, public space or street that contributes to the region’s character, enhances options for housing, employment or recreation, and serves as a model for future growth.

ARC also presents an LCI Achievement Award, which honors a development or project that significantly advances the implementation of a community’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan.

2017 Recipients

ARC Development of Excellence

Parsons Alley
City of Duluth
Fabric Developers
Vantage Realty Partners
Kronberg Wall

Parsons Alley

Parsons Alley is a mixed-use development that honors Duluth’s history while providing a vibrant, modern place for the community to gather in downtown Duluth.

The development includes 40,000 square feet of retail space surrounding a public plaza filled with artwork. Parsons Allen incorporates the historic Duluth Baptist Church and parsonage built in 1948 and the 1904 Bank of Duluth building.

Parsons Alley is a cornerstone of Duluth’s vision for a walkable town center that evokes a sense of place.

The effort began in the early 2000s, when city leaders engaged the public through a Livable Centers Initiative study to establish a new vision for Duluth’s downtown. This process led to a new City Hall, town green, streetscapes, and private development.

The adjacent Parsons Alley area, owned by the city, was underutilized and seen as ripe for redevelopment. The city primed the property by investing in infrastructure. Meanwhile, the community embraced the area, activating the space with artwork and events.

The development team of Kronberg Wall, Fabric Developers, and Vantage Realty then brought the city’s vision to life. Parsons Alley provides additional connectivity, linking the town green and city municipal buildings at one end to Coleman Middle School at the other.


Exceptional Merit for LCI Achievement

Manor at Broad Street
Prestwick Companies
City of Fairburn

Manor at Broad Street

Each year, ARC presents an award of Exceptional Merit to a community that is making strides in the implementation of its vision, crafted through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). The LCI program provides grants to communities to help them re-envision themselves as more connected, livable places.

Manor at Broad Street, once a brownfield site, was transformed by the city of Fairburn and the Prestwick Companies to implement the city’s LCI vision.

Taking advantage of low-income housing tax credits, the Manor offers affordable housing to lower-income older adults.

The 88-unit facility is fully integrated with Fairburn’s downtown. It’s close to the senior center, post office, library, shops, and several parks. New brick crosswalks were added to improve accessibility, and the site is served by a MARTA bus that runs to the East Point rail station.

“Green” features include low-flow showerheads and toilets, and energy-efficient heat pumps. The Manor also achieved the Southface Energy Institute’s EarthCraft Community Certification and EarthCraft Multifamily Certification.

Exceptional Merit for Catalytic Development

The Battery Atlanta & SunTrust Park
Atlanta Braves

The Battery & SunTrust Park

The 74-acre development is more than a place to catch a game. It’s a thriving, mixed-use development that is home to shops and restaurants, major employers like SunTrust Bank and Comcast, a full-service hotel, more than 500 residential units, and an indoor concert venue.

This new center of activity has spurred other development and contributed to an economic resurgence in the Cumberland area.

Careful planning by Fuqua Development has also brought new connectivity to the area. Elevated walkways and pedestrian bridges span major roads and highways, connecting the Battery to Cobb Galleria Centre and Cumberland Mall.

The property features a command center to help officials respond to traffic flow in real time by adjusting signals. Environmentally friendly touches include energy-efficient LED lighting and large underground storage vaults that capture storm water and gradually release it.

Exceptional Merit for Catalytic Development

North American Properties


It seemed like a symbol of the recession: an unfinished parking garage and piles of dirt that loomed over Alpharetta’s Old Milton Parkway for years.

North American Properties bought the distressed property out of foreclosure in 2011 and set out to create Avalon, an 86-acre mixed-use development that both responds to and catalyzes today’s growing demand for walkable, connected spaces.

Avalon boasts a dense mix of retail, office, dining, and entertainment, as well as single-family townhomes, apartments and a central plaza. Its sidewalks and landscaped paths encourage foot traffic.

Avalon is making strides to connect to its surrounding community. North American Properties worked with MARTA to extend a bus route to the development, and the Alpha Loop bike trail, now under construction, will connect it to downtown Alpharetta.

Sustainable design elements include innovative storm-water runoff management systems and reflective roofing to keep cooling bills down in the summer.

Avalon has proved popular. Its residential and office space is nearly fully leased, and a hotel and conference center are on the way.

Great Place Award

Atlanta University Center
Atlanta University Center Consortium

Atlanta University Center

Every year, ARC presents a Great Place award to a place in the region that enhances metro Atlanta’s character.

The winner of this year’s Great Place award is the Atlanta University Center, the world’s oldest and largest cluster of African-American private colleges.

The AUC Consortium includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Morris Brown College and the Interdenominational Theological Center also share the campus and are significant in its rich legacy. That legacy dates back to the late 1800s when Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown were founded to educate newly-freed slaves.

Many of the original buildings are still in use, and the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The AUC was a wellspring for the Civil Rights movement, producing leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Lonnie King, Julian Bond, and Ruby Doris Smith. Other prominent alumni and faculty include W.E.B. DuBois, Pearl Cleage, Marian Wright-Edelman, and Spike Lee.

The schools of the Atlanta University Center are committed to helping the surrounding neighborhoods, engaging in more than 100,000 hours of community service each year.

Past Winners

2016 Development of Excellence Award
Kronberg Wall Offices, Presented to Kronberg Wall

2015 Development of Excellence Award
Ponce City Market, Presented to Jamestown Properties 

2014 Development of Excellence Award
The Commons at Imperial Hotel, Presented to Columbia Residential, National Church Residences

2013 Development of Excellence Award
Oliver House at Allen Wilson, Presented to the Decatur Housing Authority

2012 Development of Excellence Award
Historic Fourth Ward Park, Presented to the City of Atlanta Departments of Watershed Management and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership; the Trust for Public Land; and the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy

2011 Development of Excellence
Perkins+Will Atlanta Headquarters, Presented to Perkins+Will 

2010 Development of Excellence Award
White Provision, Presented to White Provision Development Company 

2009 Development of Excellence Award
Suwanee Town Center, Presented to the City of Suwanee, Main Street Corners LLC, Madison Retail, and Bowen Family Homes

2008 Development of Excellence Award
Oakland Park, Presented to Urban Realty Partners

2007 Development of Excellence Award
West Village, Presented to the Pacific Group, Inc., Branch Properties of Atlanta, and the Highlands Companies of Alpharetta

2006 Development of Excellence Award
Woodstock Downtown, Presented to Hedgewood Properties and the City of Woodstock

2005 Development of Excellence Award
Glenwood Park, Presented to Green Street Properties

2004 Development of Excellence Award
Metropolis, Presented to the Novare Group and Wood Partners, Inc.

2003 Development of Excellence Award
Technology Square and Centergy, Presented to Gateway Development Services, Kim King Associates, Inc., the University Financing Foundation, and the Georgia Institute of Technology

2002 Development of Excellence Award
Milton Park, Presented to Pope & Land Enterprises and AMLI Residential

2001 Development of Excellence Award
Old Suwanee, Presented to Richport Properties and the City of Suwanee

2000 Development of Excellence Award

  • Lindbergh City Center, Presented to Carter & Associates
  • Monarch Village, Presented to Pathway Communities

1999 Development of Excellence Award

  • Post Riverside, Presented to Post Properties, Inc.
  • Ridenour, Presented to Macauley Properties