This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Does anyone have any pictures of the old Castlegate? I drove by this damned place thousands of times, wanting to go in, but I never did more than poke around the fenced periphery one time when I was feeling particularly non-ballsy. I don't know where the pictures that I took are, but there weren't many.
Type: Building Status: Demolished Accessibility: Recommendation: You missed it
1750 Commerce Dr NW
United States Owner: Selig Enterprises
Hosted many Star Trak conventions, with guests including Patrick Stewart, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett.
1990, home to large Atlanta New Year's Eve party.
Hosted PHENOMICON 1992, with guests including Willaim Gibson.
Hosted the first Anime Weekend Atlanta in 1994(?)
In 1991 and 1995, it hosted the Georgia State Chess Championship.
It hosted the 32nd annual National UFO Conference on October 15, 1995.
1996, AKITA CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONAL SPECIALTY SHOW.
In the spring of 1997, it was used as a venue to auction off items from the 1996 Olympics.
Around 1998, it changed name to Howard Johnson Midtown hotel.
October 1998, hosted antique radio Mega Swap Meet.
In April of 1999, at least one boxing match was held there.
Sometime around 2001, it was used for military training.
Selig Enterprises purchased the property in 2003. Selig Executive Vice President David Witt outlined a “smart growth,” pedestrian-friendly plan including 300,000 square feet of retail space and 280 apartments. The focus of discussion centered on Witt’s announcement that Wal-Mart would be anchoring the development.
• The single large anchor tenant will be confined to the lower level of the two-level retail section and will not exceed 150,000 gross leasable square feet.
• The upper retail level will consist of several buildings, which will be arranged to create a “boulevard” effect from the Howell Mill Road entrance and no tenant on the upper level shall exceed 70,000 square feet.
• The developer will use “reasonable efforts to secure two restaurant tenants that will utilize outdoor patio seating within the boulevard portion of the retail development.”
• The boulevard will contain a tree-lined median, fountain elements and 90-degree parking “reminiscent of a town center.”
• The project will feature a linear park that will start at the beginning of the boulevard retail area and meander through the retail and residential components to the cul-de-sac on Commerce Drive
• All utility lines and storm water detention facilities will be underground.
• The developer will be incorporating PEDS suggestions for making the development pedestrian friendly and will incorporate four bike racks throughout the project.
• The retail developer has conducted a major traffic study—including 20 intersections in the vicinity—and will update that study based on a Wal-Mart store versus the earlier planned Costco store.
• The developer will install a new traffic signal at the Howell Mill Road entrance and has agreed to pay for a fiber optic synchronization system for traffic signals on Howell Mill from I-75 to Chattahoochee Avenue, and will consider extending the system to Collier Road.
• Selig will perform a hydrology study on the site regarding storm water detention and will study flooding concerns of neighborhoods north of I-75.
• The developers will limit access from the Commerce Drive entrance only to the residential development.
• Selig will provide $100,000 to Berkeley Park for traffic improvements to mitigate impact from the project.
• The developers will comply with the Atlanta tree ordinance and will contribute an additional $5,000 to Trees Atlanta.