Atlanta Business Chronicle | MET attracts more than 150,000 square feet of new office, retail, maker and artisan tenants as Atlanta warehouses transform into creative mixed-use

When Asa Candler built the Candler Warehouse in Atlanta in 1914, it was the largest single structure in the country under one roof. At the time, its purpose was to house agricultural products and support struggling Georgia farmers.

Now known as the MET, the 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse is home to over 150 tenants including entrepreneurs, office tenants, architects, galleries and, in spring of 2020, the new Atlanta location for the James Beard award-winning Rodney Scott’s BBQ.

For Carter Developments’ president and CEO Scott Taylor, the warehouse is continuing its original purpose by serving as a place for Georgia’s workforce to thrive within an authentic, storied location.

Carter purchased the ME, adjacent to the West End MARTA station and blocks away from I-20 and the 75-85 Connector, in June 2018. The company has already invested in significant property improvements including opening a new entrance on Murphy Ave., increasing access to the site for the neighborhood and surrounding community, enhancing security, transforming a 100-year-old loading dock into a community courtyard with landscaping and seating, structurally reinforcing the 100-year-old water tower, replacing roofing and adding a dog park.

As a result, the MET has attracted more than 150,000 square feet of new office, retail, maker and artisan tenants such as Land of a Thousand Hills, MINT Gallery, KMM & Co. Leather Goods, Mammal Gallery, La Bodega and others.

“Over the last decade, the way we work has changed,” Taylor said. “Employees want to work in buildings with character and a story. Refurbished warehouses grant employers an edge in attracting and retaining employees by offering a cool place to work. The story of the MET is continuing to evolve, and we think all types of tenants enjoy being a part of that story.”

The MET at a glance

  • 1.1 million square feet of existing space on 40 acres

  • Types of space available: office, creative, retail and restaurant

  • Tenants signed include: Land of a Thousand Hills; Rodney Scott’s BBQ; KMM & Co.; Mammal Gallery; La Bodega; MINT Gallery; Fruition Hat Company; Chil & Co.

  • Existing tenants include: Mill & Forge; Danger Press; Mutiny Artwrx; Zombie Cat; Fresh Structures; Atlanta Printmakers Studio

Source: Scott Taylor, Carter Developments president and CEO

By Janet Jones Kendall, Atlanta Business Chronicle

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