RCV Development

The Property

JOURNEY TO THE VILLAGE

JOURNEY TO THE VILLAGE

The first of multiple locations for RYSE Creative Village is the former Atlanta Public School (APS), Preston Arkwright Elementary. Named after the first President of Georgia Power, the school was built in the heart of Southwest Atlanta’s Venetian Hills community.

The school established a strong relationship with its neighbor Fort McPherson Military Base, giving students access to powerful leaders who often visited the school to provide mentorship.

The school ultimately closed its doors in 2004 as APS moved to consolidate schools within the Southwest Community.

Over the past 16 years since its closure, the vacant property has served as a haven for criminal activity, dumping, squatting and has been an eye sore to neighboring residents.

RYSE’s acquisition of the former school property brings new life to the building and has sparked enthusiasm within the Venetian Hills community, who unanimously voted in support of APS moving forward with the sale of the property to the company.

Throughout the process, RYSE’s leadership team has worked closely with the local community association and the Neighborhood Planning Unit to develop a comprehensive development plan that involves and engages the community, ensuring residents and local small businesses are all able to participate in the growth RYSE Creative Village will bring the neighborhood, surrounding area and Atlanta’s creative community.

YEAR BUILT 1955
SF (CURRENT) 30,892
SF (COMPLETED) 42,000
LAND 4.07 ACRES
LOCATION SW ATLANTA

NEIGHBORING RESOURCES

NEIGHBORING RESOURCES

Home to Tyler Perry Studios, Areu Bros. Studios, Pittsburgh Yards, the MET and the developing West End Mall redevelopment projects, Southwest Atlanta is becoming vital to not only the local economy, but to the entire state.

Add to that, institutions including Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta Technical College, and the Atlanta University Consortium (AUC) which are all helping to further develop the local pipeline of innovative talent, it is clear to see why Southwest Atlanta is becoming known as the ‘Creative Corridor.’

SOUTHWEST ATLANTA

An Opportunity Zone ripe with true potential.

SOUTHWEST ATLANTA

An Opportunity Zone ripe with true potential.

SOUTHWEST ATLANTA

An Opportunity Zone ripe with true potential.

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01
TYLER PERRY STUDIOS
330-Acre Film Production Studio w/ 12 Sound Stages. (2.6 miles)
02
AREU BROS. STUDIOS
60-Acre Film Production Studio w/ 200,000 sq. ft. of Soundstage Space. (4.9 miles)
03
LEE + WHITE
500,000 sq. ft. Food & Beverage District. (1.9 miles)
04
PITTSBURGH YARDS
31-Acre Co-working Space & Small Business Incubator. (2.8 miles)
05
OAKLAND CITY MARTA STATION
Direct access to Downtown Atlanta & Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. (1.4 miles)
06
FORT MAC REDEVELOPMENT
Planned Commercial, Retail & Residential Development. (2.3 miles)
07
WEST END MALL REDEVELOPMENT
Planned 12-Acre Mixed Use Development. (2.5 miles)
08
MURPHY'S CROSSING
Planned 20-Acre Mixed Use Development. (1.1 miles)

Project Plan & Progress

Project Plan & Progress

YEAR 2004

ARKWRIGHT ELEMENTARY PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Preston Arkwright Elementary is permanently closed due to declining enrollment. Students are redistricted to neighboring elementary schools.

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YEAR 2017

APS DEEDS TRANSFERRED

Shortly after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes office, she releases the property deeds from the City of Atlanta to Atlanta Public Schools (APS), ended multi-year dispute with the previous administration.

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YEAR 2018

POTENTIAL LOCATION FOR RCV

After an extensive search, the Arkwright Elementary School property is identified as a potential location for RYSE Creative Village’s first location.

LETTER OF INTENT ISSUED TO APS

RYSE begins the purchase process on the former Arkwright property, issuing a Letter of Intent to APS.

RYSE RECEIVES NPU SUPPORT

After months of meeting with community residents, RYSE leadership receives a unanimous vote from NPU-S in support of the RYSE Creative Village project, issuing a Letter of Support to APS.

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YEAR 2019

BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTE

The Board of Education vote to approve APS entering into contract with RYSE for the potential sale of the Arkwright property.

PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT EXECUTED

RYSE and APS officially enter into contract. The due diligence process begins.

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YEAR 2020

PROPERTY AQUIRED

RYSE (RYSE Media House Holdings, LLC) officially closes on the Arkwright property and begins pre-development.

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YEAR 2021

GROUND BREAKING

Phase I construction scheduled to begin.

PHASE I CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE

Phase I of RYSE Creative Village scheduled to open in Summer 2021.

PHASE II CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

Phase II construction begins on the co-living affordable housing in Fall 2021.

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YEAR 2022

PROJECT COMPLETE

Phase II Co-living housing of RYSE Creative Village is completed in Spring of 2022. Units opened for tenants to move in.

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WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS COMMUNITY