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.
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.’
An Opportunity Zone ripe with true potential.