We love photographing fresh faces nearly as much as historical gems, and had the pleasure of both at the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Imperial Hotel on Peachtree Street. Jason Hales led the AEP team in getting to know the Hotel, renamed “The Commons at Imperial Hotel,” which now provides permanent housing units for residents who have special needs or are working to overcome homelessness.
Mayor Reed and other community leaders and were on hand to laud the developers who made this possible: Atlanta-based Columbia Residential and National Church Residences of Ohio. A huge benefit of preserving the building for apartment homes is its downtown location, which gives residents access to public transportation, community services and jobs.
More than 200 guests enjoyed tours of the building. We all saw first-hand how supportive housing can function well–and look great!
I was amazed that a building first designed in 1911 as mid-priced lodging for business travelers could be reborn as LEED Gold-certified housing with up-to-date floor plans to suit modern life. We were especially impressed by the common and specialized areas, like a dedicated suite for case managers, a job training office and fitness facilities for residents. The remodel also prioritized energy efficiency to ensure affordable energy bills for residents and long-term sustainability.
The celebration recognized the value of the Imperial’s history and its important purpose going forward, which led to a night of toasts, good food and meaningful conversation. Talk of the Town Catering personalized their presentation with adorable cookies inspired by the building’s former life as a hotel. The pretzels were so good they were nearly half gone by the time we got to them! Peachtree Tents and Events provided much-needed cover on a rainy night.
Kudos to Nikki Graham at FDG Creative for coordinating a successful grand opening event!