ATLANTA-Locally based Integral Group LLC has demolished the fabled 100-room Palamont Motor Lodge and started site work on the planned $45-million Renaissance Walk at Sweet Auburn redevelopment project. Area historians tell GlobeSt.com it is the most ambitious mixed-use reconstruction project ever attempted on legendary Auburn Avenue.

The project in the Historic Martin Luther King Jr. District will have 159 one-bedroom and two-bedroom condominium and loft homes, 27,000 sf of retail, a five-level parking deck, a small history center and a swimming pool. Condo units will start at about $250,000. Thirty-two affordable housing-designated units will be in the $100,000 range or less.

Big Bethel AME Church is the primary developer. Integral, headed by Egbert L. J. Perry, is leasing a major portion of the Auburn Avenue redevelopment corridor from the church, as GlobeSt.com previously reported.

The Palamont was a 38-year-old property that housed African-American guests Downtown during the area’s legal segregation era prior to the 1960s civil rights movement. The church bought the hotel in 2003 when it began acquiring other properties for the planned redevelopment project.

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