My Athens Presents: Share a Coke

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TODAY we are excited to be hanging out with CocaCola and the Share a Coke Kiosk at The Bottleworks! Come visit us to get a personalized Coke bottle with your name on it. Tell your family and grab a few friends! King of Pops will also be there selling their oh so delicious popsicles, we’re hoping they have the chocolate sea salt flavor in stock!! You can invite friends via Facebook here. Follow along with us at @CocaCola and @my_athens, as well as #shareacoke #my_athens.

The reason we chose The Bottleworks for this Share a Coke Tour Stop is because it used to be a Coke bottling plant! In honor of this we have included the history of The Bottleworks listed on their website:

“THE BOTTLEWORKS IS AN ANSWER TO SUBURBAN SPRAWL IN TWO WAYS: NOT ONLY DOES IT SAVE OPEN LAND BY BRINGING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE CITY, IT ALSO WORKS AGAINST THE ISOLATION MANY PEOPLE FEEL IN THEIR SPREAD-OUT, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.? – BOTTLEWORKS RESIDENT, ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

The Bottleworks on Prince in Athens extends this college town’s urban re-envisioning process beyond the fringe of the University of Georgia campus and the historic downtown area. By redeveloping an entire block between the urban core and a neighboring historic residential district, a livable, mixed-use expansion of the original historic urban community was created. The original buildings in The Bottleworks block were constructed beginning at the turn of the 20th century, beginning at the east end of the block. In 1928 the Coca-Cola Company built the main facility and began a bottling operation on Prince Avenue at what was then the edge of downtown Athens. By the 1990s, Coke had amassed several buildings extending over the entire three-acre site.The adaptive use program presented a two-fold design challenge: 1) Creating a livable, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use environment, and 2) Extending and enhancing the urban fabric of downtown Athens. The design integrates office space, retail, restaurant and apartments in six existing buildings, plus a newly designed seventh building to complete the block. A New UrbanismAmong an exhaustive array of other adaptations, the design of the new building echoes the site’s utilitarian past. Street presence was enhanced by the addition of a new story to unify the street line. New entries and windows were added, and a new parking area developed.A portion of an existing roof between buildings was removed, leaving a steel truss structure in place to create an appealing arbor. Private balconies and courtyards create coveted urban seclusion for townhouse residences. Four of the buildings qualified for Historic Tax Credits, and were renovated accordingly. The large windows in the main building facing Prince Avenue, once the public viewing site for the bottling process, were left intact, as well as the original quarry tile bottling floor. I think it’s setting a new quality standard as far as residential mixed-use goes. The new blends so well with the older structures, and there’s been a lot of attention to detail and sensitivity to the historic character of Prince Avenue. It’s an asset to Athens.

Written By: Art Jackson, Executive Director, Athens Downtown Development Authority
Atlanta Journal Constitution”

The Bottleworks is located on Prince Avenue across the street from Taqueria Del Sol and is just a stones throw from downtown. We will be in the center courtyard right next to Hendershots Coffee and Seabear Oyster Bar.