Around 2010 however, the Edgewood corridor began to reawaken, a steady turnaround that began with a clutch of restaurants and bars and eventually bloomed with linkage a few blocks away to the city’s first modern streetcar line. Around 2013, Corcoran Ota had a hand in redeveloping a small part of it — turning an abandoned retail space into the South’s first legal distillery in more than 100 years.
Dubbed Old 4th Distillery, proprietors Greg and Jeff Moore planned to carve out a place in Atlanta history in the derelict building, but ended up first having to carve out the floor of the property. “The brothers ordered a proprietary distilling system from Germany but found that the equipment was about two feet too tall for the building,” says Michael Rooks, architect on the project. “They tried again with more traditional equipment, but it was still too tall. So, we had to lower the slab about two feet. We weren’t sure the building would stand up to it…but happily it did.”