January 19, 2024
Triumph Motorcycles and KIPP Public Charter Schools to Join Lee + White in Atlanta’s West End
The U.K.-based motorcycle manufacturer and non-profit school system are among the newest tenants at the adaptive reuse mixed-use village.
ATLANTA, January 17, 2024 – Triumph Motorcycles, a U.K.-based motorcycle manufacturer, and KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, a non-profit network of free, public charter schools, are the latest users to join Lee + White, the BeltLine-adjacent, adaptive reuse mixed-use community in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood. The iconic motorcycle company will relocate its North American headquarters to Lee + White, opening 15,000 square feet of offices, collaborative space and a showroom in Building 1070. KIPP will occupy 7,767 square feet of collaborative office space in Building 1050, and will temporarily occupy space elsewhere at the development during the build-out process.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Porter Henritze and Melanie Garlock completed the Triumph and KIPP leases on behalf of joint owners MDH Partners and Ackerman & Co. Tim Palmer of Lee & Associates represented Triumph Motorcycles. Mike Davis and Michael Tucker from Scotland Wright Associates represented KIPP.
“Lee + White is gaining attention from both global and local users looking for unique space that fosters innovation and inspiration,” said Jeff Small, CEO of MDH Partners. “With proximity to the BeltLine, access to diverse talent in the West End, ample greenspace and unique amenities, there’s nothing else quite like it in the market. Lee + White is proof that there is a healthy appetite for creative space where employees and people want to be.”
Triumph Motorcycles is relocating its headquarters to Lee + White from 100 Hartsfield Center Parkway in Atlanta. The refurbished warehouse space in Building 1070 will include 13,600 square feet of office and collaborative space and a 1,400-square-foot showroom spotlighting Triumph’s history and motorcycle product lines.
“Triumph is super excited to move our North American Headquarters to the Lee + White community,” said Rod Lopusnak, President of North America and Don Carleo, CFO of North America for Triumph. “The Triumph Vision is to be the Premium lifestyle Motorcycle Brand, so everything we do strives to be distinctive, cool, authentic and premium. This park exudes all those attributes, and we fully plan to not only utilize the space in our marketing and training events, but also add to the park’s “coolness factor” with motorcycle and apparel displays.”
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is a network of 11 public charter schools located in the city of Atlanta, that educates over 5,500 metro Atlanta K-12 students. Their mission is that together with families and communities, they create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare scholars with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP’s space at Lee + White will be used as a collaborative office space and to host stakeholders, such as donors, parents and staff.
“We are thrilled to have found a home for our organization with Lee + White. This space will be dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and the continued pursuit of excellence in education for all our scholars and their families. This move symbolizes our commitment to providing the best possible support for our scholars, teachers, leaders, and the entire school community.”
Also in Building 1050 of the mixed-use development, nanotechnology company Carbice opened a 23,367-square-foot headquarters and production facility, and cleantech energy company JTEC Energy Inc. established its 18,755-square-foot headquarters, lab and machine shop earlier this year.
“Lee + White is becoming a magnet for businesses seeking a strategic location with great amenities for their headquarters operations, and Triumph is the latest example. Triumph has a storied history, and it’s exciting to see them join businesses like technology innovators Carbice and JTEC that have established their headquarters at Lee + White,” said Kris Miller, President of Ackerman & Co. “KIPP’s decision to open at Lee + White shows how we’re succeeding in our goal of creating a tenant mix that serves the West End community.”
Acquired by MDH Partners and Ackerman & Co. in September 2019, Lee + White has become a popular destination for its breweries, restaurants and retailers. In the current phase of the redevelopment, the investment partners added a 19-vendor food hall with several stalls now open, more than 200,000 square feet of creative offices, new retail and the “Great Lawn” central gathering and event space. Providing BeltLine access via four direct entrances, Lee + White is located just 0.4 miles from the West End MARTA station and is convenient to all of metro Atlanta’s major interstates, I-20, I-75, I-85 and I-285.
About Triumph Motorcycles
Established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 120 years of motorcycle manufacturing in 2022. For more than three decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes that perfectly blend authentic design, character, charisma and performance.
With more than 83,389 motorcycles delivered in calendar year 2022, and on track to reach a milestone 800 dealers across the world in 2023, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer. Triumph currently employs around 3,000 personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden (Scandinavia), Benelux, Brazil, India, China and Thailand as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and Thailand plus CKD facilities in Brazil and India.
About KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is a network of 11 public charter schools located in the city of Atlanta. Their mission is that together with families and communities, they create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare scholars with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. They believe that every scholar deserves a joyful and excellent education and opportunities that will lead them towards a fulfilling life. Since founding their first middle schools in 2003, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools has been united around one goal: supporting their scholars in developing their academic abilities and ultimately proving what is possible in public education. They also believe that a strong partnership between scholars, parents and educators creates the fabric of an excellent school.
About Lee + White
Reimagining the West End’s former “Warehouse Row,” the 435,581-square-foot Lee + White is Atlanta’s next trendsetting adaptive re-use project. The newest phase of development at Lee + White by co-owners Ackerman & Co. and MDH Partners is bringing creative offices, a food hall, unique retail and expanded BeltLine access, adding to the established businesses that made Lee + White a go-to destination for foodies and beer lovers in the first phase of the development.
This transformation continues in a spirit that recognizes the West End’s rich history, while creating a gathering place for the community and a hub for business. The growing roster at Lee + White includes ASW Exchange, Best End Brewing, Beya Salon Studios, Boxcar, Carbice, A Chiropractic Hub, Cultured South, Doux South Pickles, Grady Health System, Honeysuckle Gelato (production), Hop City, JTEC Energy, Mac Stadium, Monday Night Garage, The Overlook Boulder + Fitness, Plywood People, Team Rehab, Utility Energy Services, Westside Dental and Wild Heaven Beer. Eateries at the Lee + White food hall showcase a mix of local favorites and regional and national concepts. For more information, visit www.leeandwhiteatl.com
About MDH Partners
MDH Partners is an Atlanta-based real estate investment company managing its discretionary funds targeting industrial real estate across the United States on behalf of its institutional investors. Founded in 2005 as the successor to a fifty-year-old local real estate development company, MDH Partners has led and/or participated in over $6 billion (90 million square feet) of acquisitions, developments, and asset management as an advisor and investor. For more information, visit www.mdhpartners.com
About Ackerman & Co.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ackerman & Co. is a privately held, full-service commercial real estate firm focused on providing quality investment, brokerage, management and development services in the Southeast. The company, founded in 1967, retains an expert team of 100 real estate professionals. To date, Ackerman & Co. has developed and acquired more than 40 million square feet of office, medical, industrial, retail and mixed-use space, has 4 million square feet under management, and a growing focus on self-storage investment. For more information, visit www.ackermanco.com
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 52,000 employees in over 400 offices and approximately 60 countries. In 2022, the firm had revenue of $10.1 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.