There’s always something new in Downtown Atlanta– especially in 2014.
The National Civil & Human Rights Museum and College Football Hall of Fame are both open– and the new Atlanta Streetcar will be opening soon. Along with these major landmarks are coming a plethora of new hotels, retail, restaurants, residences, and bicycle lanes.
Having saved the best for last, two proposals that would change the Old 4th Ward and the Turner Field / Summerhill areas — for the better.
Two luxury apartment / mixed used developments– Post at Centennial Hill and Castleberry Park will provide over 500 apartments a new hotel and retail, located just north and southwest of Downtown at Castleberry lofts Arts District.
Three new hotels will include: Homewood Suites, Hyatt House, and one of the original John Portman office buildings in Peachtree Center will be transformed into an Indigo Hotel. The Georgia World Congress Center ponders an immense luxury hotel addition to its amazing new Atlanta Falcons complex. Simultaneously, historical brick buildings are being transformed into technology hubs.
Chef Marvin Woods, TV host, writer, and chef, is opening a restaurant in the Luckie-Marietta District of Downtown. Asante Restaurant and Lounge began serving just a few weeks ago offering Woods’ “coastal soul” cuisine.
From Eater Atlanta, “I am delighted to bring my style of cooking to Atlanta, which is the best city to appreciate this blend of flavors and genres of cuisine,” Woods said in a prepared statement. “And I think this is exactly the kind of restaurant that Downtown needs-something that is fresh and creative in flavor, yet sophisticated and festive enough to be a destination for both Atlanta locals and its many tourists.”
On Auburn Avenue, retail is opening, new residential is planned, retail and restaurants opening, and streetscapes are being improved.
This is the prime recipient of the Atlanta streetcar. Nearby, a 1960’s apparel corporate office is planned to be transformed into a boutique hotel, and another office building is becoming residential.
Along with these important changes, Georgia State University is continuing its massive building program in Downtown Atlanta.
The GSU Law Building is well underway, and new University Residences are completed. Just announced, GSU is creating a new interdisciplinary creative media institute to bolster Georgia’s growing movie and communications industry, overlooking Woodruff Park.
Finally, on the north side of Downtown, hot Old 4th Ward or O4W as its locally known, continues its complete transformation. The Atlanta Civic Center, where the Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet have performed for many years is slated for removal. One of the proposals, for a mega entertainment/ movie studio complex is shown below. The movie industry has exploded in Atlanta with studio complexes sprouting like mushrooms after a Georgia rain.