As scores of building cranes fly overhead, Atlanta, clearly, is exploding with construction.
At the same time, new project announcements just keep rolling in for big projects all over the city. We will look at just a few in Midtown, O4W, and Downtown.
Between Georgia Tech’s newly opened luxury dorm tower and their Centergy Two tower,
the Modera Midtown tower and the NCR national headquarters are rising in the picture below, near Technology Square.
On 14th Street, in the West Midtown neighborhood of Home Park, adjacent to the main Georgia Tech campus, new plans have been announced for a mixed-use complex with apartments and retail. This is the largest development in Home Park, since the Atlantic Station mega-development was built.
The Atlanta Beltline
announced they are moving forward with the Eastside Trail extension, Westside Trail construction and the South Trail plan to connect them together. What a great day that will be. Popularity of the BeltLine is still soaring, both with resident usage and developer investment.
Recently, plans were announced to build a Boutique Hotel on the BeltLine. According to Business Wire,
“Located at Auburn Ave. and Irwin St., the boutique hotel will feature a rooftop bar with expansive views of the city skyline, two distinct restaurants and, as a nod to Atlanta’s growing reputation as a film and television location, a screening room. Early specifications indicate the hotel also will feature an eating, drinking and shopping promenade facing the Beltline, an underground parking garage and approximately 3,500 square feet of event and meeting space.”
The 140-room hotel will be within walking distance to the Martin Luther Jr King Historic Site, Krog Street Market and the Inman Quarter and was designed to reflect the historic industrial atmosphere of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Kroger announced they are planning to demolish their store on Ponce de Leon at the Beltline (fondly known as “Murder Kroger”) to build a $140 million mixed-use development with 360,000 sf of new industrial-styled offices over a new Kroger, now to be named 725 Ponce.
Incidentally, no one with any sense will miss that old moniker. Before that, we used to call it “Drag Kroger” or “Trans-Kroger”, because you were unlikely to have “just a plain ol’ woman” to check you out! Few remember that the Ansley Kroger used to be called “Crisco Kroger”, so people do, eventually, forget nicknames…
the new Hotel Indigo has opened at Peachtree Center. Inside, guests are treated to John Portman’s regeneration of the legendary Midnight Sun Scandinavian restaurant from the 1960’s.
Just announced, a new Canopy by Hilton Hotel on Marietta Street.
Also, we reveal the first design renderings for the new State of Georgia Judicial Complex.
Preliminary Design Selected:
I would like to have reused the modernist Archives building, while adding a deconstructivist steel and glass sculptural addition, think Thom Mayne/Morphosis or Coop Himmelb(l)au.
But it is a State of Georgia building, not City of Atlanta.
And nothing says “Supreme Court” like a Roman Temple, huh?