Intown Atlanta Design & Construction Update

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.

Modera left and NCR right
photo credits: choijiho@gmail



Looking south from 1oth St on West Peachtree toward the new Alta Midtown at Peachtree Place.


Looking north on West Peachtree to the new Alta Midtown tower under construction. On the left, beyond, is a Michael Graves designed office building.


Alta Midtown


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Alta Midtown retail


Alta Midtown rendering


Seventh Midtown condominiums on Peachtree St looking south toward downtown.


Seventh Midtown condominiums
Seventh Midtown condominiums nearing completion


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.

Bobby & June’s will be coming down…


Pollack Shores 14thst
…and the new Pollack Shores development going up. Quite a change.

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.

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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.

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Boutique Hotel planned to be built on the Atlanta BeltLine
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Another view of the BeltLine Boutique Hotel


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…

BeltLine Kroger Mixed-use, with Ponce City Market just across the BeltLine. One day, light-rail transit with take out that row of imaginary trees.


BeltLine Kroger Mixed-use, next to the old Ford Factory, which has been lofts and retail since the ’90’s


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.

Belle, an abstract sculpture by John Portman greets guests to the Hotel Indigo as they enter from Peachtree Street.


The Lobby Bar has a suspended canopy and more artwork by Portman.


A grand glass stairway connects floors.


JP Atlanta, with executive chef Julio Delgado, previously chef of the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and Chateau Elan.


Just announced, a new Canopy by Hilton Hotel on Marietta Street.

Canopy Hotel, Luckie-Marietta District


Luckie-Marietta District near Centennial Olympic Park
Luckie-Marietta District near Centennial Olympic Park


Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC


Mercedes-Benz Stadium


Mercedes-Benz Stadium


Also, we reveal the first design renderings for the new State of Georgia Judicial Complex.


The Georgia Capitol looking toward the site of the new Supreme Court, with last year's Liberty Plaza between.
The Georgia Capitol looking toward the site of the new Supreme Court, with last year’s new Liberty Plaza between.



Site Plan
Site Plan


Preliminary Design Selected:


New $110 million judicial complex by Stevens & Wilkinson with Robert A.M. Stern, (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 10th & Peachtree).                                             For a neo-classic pile, it’s not entirely terrible.


The mid-century modern Georgia Archives building to be demolished.
However, one of my favorites, the mid-century modern Georgia Archives building will soon be demolished.

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.

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But it is a State of Georgia building, not City of Atlanta.

And nothing says “Supreme Court” like a Roman Temple, huh?





2 thoughts on “Intown Atlanta Design & Construction Update

  1. Love your blog… but will have to disagree about Murder Kroger nickname ever going away. Recall they spend all those millions on the renovation, pavement, marketing materials to brand it “Beltline Kroger” and then someone else got murdered in the parking lot during broad daylight on a weekday just a few months ago. Nothing they do will ever rid it of the nickname – and also because every Kroger in Atlanta has a nickname. Crisco was called Cruise Kroger after that… and now is called Krogay (which just rolls on the tongue – no pun intended). Anyway, I just bought this for myself and for my best friends birthday, along with 909 other orders in the first short-term campaign. – it is supposed to deliver tomorrow!! 🙂


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