ATLANTA’S BUCKHEAD MEGA-MAKEOVER

Buckhead has been called the Beverly Hills of the East.

Well, its been heading in that direction for over 100 years. A gourmet dining and designer shopping mecca for many decades, its hotels include Mandarin Oriental, InterContinental, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Hyatt, JWMarriott, and W Hotels. An AC Hotel is under construction. But, the Four Seasons is in Midtown Atlanta.

Well, take a look at these new projects, which will go a long way to ensuring that title (although I must admit Miami may have it for now!)

Let’s take a ride up Peachtree.

But, before we leave Midtown, I want to show you the just released design for 17th & Peachtree mixed-use. At 45 stories, it will be one of the tallest in the southeast with a hotel, residences, offices, and street level retail. Looks like a beautiful project to me.

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11 story and 45 story mixed-use at 17th St in Midtown Atlanta
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Glassy, swanky street level retail at Peachtree & 17th
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Buckhead skyline at sunset: From top left to top right, South Buckhead, Buckhead Village, and Central Buckhead skyline– as viewed from Midtown Atlanta with the Savannah College of Art & Design campus at the center.

South Buckhead

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This map shows Peachtree going north from Midtown Atlanta into South Buckhead. The red sites are under construction or future construction. The blue sites have been recently completed.

 

 

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1781 Peachtree is a good-looking mixed use retail/residential in the Brookwood neighborhood.

Piedmont Hospital

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Piedmont Hospital recently announced their $500 million new tower to be constructed at Collier Road & Peachtree. It will be the Marcus Heart & Vascular Center as well as the new main entrance to the 112 year old hospital. The addition will bring the highly acclaimed hospital to over 600 beds served by 1000 doctors and 4000 healthcare professionals.

 

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Residential tower to be constructed at Peachtree Battle neighborhood.

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Emerson, looking south to Atlanta
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The stunning Emerson interiors.

 

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The Arthur Blank Family Foundation

 

Buckhead Village

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Red sites are current or future construction. Blue sites were completed recently.

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The new retail and office building going up in Garden Hills/ Peachtree Heights, where the much-loved Garden Hills Art Cinema was for many years before a fire destroyed it.

 

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Atlanta International School

 

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Preserve Properties plan to build this 20 story highrise luxury apartment building by Reece Vanderbilt, where the Grand China Restaurant once was. Grand China has moved a few block south into an old home on Peachtree (one of the few that survive).

 

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At the corner of Pharr Road at Peachtree, the Modera Buckhead will rise.

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Venerable Atlanta Fish Market lies between these two new developments.

 

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Pollack Shores is building this apartment building on Pharr Rd.

 

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The deconstructivist design of the Buckhead Branch / Atlanta Library System, is both loved and hated for its edgy architecture, but is safe for now.

 

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475 Buckhead Ave Apartments at Pharr Road.

 

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Already completed is the Allure on Pharr.

 

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359 E Paces Medical Offices in Buckhead Village

 

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371 E Paces offices is planned to be twin towers.

 

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309 E Paces Ferry is a striking adaptive reuse of a 1950’s office building, previously Aaron Rents headquarters.

 

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Buckhead Atlanta Phase II offices

 

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An expansion and renovation of the Billboard Building at the busy intersection of Peachtree, Paces Ferry, and Bolling Roads.

 

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Highly acclaimed Himitsu Buckhead cocktail lounge is here, although getting in is not easy.

Recent Views of Shops Buckhead Atlanta

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Tom Ford on Peachtree
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Spring flowers at the Shops
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Le Bilboquet Patio (Heidi Geldhauser photo)
La Perla Buckhead Atlanta Boutique Grand Opening Party with Town & Country Magazine
La Perla Buckhead Atlanta Boutique Grand Opening Party with Town & Country Magazine

 

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John Portman sculpture and fountain to be installed at newly reconstructed Loudermilk Park

 

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Preliminary design of a new retail/office building for Peachtree & E Paces at Loudermilk Park

 

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Under construction already are the Hanover Apartments, next to the old Buckhead Theatre on Loudermilk Park.

 

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Mixed-use Building at much-loved Henri’s Bakery.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center covers 33 acres and was founded in 1926. It encompasses 3 house museums, 6 permanent exhibitions ranging from architecture, the Civil War, to the 1996 Olympiad, temporary exhibitions, historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center.

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A rendering of the new building for Atlanta’s Cyclorama painting, relocated from Grant Park, downtown, coming next year.

 

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The Swan House was a private residence but is part of Atlanta History Center. It has been used as the setting for several movies including two Hunger Games films.

 

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Highrise residential proposed for Peachtree at Shadowlawn by Reece Vanderbilt Architects

Central Buckhead

The center of Buckhead is already nearly covered with highrise office and residential buildings and two major upscale malls. Still, developers are squeezing in more skyscrapers, restaurants, and mid-rise residential wherever they can. The dramatic new centerpiece of the area will be Central Buckhead Park, to be built over the GA-400 highway. The area is working hard to make the transformation to being pedestrian-friendly.

Central Buckhead

 

 

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The central Buckhead skyline above Atlanta forest cover.

 

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A view up Peachtree Boulevard

 

Disco Kroger redevelopment

No one knows the current shopping center as Piedmont Peachtree Crossing– just Disco Kroger!

In 1980, Peter Gatien opened The Limelight club at the former Harlequin Dinner Theatre, next to a Kroger supermarket. The successful cavernous club featured live animals beneath the dance floor– tigers, sharks, I understand, but, by the time I danced there, it was a uplighted color-blocked dance floor a la Saturday Night Fever.

International, New York, and Hollywood celebrities showed up regularly, so Gatien went on to open Limelight in Manhattan, Chicago and London. Today, the party is just in our minds, but this Kroger retains the Disco Kroger name.

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Limelight Atlanta. The enormous speakers all around were stages to dance, in addition to the main dance floor and the stage itself.

The mixed-use development by Equity One is quite the stunning design– as if the designer could feel the Euro-fabulousness of one night (or many) at Limelight.

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The mixed use development at Disco Kroger
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The mixed use development at Disco Kroger
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This will be the new Disco Kroger.
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The mixed use development at Disco Kroger

 

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New South City Kitchen restaurant on Peachtree Boulevard.

 

Central Buckhead Park

This park is planned to cap the GA-400 highway which splits Buckhead down the middle currently and will go a long way into remaking the area into a walkable environment and a memorable place.

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The preliminary design is strikingly modern.

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A sleek skyscraper planned for next to the new park.

 

One Alliance Center office tower under construction.
Alliance Center office tower under construction.

 

Cyan on Peachtree, with the Mandarin Oriental next door.
Cyan on Peachtree, where Dante’s Down the Hatch’s alligators once lived, with the Mandarin Oriental next door.

 

Phipps Plaza Makeover

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Phipps Plaza finally addresses Peachtree Street after 50 years!
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Almost completed

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1000 Park Ave has been permitted for construction by Reece Vanderbilt Architects

 

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Behind Lenox Square

 

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A new roundabout will improve traffic at Phipps Blvd and Wieuca Rd.  What anyone plans to do about the rest of Buckhead’s traffic is anyone’s guess. Buckhead has just 3 MARTA heavy rail stations and leaders have, thus far, refused the Atlanta Streetcar, except where the BeltLine passes through south Buckhead.

 

 

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A new park has been built a few blocks south of Peachtree and east of Lenox Rd, called simply City Park.
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City Park has several water features.
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AMLI City Place (photo by Micheal Kahn, CURBED Atlanta)

 

Vanquish Lounge
Vanquish Lounge

Buckhead, Fabulous!

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2 thoughts on “ATLANTA’S BUCKHEAD MEGA-MAKEOVER

  1. Where is the Greenspace Infrastructure? “The central Buckhead skyline above Atlanta forest cover” will not exist in the future if we do not plan for the shallow 3-4″ top soil that our Georgia trees must deal with. I would suggest solid GIS studies on the human/wildlife/watershed health feasibility – satellite imagery available free from the USDA and combined with NASA satellite studies on soil and fungi composition to ensure that healthy greenspaces and soils will be planned for that will ultimately provide the “green” natural spaces that are needed to shield us from the rising heat index and carbon sink effects created by this much impervious surface.

    We need passive greenspace, not the cement and 85% impervious surface grass that is depicted in the active recreation “City Park” . Our outdoor festivals, walk/bike passageways and restaurant-lined streets will not be inviting without the canopy-lined streets of our old-growth soil trees and native plants.

    Traffic? Our neighborhood, walking distance from Lenox, once was 5-10 minutes from I-85 during rush hour. It’s now 30 minutes in a car-dependent neighborhood with 1000’s of re-zoned, high-impact homes and apartments that have replaced our lovely greenspaces not yet approved for COO. It’s anybody’s guess what living in this area will be like in 5 years.

    But one thing is for sure- the old majestic trees that are being cut down for faster profit will not return to the health, size and grace of our past. It’s not biologically possible to plant them again without ample space and other companion forests for their roots to grow securely. Trees, like the White Oak and Tulip Poplar, are the keystone of our environmental biodiversity. If we are to preserve our city in a forest, we must plan for the greenspaces and mature overstory trees before development – not after.

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  2. Such a shame we cannot preserve Atlanta as the showplace it has always been. Now, or in the future, just another big metropolis that could be anywhere.

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