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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.
Recent Views of Shops Buckhead Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.