IS ATLANTA ON THE VERGE OF A SUPERTALL? NEW HOTELS. ALSO, MARTA PLANS!

Atlanta Tower Now Planned to Reach 70 Stories.

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This is the site for the new building, with the Symphony Tower, center, an the Four Seasons Hotel, right.

The new building is expected to be over 900 feet– because many of the ceiling heights will be unusually tall.

If, it reaches 984 feet tall, it becomes classified as a Supertall, the latest rage in skyscrapers globally, especially in New York which is in a Supertall frenzy.

Atlanta only has one supertall at the present, the Bank of America Plaza at 1,023 ft. The Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in the southern United States, and the tallest in any state capital in the United States. Actually, it is the tallest building outside New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Only those few cities have supertalls, in the US, though many are being built overseas.

It will also be the first 70 story tower in Atlanta since John Portman’s 1976 Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, which was, for many years, the tallest hotel in the world.

The building will be in Midtown Atlanta, on 14th St, behind Symphony Tower, and across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel. It is part of a trio of towers announced a few years ago, but now it is being designed by Perkins & Will, noted Atlanta architects. Part of the tower will be a very high end hotel, rumored to be a Park Hyatt or even a Waldorf-Astoria.  Much of the tower is highly likely to be luxury condominiums. According to sources, the retail component has been expanded to 90,000 sf to include a movie theater, live music venue and upscale bowling alley.

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Rendering of previous plans by Aquitectonica. The tallest tower is now planned to grow by 10 stories and the design will likely change with the new architects, Perkins & Will. The site is uphill from One Atlantic Center which is 50 stories and the 3rd tallest skyscraper in Atlanta at 820 ft, designed by Phillip Johnson, the “father of modern architecture”.

While we are on the Supertall subject– rumor has it, that an announcement for the tallest building in Buckhead is coming soon .

(Sorry, there is no more information available. Such a tease!)

Across the street, a dual-branded AC Marriott/Moxy Hotel is under construction next to the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Back at 14th Street and Peachtree, Dewberry has plans to add a 6 story addition to the 21 story Campanile tower and massive retail at its base.

The retail addition actually makes so much sense considering 10,000 luxury apartments are being built along with NCR global headquarters and many other technology-based businesses exploding now at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, a few blocks south.

Already, midtown landmark Colony Square has announced plans to expand and renovate, removing it’s roof to become an open air urban shopping experience.

 

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The corner at 14th & Peachtree as Dewberry plans.
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Juniper at 13th St.
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A view along 14th Street.
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Site plan shows the tower located diagonally on the site allows plenty of room for the two level retail additions.

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Campanile with it’s 6-story addition, to become a 27-story tower.

Just a few hundred feet away two luxury high-rise apartment towers are under construction down 14th Street with a Whole Foods urban grocer.

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In related news, a new hotel has just been announced to be built next to, and just south of, the fabulous Fox Theatre.

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It will be 18 stories with 238 rooms and street level retail with a 2nd floor bar overlooking Peachtree Street. Noble is the developer, though no word has been released about the hotel’s branding. The review committee has recommended design revisions to make it relate better to its historic context.

 

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Also, there is a proposed plan for a boutique hotel on Historic Baltimore Row, at the previous Rosser Intl Architects & Engineers Building.

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Baltimore Row is the last remaining historic row houses in Atlanta. Next door will be the boutique hotel in a later old building.

 

Recently, the design for the adaptive reuse of Excelsior Mill (previously Masquerade) on North Avenue, next to Ponce City Market was released, and looks hip and spot on!

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Finally, for this blog entry, the latest and greatest MARTA Plans have been released.

This is what every Atlantan has been waiting for.

Infill stations on the existing MARTA heavy rail line that will add convenience, riders, and transit-oriented districts. Rehabilitation of MARTA stations that need more space, conveniences, or aesthetic improvements.

MARTA will integrate the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Streetcar to create a cohesive transit system in and around the City of Atlanta. Options for light rail include, portions or all of the BeltLine loop, Crosstown Midtown Line along North Ave, the Crosstown Inner loop which extends the existing streetcar east and west to the BeltLine. Cliffton Corridor would only be built if DeKalb County comes to the table. There are two ideas for Bus Rapid Transit: One runs north-south along Northside Dr., the other is the I-20 East BRT.  Also, extending the heavy rail west to the Perimeter.

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North Ave will likely get a dedicated lane light rail transit line from Historic Old 4th Ward Park to the new Westside Quarry Park.

 

See the maps below, the top map shows rail and bus rapid transit, lower map shows improved bus services. There will certainly be much more information to come, but this will be the game changer for our incredible city!

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2016 MARTA Rail Map showing new infill stations, light rail transit, bus rapid transit, and extended heavy rail transit.
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Expanded Bus Transit Services

FOR NOW, CIAO!!!

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