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Midtown on the Build

An update on three major construction projects in Midtown Atlanta

It’s nice to see so many cranes in the Midtown skies these days. Three major projects are in mid-construction and a fourth, Novare Group’s “100 6th Street” apartment high-rise, is in the planning stages.

The first to break ground was the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel last August.

The hotel has created some 200 construction jobs and will provide more than 100 full-time jobs when it's complete and ready to open in early 2013. Both hotels, which have replaced a parking lot located at 10th and Williams streets, have been constructed at the same time within a 12-story tower. 

Combined, the hotels will have 226 units and will feature a 110-seat restaurant and lounge, an outdoor pool and spa, and fitness center.

The first four stories of the property will be parking and the hotels will occupy floors 5 through 12. Access to the hotels will be from Williams Street and guests will exit onto 10th Street.

Two luxury apartment buildings are being built just a few blocks away, including "SkyHouse Midtown," a $60 million high rise apartment building that is being constructed on the corner of West Peachtree and 12th streets. The 23-story high-rise from Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Company will house 320 apartments and include 8,400 square feet of ground-level retail space (mostly facing 12th) in addition to a free-standing parking deck.

SkyHouse represents one of the largest private construction projects currently underway in Atlanta and is being designed to maximize its appeal while minimizing its impact on the environment. The Energy Star high rise looks to be about 15 floors up as of now and will also boast Atlanta’s tallest amenity deck. It will also have a pool and sitting 230 feet above street level, it will provide 360 degree unimpeded views of Atlanta’s skyline.

Construction is expected to be completed by December of this year or in early 2013.

And just a few blocks east, the Daniel Corporation and Selig Enterprises are teaming up to deliver the 22-story apartment tower, "77 12th." The 330-unit tower will have 20,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, which will curve along 12th Street and Crescent Avenue.

The $82 million project is set to be complete by early 2013. By then hopefully, maybe construction will have begun on “100 6th Street,” the proposed 23-story 320-unit luxury high-rise apartment tower to be located at the northwest corner of 6th and Juniper streets.

That way, the cranes will remain a Midtown skyline fixture.

See the accompanying video by Immovable Media, Inc., for a peek at the current progress of these three Midtown construction projects

Are you excited about all the construction in the Midtown these days?

James May 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I am very excited to see Midtown add more density and vibrancy. I even have no problem and even welcome Novare's bland repetitive architecture. I do however have HUGE problem with them building a block-long parking deck in the neighborhood and in a very residential area of Juniper.
Marc Acampora May 23, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I think the general consensus I am hearing is that the neighborhood is excited about the 100 6th street project and would support it, but, 7th, Juniper, and 6th must all be lined with retail/restaurants and the deck must be hidden for the Novare project to be acceptable. This concept has been a goal of the neighborhood for many years and is just good urban design. We cannot accept anything less and Novare needs to incorporate this into the design now rather than promote an inferior design.
JonC May 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
At the risk of sounding naive, what can we as neighborhood residents do to lead the fight for a more acceptable 100 6th Street design?
Immovable Media May 23, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Thanks for linking our video!!!
Lisa Bankoff May 23, 2012 at 04:12 PM
With all of the construction in the Midtown area causing the restricted use of 10th and the closure of 12th streets west bound, it would help traffic flow and congestion on 14th and 10th if 13th were temporarily changed to one-way west bound rather than remaining one-way east bound. This would allow north bound traffic to have an additional way to move westerly without using either 10th or 14th to get to I-75 north. I believe that it would also lessen congestion on west bound 10th and 14th and also on W. Peachtree north of 8th up to 17th. Lisa
Teyeger May 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
You can go to NPU and BZA meeting and speak against it, but its really all just for show. If the DRC/Bureau of Planning approves them (and I believe they have), then there is very very little that neighborhood input can change.
Thom May 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I attended the DRC meeting when 100 6th Street was presented. The comment from the developer was the corner of 7th and Juniper is "unmarketable as retail space!" I think what he meant to say was "we can't charge as much as we want to we won't make it retail. While I might have to agree Teyeger that they will probably be approved as presented, huge nieghborhood outcry STILL DOES weigh in. I've not seen this project come before the MNA Land Use and Board nor the NPU-E as of yet. There are two (three if you count the MNA Board Meeting) where there is public opportunity to voice your opinion. I for one would like to know why Midtown Alliance and the City continue to allow developer to build UGLY parking garages. Face it, we are not going to get away from them...the people living in these apartment buildings cannot all WORK in Midtown and are going to need to DRIVE to get to work (could you imagine using mass transit....gasp!) But parking garages need to be hidden...designed to look like another building....nice dream, eh?
Immovable Media July 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
New Midtown Atlanta construction video from Immovable Media http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHazl3vjCAY&feature=youtu.be

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