The developers of a Midtown project known as “100 6th Street’’ are set to present revised plans for their 23-story 320-unit luxury apartment community to the Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) next week.
In May, Jim Borders, president of Novare Group, which along with Batson-Cook Development Co. is planning to build the mixed-use tower along Juniper Street between 6th and 7th streets, presented a plan to DRC that included seven variances, six of which were approved at the meeting.
After hearing comments from the DRC, as well as from concerned Midtown residents, Borders and his team will present a revised urban design plan next Tuesday that that they feel will be beneficial to the Midtown community.
Patch has learned that this includes active uses along the entirety of Juniper St., and street-level retail turning the corner at Juniper and 7th into a linear park and dog park on 7th.
This will be accomplished by Novare voluntarily setting back its four-story parking deck to create a green space. The original plans submitted last month included a pocket park at the corner of 7th and Juniper. But despite concerns about the ability to lease retail space along Juniper, Novare has replaced the pocket park with a 1,860-foot retail space at the corner.
The project will now boast six street-level retail spaces – three each on 6th and Juniper streets – totaling 10,610 square feet.
Since the first set of plans were unveiled last month, many Midtown residents have voiced concerns about the above ground parking deck that will extend along Juniper. The developers have noted that the previously approved 2006 site plan for the parcel included two towers instead of one, therefore the new deck is five stories shorter than the one approved six years ago.
The developers have noted that there are no underground residential decks in the Midtown Special Public Interest (SPI) District due to the high cost to construct and if such was required, many commercial developments would not be considered the area. On 7th St., in addition to the parks and the deck entrance, greenery will be allowed to grow up the side of the parking deck, which does meet city of Atlanta code requirements, for a neighborhood amenity.
According to Novare, it is the thinking of many contractors and architects that due to mechanical ventilation, sprinklers, shoring, extensive evacuation, de-watering and poured-in-place construction required among other things, underground decks are infeasible in the opinion of many developers.
The deck itself will offer 426 residential parking spaces and 43 surface retail parking spaces. Add in seven parcel retail spaces along 6th street and the total comes to 476 spaces.
The new tower will be situated next door to the 36-story condo tower Viewpoint, which Novare developed and opened in 2008. The new structure will be set back into the corner at 6th and Juniper so that both towers will hopefully have views up and down Peachtree. The new tower will basically be where the Loca Luna restaurant and The Armory Bar once were on 6th St.
The residential building will have floor-to-ceiling glass, a rooftop pool and amenity deck, wood floors, granite countertops, and other features.
The project will follow the 23-story 320-unit high-rise apartment building called SkyHouse Midtown that Novare is currently developing at the corner of West Peachtree and 12th streets.