7th Street Building to be Demolished

Members of the Midtown SPI-16 & SPI-17 Development Review Committee have expressed frustration over not being better equipped in preventing building owners from allowing Midtown structures to fall in disrepair.

See the accompanying video about the impending demolishing of a former residential building on 7th Street and how it relates to Midtown's architectural fabric.

Andrew McGee December 13, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Sarcasm is not funny JonC. "BTW, you need a deeper V tshirt and sassier crewcut in front of tree for a background"...said your new make over stylist.
JonC December 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Personal attacks are so unflattering on you...
Brett December 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hunt, or anyone in the know... When is this building slated to be demolished?
Drewboo December 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM
You really need to try out the "reply" button.
Andrew McGee December 13, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Zing accepted.
Clicker December 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Smugness is intact I see. Where were you born, and where did you live before gracing our fair city? I'm oh so curious.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I'll look into Brett, thanks.
Andrew McSherry December 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Hear Hear !!!
Tammy December 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Developers in this city seem to always have the upper hand. I think its a shame that Novare was allowed to let this building rot away, especially when they indicated it would be saved.
Urbanist December 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Yes, Novare and their banal building blocks are the definition of progress, but the many cities (Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Boston, etc.) who preserve their low and mid-rise buildings to ensure proper land use, and proper supply control within the market are just a bunch of tiny backwards municipalities...Go back to Dothan.
Tim December 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Except that a parking deck, ugly as Novare's are, is for all practical purposes permanent. However, this existing building has many chances to be renovated and add to the character and beauty of the neighborhood. Of course this requires "thinking" outside of the box.
JustinK December 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Does anyone know why they're tearing it down now? The plans for the new apartment tower/deck seems to align to the edge Viewpoint which would suggest there's no reason to demolish it to allow construction. The plans even show the building in place. Unless it's b/c they're breaking out the bulldozer and it's just cheaper to keep going.
Jim in Atl December 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Unfortunately, there is no trigger on refurbishment of these buildings or a timeline for putting them back into active use when the developer agrees to "preserve" them. Developers often intentionally and wilfully allow these beautiful buildings to waste away, fail to undertake any maintenance and choose not to put the buildings into ANY sort of active use. Then, after the buildings are in grave disrepair and the developers are ready to implement their real plan - demolition - they claim it is "too expensive" and "not financially feasible" to rehabilitate the very buildings that they had intentionally neglected. You'd be tempted to say penny smart, pound foolish and that it would have been cheaper to maintain these buildings all along, but it was always the developers' intent to skirt the preservation requirement by allowing the buildings to fall in on themselves, become an eyesore, gin up neighborhood complaints about "prostitutes" and "drug users", then plead poor mouth and whine about the exorbitant costs these "old buildings" require - all so that they can erect another unremarkable Coke bottle blue glass box.
JonC December 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Liars: http://www.novaregroup.com/news_08_30_06.html Also, has anyone head that Starbucks will be demolished as well to make way for apartments - http://nickkahler.tumblr.com/post/37740627273 ?
JonC December 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Chris December 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Novare does not own the property and has nothing to do with the demolition. Speak to Loudermilk. Additionally, the economics of renovating the building simply do not work. Yes, capitalism continues to make the world go round.
JustinK December 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
That plan was 6 yrs ago...long before the crash. They also didn't plan on losing the Atlantic to foreclosure (and thought they could get $400/sf). Economics today say there's no money in luxury residences in the price range those would be in especially w/ nothing but a view of SBX & Bulldogs. Look at those massive empty townhouses on Piedmont. I'm not sure how they could put in an apartment where the SBX is now given anything short of a very narrow highrise would have 10 stories in perpetual darkness of being just north of the Viewpoint deck. Residents would wind up w/ vitamin D deficiencies after a while. Given the constant comedy of people trying to maneuver the SBX lot, I'd venture there's not enough room to do a podium parking deck in that space so it'd have to either build up the Skyhouse deck further or repurpose that lot north of 7th. The original Viewpoint/Trilogy plans showed 3 towers but w/ the 3rd tower at the N/E corner along Juniper/7th and parking filling in the space between 2 and 3. If they're going for a 3rd tower that'd be the location to put it. I actually wouldn't be against that given it'd probably create the single highest density residential block in the state regardless if there are 2,000 parking spaces included. It'd also leave less space for the deck to spread out and probably kickstart some more retail development.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Brett, the demolishing is slated for sometime in January but an exact date is not known.
Darin December 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
That Cornerstone Village apartment is one of my favorites. It's a great example of mixing old and new. One of the best things about the Peachtree corridor in Downtown and Midtown is the variation you get in building styles from different periods. The whole history of architecture in the city is represented. It would be a shame to lose that.
Bebe Morgan December 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I haven't read all of the posts and may be duplicating a response from someone else. The day will come when buildings like this one are defended with all the effort humans can exert when the effete leadership at the Atlanta Preservation Center is replaced with people who will fight for these buildings.
clancey December 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
They started tearing it down today...
Dan Armstrong December 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Please leave the METROPOLIS condos from Novare out of the "dissed" as this is their finest and my home. regards
Bryan December 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM
OMG, I'm so glad that building is gone. People think we should saze every building that is old! I guess we should have saved all the barns and farm houses in areas where there are now subdivisions and strip malls. Give me a break! Now I think there are some buildings that should be saved but everytime someone talks about tearing a building down in Midtown there is a big up roar. Don't you people know 100 years from now when we are all dead and gone they are going to be doing the same thing about certain buildings we are doing today. Some will need to be kept but most will need to be torn down and the area rebuilt. It's called the cycle of life!!
Dookie Doo December 22, 2012 at 03:40 AM
This is the reason Atlanta will always be inferior to Boston and NYC. I noticed that people in the south lack the intelletual capacity to understand the preserving history. Or maybe it's because people in the south are used to having their cities torn or burned down like back in the civil war days. LOL dumb rednecks........ Thank god for General Sherman.....
Chesley December 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Having lived in this building it is very sad to see it go. It was designed by local architect Joseph Neel Reid so another piece of Atlanta history is being destroyed.
Don e January 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
All should be ashamed who said they did not care about this building coming down. Atlanta has a love affair with tearing down old buildings. The greatest cities in the USA embrace their old neighbors and give character to their cities. Atlanta just does not seem to get it. Don't blame the developers, place the blame on those who allow this to happen. Shame on the Atlanta city council.
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
@ Dookie Doo You are right Atlanta will never be Boston or NYC. Those cities were built up in a completely different time in a completely different mannor. If you are a true Atlantan (by birth or by just living here) then you would want Atlanta to have it's own identity. And it's fully because those cities are tearing town old buildings all the time but because there are much more of them to go around there isn't an issue. I like living in a modern city. I don't want to go around a see a bunch of old renovated buildings. You want the new on the inside but have the city look old from the outside? I live seeing new modern towers and buildings. I like my new city. If those that were building NYC and Boston were into "preserving history" you wouldn't have those cites the way they are today. You don't think they had to tear down areas to rebuild. Look at the WTC site; that was a bunch of low rise older buildings that they tore down to create that site for the twin towers. Look at Boston when they had to tear down hundreds of buildings for the elevated highway they once had downtown. You don't hear anyone talking about preservation. Now Boston has a completely new interstate and with taking the elevated interstate down can now rebuild those areas. And we all know why there is being a new WTC built. Point is every city tears down and starts over so we don't need to keep every old building just because it was built in the 1930s and 40s. That's not character.
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
First let's define character; per dictionary.com it is the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. That doesn't give a time frame. That means that everything old doesn't necessarily give a city character. I've never been but look at a city like Dubai. They have a lot of new building that give the city a modern new look. That is that cities character. NYC has a lot of older buidings mixed in with new skyscrapers. That is NYC's character. Keeping every old build just because it is old isn't character. There are pleny of old neighborhoods for ATL to embrace their "old character." Midtown just isn't one of them. Look at downtown and see that there are plenty of older buildings there. But because downtown isn't as favorable as Midtown no one cares. I hate looking at the skylines of cities like Baltimore and Cincinnati that keep these old looking downtowns. ATL's looks new and modern. ATL is a modern, progressive area and just because our streets aren't covered everywhere with a bunch of old buildings doesn't mean ATL doesn't have character. I'm glad we aren't following other cities and doing OUR thang! Those that don't like it go live in those old cities with their old character!
Bryan January 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Sorry for all the gramattical errors
Priscilla January 15, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I had the pleasure of living at 109 7th Street back in the mid 80's. At that time two of the units were occupied by successful architects who truly admired the structure and it's details. The building was beautiful and had a character of it's own. It was an expensive building to maintain and the owners at that time were only able to keep it habitable. There were prostitutes on the street out front. They kept an eye on the building when we weren't around an problem saved us a few break-ins. It was a wonderful place to live with it's polished hardwood floors, crown mouldings and plentitude of windows. I hope that whoever commented that it was a "dump even then" has found his chrome and glass home in the burbs. It was a shame that no one could have saved this building,


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