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Is Midtown Slated For A Three-Tower Mega-Project?

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News of potential high-rises sprouting in Midtown just won't quit. A Manhattan company that's long had its eye on Atlanta wants to build a nearly 2 million-square-foot development — to include a skyline-altering 56-story tower — on 14th Street at the long-vacant "symphony center" site, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. Wedged between the 50-story One Atlantic Center and Atlanta's Prettiest Oversized Napkin Holder (1180 Peachtree tower), the 4.5-acre site was once slated for a Santiago Calatrava-designed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert hall, until the Recession killed those plans. Should it happen, the project (a team effort by New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. and international design firm Arquitectonica) would be a game-changer; in addition to a signature tower that could rival Midtown's Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta's tallest building, the project would include two more towers at 46 stories each.

The newspaper reports both 46-story towers would be residential. As for the 56-story Big Kahuna, 34 floors of that would be residential, with the rest occupied by a hotel. Overall, the project could inject Midtown with 95,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, 1,350 apartments (not condos) and 270 hotel rooms. Initial plans do not include renderings.

We're guessing developers have done their homework, but does this sound like a load for Midtown to bear? The appeal of this particular site is obvious, but should a project of this magnitude happen, we can't help wish it would rise a bit further south, to help unify our fractured skyline.

· Masterpiece set for 'symphony center' site -3 skyscrapers [Atlanta Business Chronicle; subscriber content]
· Here Now, ATL's Top 10 Towers That Never Happened [Curbed Atlanta]
· Tivoli Reviving Plans for Huge Peachtree Tower (Again)? [Curbed Atlanta]

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