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19 & 26-Story Apartment Towers Slated for Buckhead

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Should a Florida developer's plans materialize, the Buckhead Loop could soon be home to two more apartment towers, rising 19 and 26 stories, respectively, and injecting the area with more than 700 additional rental units. Crocker Partners LLC is proposing the dual-tower project — one of the largest developments in Buckhead since the office-tower boom several years ago — at Piedmont and Lenox roads, near an existing tower called Prominence, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. The site sits at the western nub of the so-called Buckhead Loop, and it joins several in-progress apartment tower projects across Atlanta.

Crocker Partners filed rezoning requests with the city of Atlanta last week, but the zoning process alone could consume much of 2013, the newspaper reports. The special zoning district where the towers would rise — the larger first phase at 26 stories with 380 units, the second phase with 19 stories and 322 units — is designed to promote walkability and open space. Similar to what's happening at nearby Terminus, where the 355-unit "Circle Terminus" development is under way, ground ripe for an office tower is being used for apartments.

In this respect, Buckhead is mirroring Midtown, where Novare has just completed the 23-story SkyHouse Midtown and has broken ground on another 23-story tower at 100 6th St. A few blocks north, Daniel Corp. is slated to complete another 23-story apartment tower on 12th Street later this year. What say you about the two-tower proposal in Buckhead? Does the location offer the sort of amenities today's apartment dwellers are looking for?

· Two apartment towers planned for Buckhead [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· Is Planned Park Buckhead's Green-Space Elixir? [Curbed Atlanta]