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The Virginia-Highland Civic Association chronicles the ongoing renovations at Briarcliff Summit, a distressed nine-story landmark in the middle of an interior and exterior overhaul. For the most part, the 200-unit building on Ponce de Leon provides housing for the elderly, but its history is rich enough to earn a National Register of Historic Places designation. Built as luxury apartments in 1925 by Asa Candler Jr. (son of the Coke mogul), the building is said to have counted Al Capone among its noteworthy tenants, as other properties on Ponce have also (falsely) claimed. [VHCA]