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In Buckhead's Apartment Race, Loop Towers Still Running

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The Great Apartment Race continues. A Florida-based developer is barreling forward with plans for two Buckhead apartments towers — rising 26 and 19 stories, respectively — near the intersection of Piedmont and Lenox roads. Last month, Atlanta's Zoning Review Board voted unanimously in favor of the project by Crocker Partners, despite outcries from neighbors over traffic concerns, according the Reporter Newspapers. The pair of towers would include 703 residential units on a 6.5 acre parcel near the Prominence building, where plans for a similar office tower never materialized. At the urging of the Buckhead CID and the area's neighborhood planning unit, plans will be altered to allow for the incorporation of PATH400, the proposed multi-purpose trail along Ga. Highway 400, into the project, company officials said. That sounds like progress, eh?

Despite the governmental support, residents at a condo tower across the street have aired concerns about more traffic spurred by 703 new residences. One attorney representing homeowners said nearby intersections are "already at a failing score." And then the development was green-lighted.

The site sits at the western nub of the so-called Buckhead Loop, and it joins several in-progress apartment tower projects across Atlanta. Competition for renters could be fierce. From Buckhead to Brookhaven, nearly 3,000 apartment units are in the works — and construction has begun on more than 2,600 of those.

· Residential towers proposed for Piedmont and Lenox [Reporter Newspapers]
· 19 & 26-Story Apartment Towers Slated for Buckhead [Curbed Atlanta]
· Post Adds Tower to 3,000 Planned Buckhead Apartments [Curbed Atlanta]