Let's begin with a little history: The timeworn fondue emporium that was Dante's Down the Hatch survived the inferno of 2001. One of Benjamin Franklin's certainties of life, however, was not so kind. Dante's, housed at the rear of one of the last surviving mansions on Peachtree, fell victim to an insatiable hunger no fondue could ever sate: capitalism! The land at 3800 Peachtree was simply too valuable to leave underdeveloped. And so last year, after more than four decades, we bade goodbye to Dante's. And now for the future: Last week, where only a year ago a century-old yellow mansion stood, a different color solidified itself as part of the streetscape. Cyan on Peachtree, a luxury apartment building, topped out at 23 stories, filling the skyline between the Mandarin Oriental and the Atlanta Business Chronicle building. The glazed facade (an appropriate shade to match the name) is almost entirely in place on the 329-unit building, and interior fit-out is in full swing. The building is on schedule for an opening in the spring.
The folks over at Monogram Residential are annoyingly tight-lipped, but through the powers of observation and a bit of gossip, all things are revealed:
1) This place is for the monied and mildly pretentious (their website says "if there could be a best address in Atlanta — this would be it!"). Okay, maybe more than mildly.
2) There is going to be a party deck facing Peachtree, which is going to play host to some super-sweet shindigs, where drunk Barbies will catcall dudes in Maseratis. Ostensibly.
3) The views from the upper floors to the south will be killer, but for many on the lower floors, the side of the ABC building or traffic on Ga. Highway 400 will be the norm.
4) Where a pirate ship was once moored in a lagoon, a crocodile-free swimming pool sits atop a parking deck at the rear of the site. Bor-ring!
— Michael Kahn
[ABOVE: Cyan on Peachtree rendering via Behringer Harvard Multifamily]