For downtown Atlanta, this year has been rather memorable. Let's recap for a moment: 2014 has seen the ongoing addition of cycle tracks, the advent of office-apartment conversions, the opening of two national museums, the initial construction of a giant origami from outer space, proposed new apartment towers, an influx of office workers and the initial loop of what could be an Atlanta Streetcar transit network. Phew! You couldn't blame developers of hotels, student housing and apartments for wanting a piece of the downtown mojo. So it makes sense that Central Atlanta Progress has recently posted renderings — the most recent and accurate ones, to our knowledge — of three different, new-construction projects with real chances of happening. They span across the downtown spectrum, from touristy Luckie-Marietta to gritty-hip Edgewood.
145-149 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
This project comes from The Integral Group, the developers behind the GM Doraville mixed-use vision and the Midtown residential tower that will happen if there's a Jesus. If CAP's mapping is correct, these modest five stories of mixed uses would rise between Courtland Street and Piedmont Avenue, on a plot of land between the Auburn Avenue Research Library (which is undergoing a major overhaul) and the Apex Museum. At a cost of $9 million, it's said to have 92 units and 4,000 square feet of retail.
186-206 EDGEWOOD PROPERTY
186-206 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
Sitting kitty-corner from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, this vision calls for 326 beds of student housing with a Waffle House restaurant on the ground floor. The site is currently a vacant lot and a string of dilapidated but historic-looking buildings and medical offices. These renderings, by developer Place Properties, indicate the old buildings will be retained and incorporated into the new construction. A projected cost is not given.
SPRINGHILL SUITES (NEW DEVELOPMENT)
This project promises more (and ostensibly cheaper) lodging options for visitors to Centennial Olympic Park's growing slate of attractions. It would rise basically next door to the place formerly known as Luckie Food Lounge. The cross streets would be Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Venable Street, across from the Georgia Aquarium, toward Georgia Tech. There's a brick, low-rise structure on this site at the moment that doesn't look particularly occupied, but that's conjecture.
· Recent downtown Atlanta coverage, discussion [Curbed Atlanta]
· On Auburn Ave., Plans Continue for Real Estate Rebound [Curbed]
· Investors' Vision Could Spell New Life for Downtown Block [Curbed]