In the category of "news that is quickly no longer becoming news," the Atlanta Business Chronicle relays that yet another high-rise may soon be joining the Buckhead skyline. Developer Terwilliger Pappas announced intentions to develop a building as tall as 20 stories on the site of a gas station and restaurant on Peachtree Road, just south of Pharr Road. While the developer is remaining tight-lipped, the origins of the company indicate a high likelihood of residential towers surmounting street-level commercial space.
Hardly alone, Terwilliger Pappas is jumping on a heavily-loaded bandwagon which has been transforming the Peachtree Road corridor. If our memories (and archives) are accurate, the proposal would be the southernmost of the pending towers in Buckhead and next-door neighbors with OliverMcMillan's Buckhead Atlanta, which hasn't finished its own transformative ways.
The building boom slightly north on Peachtree has yielded three almost-completed projects — Cyan, Skyhouse and Post Alexander Phase II — while three more are in the beginning stages of construction — The Mack Scogin Merrill Elam office tower Three Alliance Center, the the mid-rise Domain at Phipps and the AMLI development at East Paces Ferry. Beyond the six certain buildings, there are at least four more in the works: the Hanover proposal next to the Buckhead Theatre, the new mixed-use behemoth at Tower Place, 1000 Park Avenue and whatever might replace Tuxedo Festival. Those in development represent merely a third of the 30 mulitfamily projects that developers have recently floated in Buckhead. Someone who hasn't visited this part of town since, say, 2005, would find a drastically different place.
It seems no end to the building-bonanza is in sight, so let's take a moment to reflect on that which may soon be gone… The site for Terwiliger Pappas' proposal appears in a much humbler time of Buckhead Village's history as the last photos in a Visual Journey we compiled last summer. Soon, it seems, the view will change again, and this time it'll hopefully be for the better.