Three new skyscrapers — including what could be Atlanta's tallest building — are one step closer to becoming a reality. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports New York developers filed plans Wednesday for the ginormous mixed-use project proposed for 98 14th St., Midtown's so-called "symphony center" site. At around 1,000 feet, the 55-story Bank of America Plaza is currently the city's tallest building (and the tallest in the U.S. outside of Chicago and New York). But the ABC reports this mega-development could have not one but two towers eclipse that mark, at least in terms of total floors, which isn't always indicative of true height. One building would rise 60 stories, another 57, and the runt would be 39 stories.
All told, the 4.5-acre site would be home to "90,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, 1,300 apartments, 340 hotel rooms and about 1,500 parking spaces." According to a separate report from the AJC, the tallest tower would hold all the hotel rooms and about 300 apartments, while the 57-floor behemoth would have 500 residences and retail space. The smallest tower would also hold 500 residences that could — like those in the other buildings — eventually be converted to condos, pending a market shift. An attorney told the AJC the project would be built in phases through 2020.
This would be a really-big-deal type of development, obviously, and skyline-altering towers are rarely a bad thing for development watchers — especially when they come in threes. It does beg the question, though: How would you feel about an intown skyline that's even more concretely split in two? In an ideal world, where would these potential towers rise, instead of this already crowded airspace? Plenty of surface lots to choose from.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep