Developers hope to finally plug the huge gnarly hole that's festered in one of Midtown's more bustling pockets for years. Plans call for a mix of apartments and condos on 10th Street near Piedmont Avenue, adding to a surge of planned residential towers in Midtown. Atlantic Realty Partners brought tentative plans to NPU-E this week for an unnamed, mixed-use project of 494 residential units in three separate buildings, which would fill a Tetris block of land along 10th and 11th streets and Piedmont Avenue, Patch reports. The 10th Street portion has squirmed with insects and weed growth since the developers shelved plans for a 19-story tower called Onyx.
Construction was derailed in 2007 by a legal fight with neighboring BLUE Med spa, whose ownership claimed crews were encroaching on and destroying property; the Great Recession all but stuck a fork in the Onyx plans, where condos were expected to cost $300,000 and up.
The new proposal calls for a 16-story condo building facing 10th Street that would essentially plug the gap. A 24-story apartment tower would rise on 11th Street, and a five-story brick structure would wrap the corner of Piedmont Avenue, near Piedmont Park, the website reports.
As for shopping and dining space, an Atlantic Realty official told Patch that plans call for 3,500 square feet of retail space at the corner of Piedmont and 11th, with additional street-level retail beneath the condo building on 10th. Some zoning hurdles remain with the 11th Street portion. If the project moves forward, officials stressed that businesses at 10th and Piedmont like Caribou Coffee won't be affected. Developers hope to break ground later this year and open the project in late 2016.