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More Retail, Offices Could Solve Buckhead Wind Dilemma

A pedestrian thoroughfare known as "Café Street" between two Terminus towers in Buckhead has turned into a veritable wind tunnel, and officials believe the only prescription is more retail. HKS Architects and Cousins Properties have devised a two-story windbreaker of retail and offices to fill the gap near the corner of Piedmont and Peachtree roads, according to plans submitted last month to a Buckhead development review board. The corridor is home to the Flying Biscuit, Yogurberry and others, but wind gusts have rendered the patio "unsuitable for outdoor dining as originally intended," the non-profit boosters at Livable Buckhead observe.

Cousins and the architects presented plans last month for an additional 5,000 square feet of leasable space along Piedmont Road, between Terminus 100 (the pointed corner building) and the parking structure for Terminus 200, where Dan Uggla used to lord over Atlanta. The 40-foot tall, glassy structure would house offices on the second level and about 2,500 square feet of ground-level retail. During the presentation, the committee had one pithy recommendation: incorporate skylights to maintain the outdoor feel of the structure's courtyard area.
· Terminus – Piedmont Retail [Livable Buckhead]
· Recent Terminus coverage, discussion [Curbed Atlanta]