Simon Property Group hopes adding fancy luxury residential units next to its fancy luxury mall will mean more shoppers, so it teamed up with Columbus Realty Partners and architect JHP Architecture/Urban Design to create a new development called the Domain at Phipps Plaza. The 319-unit mid-rise residential community, set to begin construction in September, will offer a yoga court (is that a step up from a yoga studio?), outdoor pool, health club with "fitness on demand," dog park and rooftop terrace. The units themselves, which range from studios to two-bedrooms, boast the usual array of "luxury apartment" features: granite countertops, wood flooring, stainless appliances, garden tubs, that sort of thing. Residents are expected to begin moving in next fall.
While the rendering isn't offensive and high-density residential near commercial areas is often a good thing, the new development on Wieuca Road will mean more traffic for an already gridlocked area of the city. Unless Buckhead residents intend to back down on their opposition of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly upgrades of Peachtree, renters of the Domain's 319 units, who will have their own controlled-access parking garage, will likely add at least 319 vehicles to the chaotic traffic nightmare that is Peachtree Road.