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Office Building Could Rise Next to O4W Park, Beltline

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Developers are planning a four-story office building in the Old Fourth Ward that would offer workers an easy Beltline connection. Atlanta architects Pimsler Hoss, whose portfolio includes the Jane complex in Grant Park, hope to build the 43,000 square-foot facility on a tucked-away lot near the Historic Fourth Ward Park skatepark, in the shadow of WSB-TV's giant antennae. Most recently owned by the Trust for Public Land, the 746 Willoughby Way site is either the former home of Creative Loafing's offices or sits next door.

According to plans filed with the city, the building would accommodate up to 168 employees. Developers are seeking a special zoning exception to actually reduce parking, because the site plan allows for only 151 spaces — less than the required 197. The project's proximity to the Beltline — and its pledge to offer plentiful bike racks — justifies the exception, architect Randy Pimsler wrote in an application to the city. The board of zoning adjustment is scheduled to hear the matter next week.

The building would include a two-level parking deck, with one level below ground. But the highlight could be a proposed 3,800-square-foot rooftop terrace, which should have insane skyline views from Buckhead to downtown.

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[Renderings, blueprints via Pimsler Hoss.]