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State Farm Nixes Residences, Opts for More Office Space

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If State Farm has its way, their new Dunwoody campus could one day provide office space for 10,000 employees — more than 20 percent of the population of the entire city of Dunwoody. At the end of the month, the company will ask the Dunwoody City Council for permission to replace a residential tower with offices, according to Reporter Newspapers. Additionally, a proposed hotel will be swallowed by the office block, turning the development into what could eventually tally up to more than 2 million square feet of office space. But the plan doesn't necessarily sit well with neighbors in the area, who are concerned about the development's impact on Perimeter's already notoriously horrific traffic.

Billed by State Farm as a "multi-functional hub," the development was likened more to a "mega-project" by a board member of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. As the Perimeter area is slated to get more and more crowded, logic would suggest those concerns are probably valid if State Farm plans to add 10,000 commuters to the mix.

But fear not, says State Farm!

The company hopes to assuage fears by providing a direct link to the Dunwoody MARTA station from the first 600,000-square-foot building to open on the site. And if employees don't take advantage of the adjacent transit option — this is, after all, suburban Atlanta — plans also call for a bunch of exits from the complex's parking decks in an effort to prevent the need for left turns. However, plans have stalled for a new road to connect Fulton and DeKalb counties and relieve congestion on Hammond Drive, so some things might not go according to plan.

The story has been updated to correct figures provided by State Farm revising the numbers quoted by the original article.

· State Farm office complex designed to house up to 10,000 employees [Reporter Newspapers]
· State Farm's Proposal could beat the 'Sub-' Out of Suburban [Curbed Atlanta]
· Is the North-End Perimeter Becoming Buckhead Part 2? [Curbed Atlanta]

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