[Renderings by Mill Creek Residential/WDG, via Livable Buckhead.]
Like Novare's numerous Atlanta SkyHouse projects, only with more architectural variety, a high-rise apartment concept by Mill Creek Residential called "Modera" is making the leap from Midtown to Buckhead. According to documents filed with a Buckhead Development Review Committee, Mill Creek's planned 22-story tower next door to
Buckhead Atlanta The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will carry the Modera emblem, just like an under-construction project sandwiched between The Connector and University House in Midtown. And if the amenities at the Buckhead Modera will be anything like its Midtown cousin's, the venture could be a huge hit among renters whose couture pockets bleed disposable income.
Mill Creek has produced versions of the Modera concept from New York to California (with another Atlanta project cropping up in Morningside), but the Midtown and Buckhead incarnations appear to be among the company's largest. In Buckhead, plans call for 400 total units — half of them one-bedroom apartments and 10 percent three-bedrooms — plus 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Interestingly, the developer asked the DRC for their blessing to reduce the minimum number of parking spaces from the required 773 to 592 — or 1.3 spaces per unit, plus one space for every 300 square feet of retail. The DRC recommended approval of Mill Creek's variation request and sent word on to Atlanta's Office of Planning.
Mill Creek raised a few eyebrows when they recently announced amenities for their Midtown Modera. The 29-story offering will have rooftop pools (yes, plural) with hydraulic lap lanes, plus a movie lawn and running track on high floors.