[Renderings by tvsdesign via ABC.]
Another day, another mammoth development proposal for Perimeter Center. While last week brought the announcement of five high-rises on the Sandy Springs side of the neighborhood, this week's news balances that proposal with five towers for Dunwoody. According to the blog of Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan, plans call for two residential towers, two office towers and a hotel, as well as a five-story conference center and two low-slung buildings with retail and office space. Drawings show the complex would replace a low-rise office building sandwiched between a shopping plaza on Hammond Drive and Interstate 285.
Designed by Atlanta-based tvsdesign, the complex joins a slew of proposals in the area that have emerged in the last year. While the sheer scale of the proposals will likely be dialed back before approvals are granted, the flood of interest emphasizes the potential of the Perimeter Center area to become a rival of Buckhead or Midtown.
A big component of this newfound glory in the neighborhood is the three nearby MARTA stations. This latest proposal is adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station, directly across the platform from the rising State Farm campus. Interestingly enough, that project was also slated to contain residences until that portion of the plan was nixed last summer. But with changing market demands in the area, and a slew of new office space on the way, could it be time for high-rise residential to take hold in the neighborhood to create a more vibrant, walkable urban environment? Probably. Meanwhile, on the auto-centric side of things, the drawings do not include space for a road meant to ease congestion in the area.
Given the need for rezoning and variances for many things shown in the renderings, it'll be at least six months before plans are worked out. But with new proposals popping up all the time, it's clear that big money believes the Perimeter Center market has a very bright future.
· Dunwoody's skyline is proposed to change with the addition of Crown Towers along 285 [Heneghan's Dunwoody Blog]
· Massive project could 'urbanize' Perimeter Center [Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscriber]