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Atlantic Station Gaping Hole to Finally Become Something

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Bad news for fans of giant unsightly holes: A large lot at the entrance to Atlantic Station could soon be home to a new office building, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The long-vacant site at the western end of the 17th Street Bridge was recently bought by Hines, who happens to be developing another office building known as T3 just three blocks away. And like that building — designed by Michael Green — the latest proposal isn't for a sleek glass high-rise, but instead looks to capitalize on the popularity of converted loft offices like Ponce City Market.

Aesthetically, the buildings will be a big departure from the glass office towers of Midtown and those that sit across 17th Street. Hines plans to select a design utilizing materials like steel, concrete, brick and wood to lend an old-school industrial vibe not unlike that of T3. Size-wise, plans call for not one, but two buildings to be built on the 2.7-acre site. Slated to rise nine or 10 stories each, the buildings will contain up to 500,000 square feet of office space. With the site secured and a design direction in mind, it will be interesting to see how quickly this project gets going.

· Hines buys block in Atlantic Station to build an alternative to glass office towers [Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscriber]