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Derelict former Atlanta Constitution building could get new life downtown

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Shell of the midcentury structure has languished for decades at western end of Underground

The Constitution Building as it appeared when it opened, and today.
A before and after of the building.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

With busted windows and trees sprouting from the roof, the Art Moderne Constitution Building downtown has seen much better days.

Once home to Atlanta’s afternoon newspaper, the Atlanta Constitution, the building has been abandoned and deteriorating for years, despite outcry for adaptive-reuse of the once-grand structure.

However, the AJC reports that the city-owned building could see brighter days.

The 100,000-square-foot structure could be handed off to the city’s economic development authority, Invest Atlanta, for redevelopment or sale to a developer. The deal could even include adjacent lots not currently part of the building’s property.

The news comes as investment is returning to the long-neglected neighborhood just south of Five Points, with plans for the Masquerade to relocate — at least temporarily — to Underground Atlanta, itself slated for a major overhaul.

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