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Midtown’s tallest proposal christened ‘Opus Place’

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At 74 stories, 14th Street condo building would be second tallest sky-rise in city

Strike up the band! The tallest condo building ever proposed in Atlanta — and if built, the second tallest building in the city — has officially been christened Opus Place.

The name plays into the site’s adjacency to the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Plans for the 74-story tower, slated to contain some 400 condo units and 60,000 square feet of retail, were revealed earlier this year for the site on 14th Street. Before the recession, this prime real estate was slated to become the also-musically-named Symphony Center.

Now, the glassy Perkins+Will-designed tower would top out at 920 feet — 50 feet taller than the current second-tallest building in Atlanta, SunTrust Plaza in downtown. The price tag for the project comes in at around $300 million, making it one of the costliest proposals ever for Atlanta.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the sky-rise is part of a two-tower proposal master-planned by the renowned Richard Meier (the mind behind the High Museum of Art), compliments of Olympia Heights Management. The second phase could bring more residences and a hotel, as well as 75,000 square feet of retail space.

While the project was billed as “doable” more than two years ago, time will tell if it truly has legs. After all, it has a lot of competition in the high-end condo market.

We’ll call this project a “go” when we see cranes ... and when the fat lady sings.