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Touring Midtown Atlanta, development capital of 2016

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Crane-watching in Atlanta may have never been better

Cranes galore in Midtown Atlanta right now.
The ubiquitous cranes of Midtown.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Sure, Buckhead, the Central Perimeter area, and even Cumberland have seen skyline-altering successes take shape in 2016. But nothing in Atlanta compares to the veritable crane invasion that’s happening in Midtown right now.

In terms of sheer number and size of active (and recently delivered) projects, this cosmopolitan submarket is the clearcut development capital of Atlanta in 2016.

According to recent remarks by Kevin Green, President and CEO of Midtown Alliance, at yet another groundbreaking ceremony, the commercial core of Midtown counts 22 active construction sites at the moment.

That’s a lot of activity for an area that encompasses barely more than one square mile.

Below is a mere sampling of Midtown construction at the moment. Here, 2016 is clearly the year of the crane. And crane sightings should only ramp up through the new year.

Today’s first crane sighting comes in the northern reaches of Midtown at the 1400 West Peachtree site. It’s early in the construction phase there.
Modera Midtown from a distance.
Both Spring and West Peachtree streets are particular hotbeds of crane activity.
The AMLI Arts Center tower will eventually rise 30-some stories where Donald Trump once planned condos before the recession.
At 39 stories, the rising Apogee Midtown is the tallest tower to launch in Atlanta in years (but hardly the tallest proposed). The sleek stack by Florida-based Related Development will incorporate a giant HENSE mural into the facade.
On Spring Street, NCR’s headquarters are taking shape between two recently finished (and ridiculously upscale) student housing towers.
The 29-story Modera Midtown, left, and NCR’s headquarters take shape over The Connector.
Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta