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Fresh Glimpses: Buckhead Village's Latest Proposal

Complex would have five stories, street retail, 600+ parking spaces

Around the corner from The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, a proposed medical office tower with street-front retail is moving forward with oodles of parking.

The five-story project by The Loudermilk Companies would be connected (via a parking deck) to another, larger tower in development by the same company in Buckhead Village. The medical office project, located at 371 E. Paces Ferry Road, would house a surgical center, primary care and pharmacy operations above three levels of parking, with 5,000-square-feet of retail at the base, according to Livable Buckhead. Developers want to double the maximum parking requirements to 607 spaces to support medical-office demand, and a Buckhead Development Review Committee recently gave the thumbs-up.

Committee members noted that "medical office use is not directly addressed in the parking requirements for the code and has more demand (than) regular office classification," and they cited a recent development in Midtown that was allowed to exceed parking maximums for the same use. On a more aesthetically invigorating note, the committee requested that areas of the proposal on Buckhead Avenue be activated with art and that all utilities be buried.

Meanwhile, plans call for the neighboring project at 359 E. Paces Ferry to stand 12 stories and contain 80,000 square feet of office space above street-front retail and a parking deck. Designed by architects Rule Joy Trammell Rubio, the taller project is a stone's throw from the planned loft-office conversion slated to transform the 1960s Aaron's headquarters building. And it's further evidence that Buckhead Village could be one big hardhat zone soon.