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Georgia State University dorm calls for posh pool, panoramic views

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Deluxe amenities (and a gas station) will abound at the soon-to-be-built 120 Piedmont project

The recent groundbreaking for a new private dorm at Georgia State University made one thing clear: student living downtown could be going to another level.

While speculation swirled about what the facility on Piedmont Avenue might look like, new renderings show the dorm will be more high-end apartment than co-ed catastrophe.

The 120 Piedmont tower, which is slated to rise 26 stories, will feature 228 units with between one and four bedrooms each. Housing 650 students, the facility will have a massive amenity deck with a pool and views of the GSU campus, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

On the top floor, expect a 3,000-square-foot "sky-lounge" and terrace. Oddly, the development will be "anchored" by a reincarnation of the existing gas station on the corner.

The development signals a change in methodology for GSU dorm development. It'll be the first to offer ultra-luxe amenities like those at University House and Square on Fifth for Georgia Tech students in Midtown.

Plans call for the building to open for the 2018 school year. Look for the trend to continue downtown as developers build the next wave of student housing.