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In Buckhead, 35-story Apogee tower to start construction

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Meanwhile at West Peachtree and 14th streets, work starts on the Whole Foods paired with Apogee Midtown

While Atlanta’s tallest building since the Great Recession — the appropriately named Apogee — heads skyward in Midtown, a second, similarly branded project in Buckhead is readying to rise to similar heights.

Related Development has announced that construction will start this month on Apogee Buckhead — a 35-story apartment tower to rise on Peachtree Road at Ga. Highway 400. Ultimately, it’ll stand four stories shy of its sister at 14th and West Peachtree Streets.

The building will replace the Brutalist Christian Church Buckhead and sit in front of SkyHouse Buckhead, adjacent to Buckhead MARTA Station and the (possible) future park atop the highway.

The Buckhead plans have been in the works for nearly two years. Since it was announced back in May 2015, the building has lost 24 units, and it’s unclear if the original plans for 15 percent studios, 35 percent one-bedroom, 35 percent two-bedroom and 15 percent three-bedroom units remains the breakdown for the 362 rentals.

In any case, that’s another large dose of new apartments near Buckhead’s Peachtree spine.

A press release indicates that the tower will sit atop three floors of street-front retail and office space, which should be a welcome addition.

Apogee Midtown’s design has been blasted for the monolithic nine-story parking deck that the tower sits on. Instead of hiding the parking in the center of the block, the deck was placed at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Midtown.

At least part of the nine-story blank wall will be covered in a HENSE mural.

Construction of two blank walls proceeds, looming over the intersection of West Peachtree and 14th streets.
The towering facade of Apogee Midtown will be covered with a nine-story mural.
Michael Kahn, Curbed

Meanwhile, as the Midtown tower rises, work is commencing on the Whole Foods that will fill out the base of the tower and the block facing Spring Street.

While Related indicates that work should begin in Buckhead this month, it doesn’t seem the company has applied for demolition permits for the church, per records. Nonetheless, the company hopes to have both the Buckhead and Midtown buildings completed by late 2018.