A new chapter in the life of the long-languishing Atlanta Constitution Building at Five Points is about to begin.
Plans call for the building to house 67,000 square feet of loft office space—half of which is slated to be occupied by the City of Atlanta Planning Office.
Additionally, 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail and a rooftop restaurant will be housed in the old building, while an adjoining residential building will be constructed with 112 units and 142 parking spaces.
As part of the $2-million sale, 30 percent of the residential units will be reserved as income-restricted residences. The restriction will be in place for three decades—a long time, though not nearly as long as the architecturally significant structure has been left to decay.
While the building is known for its first tenant—the precursor paper to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—the paper stayed in the building for only a few years. After 1953, Georgia Power moved into the facility, sticking around until the 1970s.
Ever since, the building has languished at the western edge of Underground Atlanta. Trees grow on the roof, and its boarded-up and bricked-over windows have shielded homeless encampments over the years.
According to documents submitted as part of the sale process, construction is slated to begin in June, with the offices complete in May 2019 and the residential building open by February 2020.
For a glimpse of the building at what was likely its nadir (and a preview of rooftop views), cover your nose and head to this CL feature from 2014.
- Pope & Land and Place Properties 143 Alabama RFP Fact Sheet [Invest Atlanta]
- Near Gulch, Underground, former Atlanta Constitution Building to get new life [Curbed Atlanta]