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Midtown’s No2 Opus Place hosts unnecessarily absurd ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony

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Dynamite blasts kicked up dirt to signal the start of work on Atlanta’s tallest residential tower.

A rendering of the unit with tall ceilings, windows with views of the Atlanta skyline.
No2 Opus Place is slated to be opulent.
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If you heard dynamite blasts in Midtown last week, it wasn’t the second attempt at imploding the Georgia Dome (that’s scheduled for Wednesday at 1 a.m.)—rather, it was the “groundbreaking” of No2 Opus Place.

A video posted by the development team shows dynamite blasts kicking up dirt in the pit along 14th Street where the 53-story residential tower will begin rising next year.

Originally planned as Atlanta’s second tallest building, the project received a trim off the top when it became exclusively residential. Initially, a hotel had also been planned in the tower.

Once complete, the building will be among the poshest residential offerings in the city. One-bedroom units start at $750,000, and a 5,000-square-foot penthouse is asking $12 million.

The exorbitant price tag will land future residents in the lap of luxury, with private lounges, a resident bar, a 23-seat IMAX theater, and premium finishes in every unit. On the ground level, No2 Opus Place will offer a restaurant, retail, direct access through the site to Arts Center and the MARTA station, and a massive new art gallery designed by Richard Meier, who designed the High Museum.

When it comes to gratuitous development hoopla, the theatrical groundbreaking ceremony was topped only by October’s over-hyped demolition kick-off at Colony Square.

With work beginning on No2 Opus Place according to a revised schedule announced in October, it seems that things are on track to have the building open in early 2020. Of course, time will tell if the schedule is maintained.