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.
- No2 Opus Place Groundbreaking | Atlanta, GA [No2 Opus Place]
- Midtown’s No2 Opus Place construction start pushed until December, or later [Curbed Atlanta]