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Westside Atlanta’s $210M Star Metals redevelopment tweaked

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Work could begin in coming months on two transformative projects straddling Howell Mill Road

A large tree-filled terrace with people, shaded by a  white industrial-looking office building with offset floors and large balconies.
A terrace at the proposed office building, with views of the Atlanta skyline.
via ABC

The redevelopment of two old industrial sites at 11th Street on either side of Howell Mill Road has received a boost, with new renderings and an anticipated groundbreaking.

In April last year, plans were announced for the construction of an office building on the site formerly occupied by Star Metals, and for an apartment block across the street, next to Northside Tavern. Then in November, Paces Properties — the folks behind Krog Street Market and the under-construction Atlanta Dairies project — came on board, signalling a step forward for the ambitious proposal.

Now, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that development should begin this spring on the dynamic duo, henceforth to be known as Star Metals Residences and Star Metals Offices. (Maybe they’re channeling all their creativity into design.)

New renderings show the 12-story office stack — two floors shorter than originally anticipated — looking as unique as ever. Each floor is offset, providing tenants with large balconies (some featuring trees) and sweeping views of the city skyline. The large base, to be filled with retail, makes it very hard to miss the name of the development. But, again, it’s a fresh look.

Topping off the development will be a large rooftop deck, potentially with a bar and restaurant. From that height, on this leg of Howell Mill, the potential views could be among Atlanta’s most panoramic.

Across the street, the apartment building will contain more than 400 units in a striking, sweeping nine-story tower. While earlier iterations had the building wrapped in what appeared to be stone, plans now call for corrugated metal to lend an industrial vibe (and likely bring down the cost).

Assuming the market holds steady, the Chad Oppenheim and Warner Summers Architecture-designed apartment building could break ground in the coming months. The office could lag behind, depending on the saturation of similar office space.