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Downtown Atlanta Archives demo moves forward for $105M complex

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If approved, the Judicial Complex could be the most expensive state building ever

Tall rectangular marble building with the bottom floors removed down to just columns.
The old State Archives building, prepped for implosion.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

At the intersection of Interstate 20 and Interstate 75/85, the former Georgia State Archives building stands precariously, its tiny exposed columns supporting the monolithic white marble mass.

Clearly, the end is nigh.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the state legislature will soon vote on a budget to include $105 million in bond financing for the construction of a judicial building on the site.

Plans for such a complex have been in the works for more than a year, with the winning design team — Stevens & Wilkinson in partnership with Robert A.M. Stern Architects out of New York — revealed last January.

The complex is planned for the site two blocks south of the Capitol building, requiring the demolition of the long-abandoned State Archives building.

The State Archives, just two blocks south of the Capitol.
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While the building got a brief reprieve from demolition late last year, it’s now slated to be demolished on March 5.

Once the site is cleared, construction of the massive new State Judicial Complex — slated to be the most expensive public building project in Georgia — would begin sometime this year, once funding is approved.

We’ve requested updated drawings from the Georgia Building Authority, and will update with any new news. For now, the image below gives a general idea of what to expect.

If all goes according to plan, the new complex would open sometime in 2019.

A plan released as part of the proposal package for the Judicial Complex.
via Atlanta magazine