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Downtown Atlanta apartment conversion heads toward summer completion

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Formerly a drab 1960s concrete building, The Byron dons a fresh coat of paint and is being tricked out to compete in downtown’s rental market

A view of the facade with protruding balconies and bright yellow metal panels.
The Byron on Peachtree Street.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

A dated concrete building on Peachtree Street in downtown is just months away from the reveal of its considerable overhaul.

Construction on The Byron, a seven-story apartment conversion, is steadily progressing in a section of Atlanta that’s seen relatively little change, compared to many sites a few blocks north and projects such as The Office apartments a bit to the south.

Exterior work is wrapping up as interior finishes are installed. Outside, the transformation from boring concrete box to bright and flashy facade is obvious. While jarring, the fresh coat of bright paint and geometric designs does radically change the former office tower/nurses’ housing block into something with a bit more flair.

Inside, the gutted floors are framed out and finishes are being added to the 68 residential units—a mix of one- and two-bedroom options—from the seventh floor downward. The cheapest units will start around $1,300 per month, with others ranging up to nearly $2,000.

While a recent tour revealed a lot of unfinished work, Perennial Properties intends to welcome the first residents to the building in June.

In addition to the residences, two new retail spaces will soon debut here on Peachtree Street.