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Buckhead Church demolition clears way for next apartment tower

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Apogee Buckhead moves toward construction, while AMLI plans next phase of Buckhead development

Concrete rubble surround two concrete walls supporting part of a roof.
All that remained of the architecturally significant church Wednesday afternoon.
Lawton Zurn

The Interstate 85 bridge isn’t the only hulking piece of concrete that’s met its demise in the past week.

One of Atlanta's most recognizable brutalist buildings—the former Second Church of Christ, Scientist, on Peachtree Road in Buckhead—has gone to the next life.

Demolition crews made quick work of the concrete box this week, reducing much of the large sanctuary to no more than a pile of rubble.

The building is being torn down to allow for the construction of Apogee Buckhead, the next tower in Related's portfolio.

Plans call for a 35-story project to rise next door to Maggiano's and across the street from the Mandarin Oriental, where condos sell for millions of dollars.

Rather than for-sale units, however, plans call for more than 350 apartment units at Apogee Buckhead.

A rendering of Apogee Buckhead along Peachtree Road.
Related Group
The church, before. (See a full photo gallery here).
Curbed Atlanta

The area around the site is becoming a hotbed for development, with plans recently released for a new office and condo tower and possibly more apartments.

Each new project would surround the proposed park above Ga. Highway 400.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of Lenox Square, AMLI is planning the next phase of their 3464 development nearby.

Bisnow reports the apartment developer is planning an additional 375 units on the site, which was once a large tract of woods along East Paces Ferry Road.

The new building would join a high-rise and mid-rise building that opened last year and a mid-rise building currently under construction.

In all, more than 7,000 apartments are on track to be delivered in Buckhead in the next few years.