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Project that would rise kitty-corner to Georgia Proton Treatment Center gains neighborhood backing

The mixed-use development is planned to rise at the southeast corner of North Avenue and Courtland Street.
A major mixed-use development is planned for the southeast corner of North Avenue and Courtland Street.
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In the shadow of Bank of America Plaza, developers are planning a mixed-use complex with a medical component that would include a new North Avenue sky-rise.

The news came to light during a meeting this week of the Fourth Ward West neighborhood association, where Atlanta-based developer Richmond Honan unveiled plans to drastically transform the southeast corner of North Avenue and Courtland Street, as District2Atlanta relays.

Specializing in health facilities and medical office buildings, the same developer built the Emory Hospital tower a few blocks away in Midtown.

Developers want to build an assisted living facility for seniors at the corner. It would be part of a larger venture that includes two hotels (both serving clients of the kitty-corner Georgia Proton Treatment Center), retail at street level, and a “memory center” for Alzheimer’s patients.

Fourth Ward West members voted unanimously in favor of supporting the developer’s request for a Special Use Permit at the site.

It’s tough to tell exactly, but judging by renderings presented this week, the complex’s main tower would likely climb somewhere north of 30 stories.

The site is currently home to a J.R. Crickets sports bar and restaurant, which operates in a circa-1970 building with a moat of surface parking. Property records don’t yet reflect any recent sales.

The presentation.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting, Proton Center officials declared that that long-delayed project is “back on track,” with plans to serve up to 2,000 clients per year with the most advance cancer therapy on the planet.

But first, starting June 26, construction will require that Juniper Street (between Ponce de Leon and North avenues) will be closed to traffic until October. This will allow for the installation of complex equipment that weighs up to 90 tons.

Here’s the 411 on detours and such.

Proton Center construction is scheduled to wrap next spring, with patient treatments beginning in winter 2018.

Note: Attributions in this article have been corrected to reflect the source District2Atlanta.

Kitty-corner from the site in question, the Proton Center is seen here in March.
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