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In Midtown Atlanta, new apartment building rises out of nowhere

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Development at Spring and 16th streets is hurrying toward a debut early next year

Construction progressing on a five-story wood building atop a concrete podium.
Progress on Spring Street has been swift.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

The construction process on some of Atlanta’s new buildings can be glacially slow, but one new Midtown apartment development seems to be moving at warp speed.

Just a few months ago, the site at 1270 Spring St. was little more than a mound of dirt with a few concrete columns protruding. Since then, construction progress has been surprisingly swift on the six-story development.

With framing nearly complete on the side facing Spring Street, and work moving quickly on the western facade too, the 259-unit building is on track for completion in early 2018.

In addition to the apartment units, the project will also bring 11,330 square feet of retail—including a unit with a drive-thru—to the block bounded by Spring, Williams, and 16th streets.

Designed by Lord Aeck Sargent, the venture could infuse some much-needed life to northern Spring and William streets, which have long been dominated by parking decks and service drives.

Progress as of Monday.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The views from the new building don’t promise to be that stellar, with the parking deck of AMLI Arts Center the most prominent feature.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

The ground floor plan on Spring Street, featuring retail spaces.
Vantage Realty