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Photos: sweet Atlanta views that parking lots and storage facility will soon enjoy

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Vistas from prime Northside Drive and 17th Street site to be clouded as Fuqua Development project begins

Photos of a construction site owned by Fuqua Development in West Atlanta.
A drizzly pall ... how appropriate.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Most Atlantans have found themselves on Northside Drive, stuck at the 17th Street light, gazing wistfully across a 12.5-acre weeded lot that’d sat fallow for years.

Why? Because that gaping piece of corner-lot opportunity include sweeping views from the Art Deco crown of The Atlantic tower to downtown’s Westin Peachtree Plaza—the likes of which are rarely available in Atlanta anymore.

Now, construction has launched to turn that parcel into a moat of surface parking, dotted with a Kroger, Chipotle, other retail, and a five-story storage facility.

Once envisioned as a multi-modal train facility, and later a residential hive, the property will instead be transformed by Fuqua Development into something that, per early renderings, echoes other projects by that company from Grant Park to Lindbergh. News emerged in July of the 110,000-square-foot storage complex, which was the cherry on this slice of suburban-style cake.

For this installment of Visual Journeys, we set out to document the site’s views and contemplate what could have been here. Fittingly, it started pouring down rain.

The far, southern side of the Fuqua property along Northside Drive looking back toward the intersection with 17th Street.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta
An Amtrak train passes along the back border of the Fuqua property.
A look down 17th Street from the corner of Northside Drive as the new Fuqua Development venture comes along.
The long-vacant property backs up to IKEA.
Clouds obscure the city's skyline but you can definitely get a feel of the view as construction continues at the Fuqua property.
Atlanta Water Works buildings can be seen across Northside Drive.
Views stretch from Atlantic Station to the heart of downtown.

Coming soon ...

The five-story storage facility.
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