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Atlanta’s tallest proposed tower could now include offices under condos

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At 730 feet, rejiggered No. 2 Opus Place is (still) slated to be the city’s tallest residential high-rise

Developers expect the shimmering glass edifice, as seen here in a rendering from the north, to finish in two years.
No. 2 Opus Place, with other Midtown buildings subtracted.
Renderings by ArX Solutions, via No2 Opus Place.

At long last, officials behind No. 2 Opus Place have news to share about the 53-story condo tower that’s been slated for years to punctuate Midtown’s skyline.

Expected to stand some 730 feet, the skyscraper would be the tallest residential high-rise in Atlanta, should it actually rise up. Earlier this year, development officials told Curbed Atlanta above-ground construction should start in earnest by September or October. Requests for updates in recent weeks haven’t been fulfilled.

However, this week the Atlanta Business Chronicle learned the ever-changing Perkins+Will-designed building is now primed to include 214,000 square feet of office space.

The lower 17 floors would house No. 2 Opus Place’s office space, per the revised plans. (The Sovereign tower in Buckhead has a similar composition, as one example).

Above the offices would be 182 condos; 30 percent of which are already under contract, according to sellers associated with developer Olympia Heights, the newspaper reports.

The remaining units start around $600,000.

Prospective buyers expecting to have lower-level units would actually end up higher, having better views of the city, the paper reported.

Site work launched back in November, and Olympia Heights officials were still in talks with a general contractor about beginning the ascent, at last check.

Vertical construction is now slated to kick off in early 2019 with a possible 2021 completion date, according to the ABC.

Since the development plans have been so spotty—the developer said in May the project could be delivered in 2020, for instance—skyline-watchers of Atlanta should take that projection with a grain of salt.

It’s been five years since news of a massive project planned for the site emerged and two years since the “Opus” branding was revealed.

Initially, No. 2 Opus Place called for a 74-story hotel-condo hybrid, but 20 stories were lopped off the plans in early 2017 when the hotel component was nixed.