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Midtown’s No2 Opus Place scores city’s thumbs up for commercial component

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The 53-story skyscraper is expected to offer seven floors of office space beneath residences

Developers expect the shimmering glass edifice, as seen here in a rendering from the north, to finish in two years.
The proposed tower would rise to roughly 730 feet.
Renderings by ArX Solutions, via No2 Opus Place.

The tallest skyscraper slated to rise in Atlanta has taken another step toward becoming a reality.

On Wednesday, project officials announced the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Planning had approved its Special Administrative Permit, green-lighting developers’ intentions to add a commercial component to the proposed luxury condo high-rise.

Officials announced in October the 53-story, Perkins+Will-designed tower would include not just residences, but some 214,000 square feet of office space, adding to a wave of high-rise office projects already underway in Midtown.

Proposed by developer Olympia Heights, No2 Opus Place is expected to offer seven floors of office space below 182 condos. More than 30 percent of those homes have already sold, officials say.

The remaining residences start around $600,000.

No2 Opus Place would stand roughly 730 feet, making it the city’s tallest residential tower.

“No2 Opus Place is one step closer to breaking ground, having earned a key approval from the City of Atlanta this week,” said Lori Lane, senior vice president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and cofounder of the project’s sales and marketing partner CITY HAUS, according to a press release.

“We’ve experienced a highly positive reaction to the addition of the commercial plans from current and potential buyers and have seen an increase in sales activity since the commercial component was first announced,” she continued.

The general contractors for the job are anticipated to be announced in early 2019. Long-delayed vertical construction would kick off soon after, and the project is scheduled to be done in 2021, assuming it doesn’t suffer more setbacks.

This story was updated on December 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. to say that the tower will hold seven floors of office space, not 17, as was previously reported.