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State officials green-light Emory’s nearly half-billion-dollar Midtown tower

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The hospital is consolidating its cancer services into one 455,000-square-foot facility

A rendering of the proposed 17-story tower, which lords over a large pedestrian plaza.
The planned replacement for a surface parking lot fronting Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue.
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More than three acres of Midtown are slated to be consumed by a nearly half-billion-dollar project in the works by Emory University.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that State of Georgia officials have given the go-ahead for construction of Emory University Hospital Midtown’s $469 million Winship Cancer Institute tower.

With the help of a $200 million grant from the Robert F. Woodruff Foundation, the project is expected to produce a 17-story, 455,000-square-foot tower and large plaza that could break ground later this year.

Expected to be complete by August 2023, the building would be sited at 550 Peachtree Street—part of Emory’s campus—across Linden Avenue, where the hospital’s existing tower stands. The site plays host to a large surface parking lot now.

The two towers would ultimately be linked by a pedestrian bridge, per the ABC.

An aerial view of Midtown Atlanta with parking lots and a highway.
Emory’s Midtown complex today, with the site in question just to the north.
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This part of the campus expansion also entails the addition of 64 new hospital beds, a Da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System, and six shared operating rooms.

Today, Emory cancer services are spread across the Midtown campus, and the new tower would consolidate them.

The new tower project is part of a push toward “lessening the burden of cancer in Georgia in alignment with The Winship Way,” according to Emory University. It’s a “project that takes a fresh look at cancer care, with an eye toward better integration and streamlining of services, while delivering innovative research-based treatment and individualized care.”

From 2015 to 2018, the hospital saw the number cancer patients treated spike by 67 percent.