Another significant change is percolating for the northern part of Midtown’s fast-evolving skyline.
During this month’s Midtown Development Review Committee meeting, SCAD pitched plans for a mixed-use project that would include, among other facets, a 20-story tower for student living across the Connector from Atlantic Station.
The project, as proposed, would feature nearly 1,000 beds for SCAD students, a dining hall and food market, and a 33,000-square-foot auditorium, just south of where Spring Street meets the Buford-Spring Connector, according to Midtown Alliance.
SCAD students and faculty can also look forward to some 35,000 square feet of academic space, a 5,500-square-foot retail slot, and a rooftop hangout replete with a pool and open-air courtyard, per the plans.
The proposal also calls for an eight-story parking deck with 232 spaces and access to Spring Street.
SCAD proposed two curb cuts along Spring Street, but DRC officials suggested straying from that plan and opting for a single access point to foster “a more welcoming pedestrian experience.”
Additionally, the DRC asserted, multiple curb cuts would clash with plans for a protected bike lane along Spring Street.
The newly pitched mixed-use development would neighbor SCAD’s recently delivered, 14-story residence hall, Forty, which was named for the school’s 40th anniversary.
Renderings indicate it could be painted black, to echo the exterior of the Atlanta campus’s main building.