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Renderings: Midtown leaders succeed in amending forthcoming high-rise designs

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One project in a very walkable area is losing its retail component, however

A rendering of the lower levels of a residential tower, with a Gothic-style church and the Bank of America building in the background.
A ground-level look at StreetLights Residential’s 26-story proposal at Juniper and 5th streets.
StreetLights Residential, via Midtown Alliance

Last month, developer Toll Brothers debuted a two-tower project for Midtown’s Design Review Committee.

And now the proposal—like another high-rise father south in the booming subdistrict—has seen some updates.

Toll Brothers’s plan would create some 206 student housing units and 385 market-rate residences atop street-level retail and restaurant space in the 1000 block of West Peachtree Street.

The DRC suggested adding a continuous sidewalk and a rideshare staging spot and short-term parking area.

Toll Brothers, returning to the DRC this month, obliged those requests by bringing pedestrian access to a “publicly accessible private street” and putting the pick-up and drop-off spots on the street and inside the parking deck.

Toll Brothers, via Midtown Alliance

Another significant change that came of the DRC’s input altered the look and function of developer StreetLights Residential’s proposed 26-story tower at 5th and Juniper streets, behind the Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

The plans presented in June called for almost 300 market-rate residences, more than 4,000 square feet of retail, and a seven-level parking podium.

But, after StreetLights worked with the Atlanta City Studio on the design, the developer axed plans for the Gothic-style gable on the roof, brought the balconies into the building—instead of protruding outward—and eliminated the planned retail in exchange for two new residential units.

Nixing the plans for the retail component might come as a surprise to observers, especially considering the area’s commendable walkability.

One rendering (left) shows a stocky, plain grey and white tower with a Gothic-style gabled roof. At right, a newer rendering of the same tower shows the gable is gone, and the balconies are now embedded in the architecture. The latter rendering is also sh
The original rendering for the residential tower versus the new one.
StreetLights Residential, via Midtown Alliance