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Midtown’s tech-giant boom could be branching to Atlantic Station

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Rumors about Facebook at a wood-framed office building, plus Microsoft and Tesla expansions have been swirling

A ground-level view of the new office building, which stands seven stories and is wrapped in black metal and large windows.
Officials have said tech-minded companies are eyeing a lot of space here.
Hines

A few months after construction wrapped on one of Atlanta's most unique office projects, little is known about companies planning to make the space home, heightening the intrigue.

Thus far, developer Hines has announced only one tenant at T3 West Midtown: Design firm IA Interior Architects, which has claimed just 7,000 square feet of the 230,000-square-foot structure in Atlantic Station.

That’s about a quarter of one of the wood-framed building’s seven floors.

But more tenant news could be on the horizon, and officials have said they've been in talks with heavy-hitters in the tech world, continuing a trend in Midtown especially.

According to Bisnow Atlanta, a “mystery tenant” has contracted the interior buildout of a third floor of office space, bringing its next base’s footprint to more than 90,000 square feet.

The company had previously secured permits to work on the fifth and sixth floors, but now it appears it will take space on the top floor, too.

Rumors have swirled that Facebook has been eyeing space at T3 West Midtown. Hines senior managing director John Heagy declined to say whether a lease with the social media colossus was imminent during a tour of the building in November.

Heagy said only that “big names” were soon to be announced, and Bisnow’s report suggests the company claiming the 90,000-plus square feet would be announced in the next few weeks.

Facebook, though, is hardly the only big name in tech that’s kicking the tires of office complexes around Atlanta.

Microsoft could be plotting a major expansion in Atlanta, after bringing hundreds of jobs to Midtown, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

And electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, which is shopping around for about 75,000 square feet of office space, is considering places like T3, too, the paper reported.

Atlanta has lately been proving itself a hotbed for tech jobs, with major companies like search engine giant Google (at the multi-tower 1105 West Peachtree project), music streaming company Pandora, and healthcare provider Anthem finding space in Midtown alone.