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Atlanta’s rapidly changing Howell Mill Road corridor, in 15 photos

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A half-dozen major projects are under construction (with more planned) in just a few West Midtown blocks

A photo of the formerly vacant southwest corner of 10 Street and Howell Mill Road.
The formerly vacant southwest corner of 10th Street and Howell Mill Road.
Photos: Curbed Atlanta

Crane-watching in Atlanta doesn’t get much better than the Howell Mill Road corridor right now.

Across the Upper Westside Improvement District, a special governmental entity formed by commercial property owners and approved by the City of Atlanta in 2016, more than $1.3 billion in development is moving forward right now, officials recently told Curbed Atlanta.

The bulk of that is centered in a few short blocks around Howell Mill, where a half-dozen, large-scale projects are altering the landscape in very noticeable ways.

A passerby could toss a baseball from one big construction site to the next.

This week, we braved the pollen to set out and chronicle what the rapidly changing area looks like right now—and how renderings predict it’ll look soon.

Let’s begin a few yards off Howell Mill Road near Marietta Street, where developers Gateway Ventures and Atlantic Capital Properties are clearing sizable lots for 8West, a planned 200,000-square-foot community. The $150 million project, designed by MSTSD and ASD|SKY architecture firms, will feature 175,000 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of retail, and 264 apartments by Trammell Crow Residential (the latter component designed by Rule Joy Trammell Rubio).
The 8West development is planned to mesh with existing buildings (bottom right) at the corner.
Rendering courtesy of Gateway Ventures
Now rounding the corner onto Howell Mill, changes have gone vertical. Opened three years ago, The Brady complex has a new neighbor of 319 apartments, at right, to be called The Osprey.
The Osprey’s corner at 10th Street and Howell Mill.
Courtesy of Toll Brothers
How the Osprey is meeting Howell Mill with 13,000 square feet for restaurants and retail.
A remnant of the Super Bowl LIII mural campaign along Brady Avenue.
Looking back toward 10th Street and central Midtown.
The massive, multifaceted Star Metals project is beginning to make its presence felt along both Howell Mill and Brady Avenue, as seen here near Compound Lounge.
A Howell Mill mainstay and Atlanta blues/dive-bar classic since 1972, the Northside Tavern is surrounded by construction.
Juxtaposition of old and new.
Sited at the intersection of Howell Mill and 14th Street, The Interlock is anticipated to bring some 200,000 square feet of loft office space, upwards of 100,000 square feet of retail, and a 145-key Marriott Tribute Portfolio hotel. Branded signage rings the construction site today.
The Interlock’s site grading.
How The Interlock is planned to meet Howell Mill Road.
And along 14th Street.
Site of a former scrap metal yard where the Star Metals’s class A office building is expected to open in 2020, offering 185,000 square feet for workers and a glassy rooftop restaurant and bar with views from downtown to Buckhead.
At the office building’s base (left), expect 30,000 square feet of retail.
Allen Morris Company
The curved exterior corner of Star Metals’s residential component is beginning to take shape, as seen at left in the rendering below.
The 400 apartments, left, and offices are on track to deliver next year.
Allen Morris Company
The corner property where Star Metals’s developers are planning a 175-foot-tall hotel with stacked architecture that would echo the under-construction offices next door.
Allen Morris officials told Curbed Atlanta recently construction of the Gensler-designed hotel could launch in the third quarter of this year.
Renderings: Star Metals Atlanta, via Facebook
Meanwhile, a couple of blocks aways, site work continues for 788 West Midtown—a glassy West Marietta Street condo high-rise with prices beginning at $541,900 (two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,129 square feet).
Expect 20 stories of condos, overlooking active rail lines with skyline views beyond.
788 West Midtown