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Post Centennial Park rises in downtown.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta construction map update: 28 projects

As 2017 kicks off, projects are underway across downtown Atlanta, with more expected

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Post Centennial Park rises in downtown.
| Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

For years, downtown Atlanta has had the reputation of being the city's buttoned-up historic business center and tourist hub, with little new development bringing life to the area. But now, projects are being proposed — and actually rising — that could change the character of the neighborhood for good.

So like we recently did for Midtown, here's an updated map of what's going on in downtown right now.

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1. Candler Building

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127 Peachteee
Atlanta, GA
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is underway to transform this historic office building at the northern point of Woodruff Park into a boutique hotel.
The exterior of the Candler building in Atlanta. The facade is white.

2. Centennial Olympic Park

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285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
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PROPOSED - Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games, plans call for a dramatic renovation and expansion of the park, which has become the core of downtown's cultural district. Pending the demolition of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building, the park would grow to the edge of Marietta Street.

3. 377 Centennial Olympic Park Drive

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377 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Since being pitched last year, little new news has emerged for the proposed 12-story, 331-unit apartment tower across the street from the Center for Civil and Human Rights, at the northeast corner of Centennial Olympic Park. While Developer Kaplan hoped to break ground last year, site access issues have reportedly caused delays.

4. Auburn Aparments

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145 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - The Integral Group is hoping to bring 92 residential units and 4,000 square feet of retail space to Auburn Avenue, along the streetcar line. No timeline has been released.
A rendering of Auburn Apartments in Atlanta.

5. Canopy Hotel

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311 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Proposed nearly a year ago, the project is likely now a longterm long-shot. Legacy Properties has indicated the 350-room dual-branded Hilton property just to the west of Centennial Olympic Park is on indefinite hold.
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6. Creative Media Industries Institute

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25 Park Pl NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Georgia State University is transforming the low-rise building at the southwest corner of Woodruff Park, part of the midcentury Trust Company of Georgia complex, into a multi-media hub featuring a state-of-the-art production studio. Work should wrap by this summer.
GSU

7. Forsyth-Walton Building

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52 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - Threatened with demolition last year, this art-deco two-story building may just get a reprieve from the wrecking ball. After community uproar about the project's original plans, the neighboring telecom building has proposed retaining the existing structure as part of an expansion. No word on a timeline.

8. Georgia Dome Site Hotel

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Georgia Dome Dr
Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Planned for the current site of the Georgia Dome, the hotel is still in the conceptual design phase. Rumor has it this lodge could have more than 2,000 rooms, making it the largest hotel in the city. All early concepts show a tall, sleek design.

9. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW and Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The new home for the Atlanta Falcons as well as Atlanta United soccer, the futuristic stadium will open in 2017 to replace the adjacent Georgia Dome. Some observers have predicted it will be the NFL's most impressive coliseum.
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10. Post Centennial Park

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143 Simpson St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The Post Properties project straddling Simpson Street, across from the World of Coca-Cola is nearly halfway complete. When done, more than 400 new apartments will be added to the neighborhood.

11. Rosser Building Hotel

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524 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - A 175-room, eight-story "upper midscale" hotel is proposed to replace the four-story neo-classical building just north of the MARTA Civic Center Station, across the street from Emory Midtown Hospital. Built as a Packard Car dealership, the building also served as offices for Eastern Airlines and architecture firm Rosser International. No concrete plans have been revealed.

12. Rufus Rose House

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537 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - Long abandoned, the 1901 Rufus Rose house on Peachtree Street is in need of some serious TLC. For more than a year, owner Liliana Bakhtiari has planned a performance venue, office spaces, and a restaurant to help activate the front yard of the 5,200-square-foot Victorian, though no work has been seen as of yet.

13. SkyTower Thrill Park

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168 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - At last check, the team behind downtown's Ferris wheel, SkyView, is planning a SkyTower to combine three amusement rides: SkyShot, SkyDrop, and SkyTwist. No timeline has been released.
via ABC

14. Springhill Suites

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239 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Vision Hospitality Group is bringing a nine-story SpringHill Suites to the neighborhood north of Centennial Olympic Park. Facing the Georgia Aquarium's parking garage, the building has risen out of the ground in the last six months. No word on a final completion date.

15. The Byron

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549 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is wrapping up on Realty Vantage Partners' transformation of a former dormitory for Emory Midtown Hospital and two adjoining 1890s retail spaces into a high-end residential complex with street-level spaces for retail and restaurants, each between 1,500 and 3,500 square feet.
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16. Underground Atlanta

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50 Upper Alabama St #007
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-2311
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PROPOSED - Developer WRS is gunning for a massive overhaul of the historic heart of the city, proposing residences, retail, offices, and a grocery store to drive density around Five Points. Any work is a long way off, though, as the property still has yet to leave city hands. Legal fights are brewing over the transfer of city-owned streets, which could be another obstacle for redevelopment.
WRS

17. 120 Piedmont Student Housing

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120 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The trend of luxury student housing has arrived at GSU, with this new 26 story tower to house 650 students. Slated to open this fall, the facility will have a massive amenity deck with a pool and views of the GSU campus.

18. AC Hotel

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101 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The old Inn at Centennial Park is undergoing a $20 million overhaul in preparation for its rechristening as the AC Hotel by Marriott. The hotel will reopen in April, officials say.

19. Baltimore Block

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Atlanta's oldest apartments are being rehabbed to create fresh new offices just north of The Connector. When work is completed, the complex will contain more than 50,000 square feet of workspace.

20. Cambria Hotel and Suites

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166 Pryor St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is underway to transform this old commercial building into a 124-room hotel. The Sejwad Hospitality project is estimated to cost roughly $16.5 million and be complete sometime this year.
The exterior of Cambria Hotel and Suites in Atlanta. The facade is tan brick with multiple windows. Google Maps

21. Cristo Rey High School

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222 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is in full-swing to transform a dated office building at the eastern edge of downtown into a new home for Cristo Rey High School. Exterior work is wrapping up, with plans for the school to move in for the fall semester.

22. Kiser Building

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206 Pryor St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - First announced more than 10 months ago, the project is slated to bring more than 40 apartments to south downtown — a rarity. Now, with $8.5 million lined up, the project is a go, though a timeline has not been finalized.
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23. Medical Arts Building

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384 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - While it's still unclear what will be in store for the future of this long-vacant Beaux Arts tower on the edge of The Connector, an announcement this month of a deal with Easements Atlanta indicates that the tower will be adaptively reused.

24. Northside Drive Bridge

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64 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
PROPOSED - With the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium this summer, the city is planning to construct a serpentine bridge connecting the new stadium to the Vine City MARTA Station, across Northside Drive.
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25. Peachtree Center Renovation

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231 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 654-1296
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION - A renovation is underway to modernize many of the public spaces around this downtown landmark in preparation for the complex's 50th anniversary.

26. Peachtree-Pine SWAT Facility

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Peachtree St NE & Pine St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - Currently home to an infamous homeless shelter, the northeastern corner of Peachtree and Pine streets is the proposed home for a new consolidated law enforcement and homeland security facility. Details are very scant, and there is no timeline as the shelter still operates.
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27. Stitch

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406 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - An ambitious proposal for capping The Connector with a massive park was floated last year by Central Atlanta Progress. Surrounded by high-rises, the park could become the new center for downtown. Construction is likely years away.

28. Sweet Auburn Ballroom

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23 Jesse Hill Jr Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - Announced late last year, the Sweet Auburn Ballroom is slated to fill an outdated YMCA building on Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive off of Auburn Avenue. Live Nation, who also runs the Tabernacle downtown — roughly more than double the size of the Ballroom — will develop and manage the venue.

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1. Candler Building

127 Peachteee, Atlanta, GA
The exterior of the Candler building in Atlanta. The facade is white.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is underway to transform this historic office building at the northern point of Woodruff Park into a boutique hotel.
127 Peachteee
Atlanta, GA

2. Centennial Olympic Park

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games, plans call for a dramatic renovation and expansion of the park, which has become the core of downtown's cultural district. Pending the demolition of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building, the park would grow to the edge of Marietta Street.
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. 377 Centennial Olympic Park Drive

377 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Since being pitched last year, little new news has emerged for the proposed 12-story, 331-unit apartment tower across the street from the Center for Civil and Human Rights, at the northeast corner of Centennial Olympic Park. While Developer Kaplan hoped to break ground last year, site access issues have reportedly caused delays.
377 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

4. Auburn Aparments

145 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
A rendering of Auburn Apartments in Atlanta.
PROPOSED - The Integral Group is hoping to bring 92 residential units and 4,000 square feet of retail space to Auburn Avenue, along the streetcar line. No timeline has been released.
145 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

5. Canopy Hotel

311 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30313
via BisNow
PROPOSED - Proposed nearly a year ago, the project is likely now a longterm long-shot. Legacy Properties has indicated the 350-room dual-branded Hilton property just to the west of Centennial Olympic Park is on indefinite hold.
311 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. Creative Media Industries Institute

25 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
GSU
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Georgia State University is transforming the low-rise building at the southwest corner of Woodruff Park, part of the midcentury Trust Company of Georgia complex, into a multi-media hub featuring a state-of-the-art production studio. Work should wrap by this summer.
25 Park Pl NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. Forsyth-Walton Building

52 Walton St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
PROPOSED - Threatened with demolition last year, this art-deco two-story building may just get a reprieve from the wrecking ball. After community uproar about the project's original plans, the neighboring telecom building has proposed retaining the existing structure as part of an expansion. No word on a timeline.
52 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Georgia Dome Site Hotel

Georgia Dome Dr, Atlanta, GA 30313
PROPOSED - Planned for the current site of the Georgia Dome, the hotel is still in the conceptual design phase. Rumor has it this lodge could have more than 2,000 rooms, making it the largest hotel in the city. All early concepts show a tall, sleek design.
Georgia Dome Dr
Atlanta, GA 30313

9. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW and Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Curbed
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The new home for the Atlanta Falcons as well as Atlanta United soccer, the futuristic stadium will open in 2017 to replace the adjacent Georgia Dome. Some observers have predicted it will be the NFL's most impressive coliseum.
Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW and Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

10. Post Centennial Park

143 Simpson St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The Post Properties project straddling Simpson Street, across from the World of Coca-Cola is nearly halfway complete. When done, more than 400 new apartments will be added to the neighborhood.
143 Simpson St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

11. Rosser Building Hotel

524 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - A 175-room, eight-story "upper midscale" hotel is proposed to replace the four-story neo-classical building just north of the MARTA Civic Center Station, across the street from Emory Midtown Hospital. Built as a Packard Car dealership, the building also served as offices for Eastern Airlines and architecture firm Rosser International. No concrete plans have been revealed.
524 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

12. Rufus Rose House

537 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
PROPOSED - Long abandoned, the 1901 Rufus Rose house on Peachtree Street is in need of some serious TLC. For more than a year, owner Liliana Bakhtiari has planned a performance venue, office spaces, and a restaurant to help activate the front yard of the 5,200-square-foot Victorian, though no work has been seen as of yet.
537 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

13. SkyTower Thrill Park

168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
via ABC
PROPOSED - At last check, the team behind downtown's Ferris wheel, SkyView, is planning a SkyTower to combine three amusement rides: SkyShot, SkyDrop, and SkyTwist. No timeline has been released.
168 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

14. Springhill Suites

239 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Vision Hospitality Group is bringing a nine-story SpringHill Suites to the neighborhood north of Centennial Olympic Park. Facing the Georgia Aquarium's parking garage, the building has risen out of the ground in the last six months. No word on a final completion date.
239 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

15. The Byron

549 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Work is wrapping up on Realty Vantage Partners' transformation of a former dormitory for Emory Midtown Hospital and two adjoining 1890s retail spaces into a high-end residential complex with street-level spaces for retail and restaurants, each between 1,500 and 3,500 square feet.
549 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

16. Underground Atlanta

50 Upper Alabama St #007, Atlanta, GA 30303
WRS
PROPOSED - Developer WRS is gunning for a massive overhaul of the historic heart of the city, proposing residences, retail, offices, and a grocery store to drive density around Five Points. Any work is a long way off, though, as the property still has yet to leave city hands. Legal fights are brewing over the transfer of city-owned streets, which could be another obstacle for redevelopment.
50 Upper Alabama St #007
Atlanta, GA 30303

17. 120 Piedmont Student Housing

120 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The trend of luxury student housing has arrived at GSU, with this new 26 story tower to house 650 students. Slated to open this fall, the facility will have a massive amenity deck with a pool and views of the GSU campus.
120 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

18. AC Hotel

101 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The old Inn at Centennial Park is undergoing a $20 million overhaul in preparation for its rechristening as the AC Hotel by Marriott. The hotel will reopen in April, officials say.
101 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

19. Baltimore Block

Atlanta, GA 30313