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Top 10 ATL Projects Finishing/Starting/Progressing In 2014

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As calendar years go, 2014 is monumental for Atlanta. Yes, Outkast has reunited, Tyler Perry will probably release eight movies and every professional sports team will surely raise hopes high before crushing them. But we're talking about tangible Atlanta, the built environment. Whether they're wrapping up, just starting or somewhere in between, major projects will be making mega progress all year long. Step back and think about it: Can any other city compete with a roster like this? Not just this year, but in any single year? Two national museums. An adaptive-reuse project so massive it's on the global tourism radar. The first streetcars in 60 years. A billion-dollar colosseum. Apartment projects in key places. A new district. The next phase of the country's most ambitious urban-renewal project. Yeah, it's a pretty big year.


HONORABLE MENTION:

· The Clermont Hotel's conversion to a four-star boutique hotel.

· The 1,000+ apartment wave around Historic Fourth Ward Park.

· SkyHouses.

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep and editor Josh Green

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1. Ponce City Market

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675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

The city's favorite large-scale reclamation project is slated to open this fall, with at least two tenants — the Suzuki School and Binders Art Supplies — looking at August debuts. Roughly a dozen other tenants have signed up for restaurant or office space, and the development's residential leasing office opened last week, promising impressive but pricey living.

2. Buckhead Atlanta

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3060 Peachtree Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

Last we heard, the first phase of Buckhead's swanky new mixed-use development was scheduled for a July 7 opening. Initial offerings will include Georgia's first Shake Shack and at least nine other restaurants, as well as plenty of high-end retail. It's a new district atop a nightlife graveyard.

3. Atlanta Streetcar

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215 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

Much of the construction is finished on the 2.7-mile Phase I stretch of the Atlanta Streetcar project, which has been in the works since at least 2003. Passenger service on the figure-eight track — which stretches from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, meeting in the middle at Woodruff Park — is slated for a summer-ish start. Or a little later.

4. Atlanta Falcons Stadium

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1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

Originally pegged for a groundbreaking in March, the start date for ATL's controversial new football stadium is a little foggy at the moment. The main hurdles — those two pesky churches — have been cleared, and plenty of legal land-mines remain, but this thing's going to get done sooner than later. By 2017, we'll have the pleasure of seeing an Origami Death Star Stadium every time we venture downtown.

5. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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100 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313

Slated for a May opening, the distinctive 42,000 square-foot building will be "dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces." It's downtown on Centennial Olympic Park, next door to the (new) World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. Also years in the making.

6. College Football Hall of Fame

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250 Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

This 94,000 square-foot ode to the South's greatest tradition — a transplant from South Bend, Ind. — is slated to open its doors to the public just in time for Labor Day weekend. That's the first weekend of the college football season, if you didn't already know.

7. Beltline Extensions, Enhancements

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660 Irwin Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

A number of individual projects are scheduled to be either started or finished this year, including: the Edgewood Avenue Bridge (which reopened April 1); the Eastside Trail Gateway, which will link to Historic Fourth Ward Park and should be finished this summer; and the Westside Trail, a three-mile stretch from Washington Park to Adair Park that will break ground in "the second half of 2014." Also, construction on the leg from Irwin Street to Memorial Drive should crank up this year.

8. Krog Street Market

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99 Krog Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

The significantly smaller, epicurean answer to Ponce City Market, KSM is on track for a late July opening. The former home of Tyler Perry Studios, the nine-acre site currently has about 18 restaurant tenants on the books — as well as some already-signed, unannounced leases and three open spots.

9. Inman Quarter

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280 Elizabeth Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

The Project Formerly Known As 280 Elizabeth St. technically broke ground in 2013 and won't be fully complete until January 2015, but this year will be big nonetheless. The $46 million mixed-used development in Inman Park will include 200 luxury apartments, high-end retail and several restaurants. Those include leases with chef Ford Fry, Bartaco and MF Sushi. Expect apartments and some retail as early as September.

10. 131 Ponce, Midtown

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131 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

This overhaul of legendary architect IM Pei's first building is still on track to open this summer. A 280-unit apartment project on the site of the former Gulf Oil Building, it'll engulf most of a city block — flanked by Ponce de Leon, North and Piedmont avenues, as well as Juniper Street — in the heart of Midtown. The facade will live on as designed by Pei, who was the man behind that big glass pyramid outside the Louvre and much more.

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1. Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308

The city's favorite large-scale reclamation project is slated to open this fall, with at least two tenants — the Suzuki School and Binders Art Supplies — looking at August debuts. Roughly a dozen other tenants have signed up for restaurant or office space, and the development's residential leasing office opened last week, promising impressive but pricey living.

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. Buckhead Atlanta

3060 Peachtree Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30305

Last we heard, the first phase of Buckhead's swanky new mixed-use development was scheduled for a July 7 opening. Initial offerings will include Georgia's first Shake Shack and at least nine other restaurants, as well as plenty of high-end retail. It's a new district atop a nightlife graveyard.

3060 Peachtree Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. Atlanta Streetcar

215 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Much of the construction is finished on the 2.7-mile Phase I stretch of the Atlanta Streetcar project, which has been in the works since at least 2003. Passenger service on the figure-eight track — which stretches from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, meeting in the middle at Woodruff Park — is slated for a summer-ish start. Or a little later.

215 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Atlanta Falcons Stadium

1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313

Originally pegged for a groundbreaking in March, the start date for ATL's controversial new football stadium is a little foggy at the moment. The main hurdles — those two pesky churches — have been cleared, and plenty of legal land-mines remain, but this thing's going to get done sooner than later. By 2017, we'll have the pleasure of seeing an Origami Death Star Stadium every time we venture downtown.

1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

5. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313

Slated for a May opening, the distinctive 42,000 square-foot building will be "dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces." It's downtown on Centennial Olympic Park, next door to the (new) World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. Also years in the making.

100 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. College Football Hall of Fame

250 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

This 94,000 square-foot ode to the South's greatest tradition — a transplant from South Bend, Ind. — is slated to open its doors to the public just in time for Labor Day weekend. That's the first weekend of the college football season, if you didn't already know.

250 Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. Beltline Extensions, Enhancements

660 Irwin Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

A number of individual projects are scheduled to be either started or finished this year, including: the Edgewood Avenue Bridge (which reopened April 1); the Eastside Trail Gateway, which will link to Historic Fourth Ward Park and should be finished this summer; and the Westside Trail, a three-mile stretch from Washington Park to Adair Park that will break ground in "the second half of 2014." Also, construction on the leg from Irwin Street to Memorial Drive should crank up this year.

660 Irwin Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The significantly smaller, epicurean answer to Ponce City Market, KSM is on track for a late July opening. The former home of Tyler Perry Studios, the nine-acre site currently has about 18 restaurant tenants on the books — as well as some already-signed, unannounced leases and three open spots.

99 Krog Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Inman Quarter

280 Elizabeth Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Project Formerly Known As 280 Elizabeth St. technically broke ground in 2013 and won't be fully complete until January 2015, but this year will be big nonetheless. The $46 million mixed-used development in Inman Park will include 200 luxury apartments, high-end retail and several restaurants. Those include leases with chef Ford Fry, Bartaco and MF Sushi. Expect apartments and some retail as early as September.

280 Elizabeth Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. 131 Ponce, Midtown

131 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308

This overhaul of legendary architect IM Pei's first building is still on track to open this summer. A 280-unit apartment project on the site of the former Gulf Oil Building, it'll engulf most of a city block — flanked by Ponce de Leon, North and Piedmont avenues, as well as Juniper Street — in the heart of Midtown. The facade will live on as designed by Pei, who was the man behind that big glass pyramid outside the Louvre and much more.

131 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308