MIDTOWN ARTS DISTRICT: Aesthetic 'village' to radiate from Woodruff hub: Luxury condos would complement neighbors, bring people to boulevard (2006)
It has been five months since the High Museum opened the doors to its acclaimed $124 million expansion, and already there are plans to build on architect Renzo Piano’s vision of a lively, pedestrian- friendly “village for the arts.”
This is Midtown Atlanta, after all, where the construction never stops.
"37-story tower of apartments set for Midtown" (2000)
A third tower will rise in Midtown on the corner opposite One Atlantic Center.
A Dallas developer plans to start construction this fall on a 37- story, 420-foot apartment tower on the southwest corner of 14th and West Peachtree streets. Genesis Real Estate Group hopes to complete the apartment tower and a 1,001-car parking garage by March 2002.
Much of the streetscape between the Fox and 10th Street is, frankly, pretty creepy. So unless you want to stop for a po-boy at the French Quarter, this is a good time to really stretch those legs-or hop the bus.
End of An Era: Historic Cabana Hotel to be demolished
Stores, Offices to Replace Hotel
Another Atlanta landmark will be razed to clear the way for new development.
Demolition crews are prepping the former Atlanta Cabana Motor Hotel in Midtown for demolition. The wrecking ball should arrive at Peachtree and Seventh streets in about two weeks and tear down the hotel with a colorful history.
In a perfect world, someone with deep pockets and deeper cultural sensitivity would step forward, buy the Peters House —- better known in Atlanta as the site of the Mansion Restaurant —- and establish a fund to keep this fine old Midtown landmark in good condition in perpetuity.
"Hip, but Not Hopping: Flashy Rio Mall Generates Few Sparks" (1990)
There’s trouble in Rio.
The biggest crowd, it seems, is those wacky gold frogs that decorate the long, rectangular pool in the funky Midtown shopping center.
At its slowest times, the striking, two-level center of blue aluminum siding, white structural steel and swirly neon has the ambiance of an empty can. Despite its acclaim for architectural daring, Rio hasn’t yet become the popular entertainment and retail mecca that its developer, Ackerman & Co., had hoped.
"Community Apartment plan shields Myrtle Street" (1998)
Midtown residents and Post Properties have cleared the last remaining hurdles for a new residential development on 10th Street.
Senior Vice President Katherine W. Kelley of Post Apartment Development said that after meetings with community leaders and city officials, the company has devised a plan to deter cut-through traffic along Myrtle Street and to minimize on-street parking —- issues foremost on residents’ minds when Post announced its 188-unit apartment complex next to Piedmont Park.
"Demolition begins on old First Baptist site" (1999)
Despite a last-ditch effort by preservationists to save it, Midtown’s First Baptist Church met the wreckers Thursday, just weeks after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra decided not to turn the sanctuary into a new concert hall.
"I think it’s incredibly sad," said Derek Aynsley, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, after returning from the site, where he photographed the start of destruction.
Set stage: Swedish developer assembled land, went bankrupt.
A dreamer known as “The Swede” helped lay the foundation for the current buzz of activity in Midtown.
"The Swede" assembled 50 prime acres in 1991 and trumpeted plans for a mega-development. The 15-year plan, with a price tag of up to $2.5 billion, envisioned the renovation of the historic Biltmore Hotel and massive construction along or near Peachtree Street —- two 60-story towers, a regional shopping mall and more than a dozen other mixed-use buildings.