Bike Day 1971 near 10th St and Peachtree - Then vs. Now

This new pocket park gives a finished look to the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree…even though most of Midtown wishes John Dewberry would go ahead a develop the darn thing.  I’m of the opinion that it’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen.  The park looks a little bland right now but some spring flower plantings should change that nicely.

Work has finally started on the new market at 10th and Peachtree. (Taken with Instagram)

Work has finally started on the new market at 10th and Peachtree. (Taken with Instagram)

Noble Investment Group has begun its $20 million renovation of the former Hotel Midtown near the 10th Street and Peachtree Street intersection at 125 10th St.

Noble purchased the property last fall for $15 million and is in the process of transitioning the former independent hotel to the full-service Hyatt Atlanta Midtown. Originally built in 1986, the hotel will add three rooms, bringing the count to 194 when it opens sometime in early 2013.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a concrete composite and glass panels will replace the red brick and windows on the exterior façade. The entrance will be made more pedestrian friendly, while all the public areas inside, such as the pool and dining area, will be redesigned.

The ABC went on to say that the former Mojito Restaurant Lounge “will be converted to a Hyatt-branded concept and relocated to front 10th St.”

I knew some major renovations were coming for this hotel, but I didn’t realize that included replacing the entire exterior!  That should be a huge improvement, but I’m more excited about the pedestrian improvements.  I’ve always been disappointed at how even though the 10th Street side has windows and doors the curtains are always drawn so it seems dead anyway.  Moving the hotel restaurant to that spot should liven things up a little. 

10th Street east of Peachtree, 1960.  If I’m not mistaken, the reddish building on the left with the “lunch” sign housed Jock’s and Jill’s for a while.  That would make it the only building in this picture that’s survived to present day.  Midtown Atlanta.
(via Atlanta History Center Album. 10th Street)

10th Street east of Peachtree, 1960.  If I’m not mistaken, the reddish building on the left with the “lunch” sign housed Jock’s and Jill’s for a while.  That would make it the only building in this picture that’s survived to present day.  Midtown Atlanta.

(via Atlanta History Center Album. 10th Street)

1950 photo of 10th St and Piedmont Ave. Midtown Atlanta.

1950 photo of 10th St and Piedmont Ave. Midtown Atlanta.

The crazy cool Jesus mural at the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree Street. 1970, Midtown Atlanta
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

The crazy cool Jesus mural at the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree Street. 1970, Midtown Atlanta

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Midtown)

1960 view of Peachtree Street at 10th Street.  Midtown Atlanta
(via Atlanta History Center Album. Peachtree Street)

1960 view of Peachtree Street at 10th Street.  Midtown Atlanta

(via Atlanta History Center Album. Peachtree Street)

"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.

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