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Two Projects Make Return Visits with Updated Designs
During a virtual Midtown Development Review Committee meeting on April 13, Toll Brothers presented an updated application for its project at 1018 West Peachtree Street, and Middle Street Partners returned with updates for its dual-tower project at 1081 Juniper Street.
Midtown Alliance Announces Studio Residency Program
Midtown Alliance is expanding its Heart of the Arts initiative with the launch of its first-ever residency program. Applications are now being accepted for year-long residencies to provide artists with dedicated spaces to work inside commercial and institutional buildings at various sites throughout the district.
15th Street Extension Project Awarded $2M in Additional Federal Grants
The Atlanta Regional Commission announced that the planned extension of 15th Street was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The extension, which will be built between 15th Street's current end point at West Peachtree Street and Williams Street, will help complete the district's street grid.
Piedmont Park Operations Team Maintains Tranquil Space During Pandemic
During a typical year, Piedmont Park regularly welcomes festivals, cultural and sporting events nearly every weekend. The pandemic brought a temporary pause to these large gatherings, but Atlantans have found they need the park’s wide open spaces more than ever — for exercise, for fresh air and for their mental health.
Interface Reconfigures its HQ to Create Safer Post-Pandemic Space
Flooring manufacturer Interface Inc. plans to bring its metro Atlanta employees back to its Midtown headquarters — but not before giving thought to every detail about how its office operates and making changes as needed to keep its employees safe.
Three New Heart of the Arts Storefront Installations Enliven Midtown Sidewalks
The latest Heart of the Arts installations have a common theme: finding hope and connection through the tumultuous times we are living in. They’ll make their debut just in time for Valentine’s Day, so stroll by with a loved one or make a socially distanced coffee date to see them with a friend.
Arts District Plaza Construction Kicks Off Next Month
The updates to Arts District Plaza include new lighting, seating and landscaping on the Southeast and Southwest corners of the intersection. The centerpiece of the plaza will be Dorothy Berge’s 1968 sculpture, Sabine Woman, which is making a triumphant return to Midtown after spending some time away from the spotlight.
Lord Aeck Sargent Presents Renovation Project for 1280 West Peachtree
The DRC concluded 2020 with a presentation by Lord Aeck Sargent on proposed improvements to 1280 West, a 40-story condo tower on 16th Street between West Peachtree and Spring Street. The Homeowner’s Association seeks to update the post-modern building with an exterior “refresh” that includes modifying the building façades and roofing to accentuate the verticality of the tower and to address deferred maintenance items.
Have a Cup of Cheer in Midtown
If you’re looking for a place to spend a socially distanced evening out, there are several holiday pop-ups around Midtown to add to your list. Their themes range from winter wonderland to the tropics to your favorite 90s Christmas movie, and you can explore them all within our 1.2 square mile district.
DRC Proposals Include Adaptive Reuse Restaurant Project, 31-Story Student Housing Tower
The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) met Nov. 10 to review two proposals, one that would bring a new restaurant and outdoor dining and another for a new 31-story mixed-use student housing tower. Read details about each project and see the DRC’s recommendations here.
Capital City Real Estate Presents Plans for 24-Story Tower on Peachtree
Known as The Rhapsody, this high-end residential building has 270 apartments and 55 condominiums with separate lobbies accessed from Peachtree Street. See what the Midtown Development Review Committee thought of this new proposal here.
Many Groups Working to Untangle Homelessness During the Pandemic
We spoke to homeless outreach organizations with active street teams serving the Midtown area – and across the city – to ask how they’ve adjusted their field work in the middle of a global health crisis, what services they’re currently offering and how you can help support their efforts.
MODA Reopens With New Bike to the Future Exhibition
Types of bikes on display include cargo bikes, racing bikes, and concept bikes such as a rideshare electric bike developed by Georgia Tech students. MODA’s Executive Director previewed the exhibit and shared her thoughts on why now is the ideal time to highlight bicycle infrastructure.
Second Responders: Organizations Work for Safer Streets as Pandemic Recovery Continues
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS were forced to switch up their in-person programs. However, they still saw progress in the passage of important local policies and are now looking to achieve even more for safer streets.
Midtown Green Welcomes Four New Team Members
Our Midtown Green team has worked throughout the pandemic, implementing additional sanitizing and disinfecting measures on top of normal duties to keep people in the district safe. It’s imperative to have a full maintenance and operations staff as daytime workers and visitors begin to make their return, so we’ve added four new members to our Green team over the past few months.
Commuter Spotlight: James Saves Big with Midtown Alliance's Transit Subsidy
For James Kirkendoll, riding MARTA to work is nothing new. But when he found out that his new job with Midtown Blue offers a $50 monthly transit subsidy, he was taken aback. “I was like, wow, this is a dream job,” Kirkendoll said.
MARTA Army Provides Vital Support During Pandemic
MARTA currently has no shortage of challenges keeping it busy: its ridership - and therefore revenue - are still down due to COVID, and there are a number of new protocols in place it must meet to keep employees and riders safe. Fortunately for the transit agency, it has also had MARTA Army, an enthusiastic local nonprofit partner in its corner throughout the past year to help support its mission.
Walkable Midtown Holds Slightly Different Meaning for Seniors
More senior residents of Midtown will definitely find amenities including restaurants and shops, an easy to navigate street grid that generally lays flat and MARTA rail stations and bus stops. But those with less mobility still encounter some challenges navigating the district on foot. We spoke to two Lutheran Towers residents about how we can improve our transportation network to make it work for those from 8 to 80+.
Midtown Street Grid Helps Visually Impaired Navigate on Foot, But Challenges Remain
In celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act turning 30 this year, we’re talking with people about their experience using Midtown's transportation network. Meet Adam Hinchliffe, who is visually impaired and works in Midtown.
Selig Enterprises’ 1105 West Peachtree Already Transforming Midtown
We checked in with Steve Baile, President and Chairman of the Board, and Malloy Peterson, Senior Vice President of Development, about the project’s progress and how they have continued to stay on schedule during a difficult year for the construction industry.
As ADA Turns 30, Some Progress But Midtown Still Has Work to Do On Streets and Sidewalks
We recognize that some good work has been done, but many tenets of the ADA still have not been realized. That's why we are speaking with people whose experiences can help us improve the design of our transportation network.
The Fox Theatre Restoring Its ‘Heart and Soul’ During Shutdown
The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta has an energy of its own, standing at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue as a symbol of not only arts and culture but also public life. Due to COVID-19, that historic street corner has remained largely quiet since mid-March, with a silence that seems to permeate the district.
They’re Back: Shareable Scooters, Bikes, and e-Bikes Return to Atlanta
With the City’s updated regulations for scooter operators, a new-and-improved system for the shareable Relay bikeshare system, and new bike and scooter lanes coming online, summer 2020 is gearing up to be the summer of shared-use mobility.
LIT Lane Projects Present Opportunities to Reimagine Parking Spaces
Construction crews are currently hard at work transforming a section of Midtown’s fast-moving Spring Street to make way for a permanent new bicycle lane, with lane restriping that is scheduled to begin later this month. Work is planned to begin this fall on a similar project on West Peachtree Street, which runs parallel to Spring Street.
MARTA Doubles Down on Strategies to Bring Riders Back When Pandemic Subsides
MARTA stations are emptier than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but public transportation is still key to keeping the district accessible for all Atlantans. MARTA CEO and GM Jeffrey A. Parker spoke to us about how the agency is navigating these difficult times his thoughts on the future of the public transit industry.
Meet Midtown Green’s Andre Turner
By being out on the streets performing duties like trash and graffiti removal and landscaping, the Green team sees more of Midtown than the average person. For Green Team Member Andre “Dre” Turner, who has worked for Midtown Green since 2007, that means seeing the district transform into a denser, more urban place.
Construction on Midtown Hotel Continues During Industry-Wide Uncertainty
A hotel under construction on a historic corner of Midtown has stayed on schedule, despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy and hospitality industry. Noble Investment Group’s dual-branded hotel rises and will reach a height of 180 feet above the street level, or 14 stories, at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.
How Atlantic Yards Project Landed Microsoft Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Microsoft Corp. is making a major move into greater Midtown Atlanta while the economy is facing the worst economic fallout since the 1930’s due to COVID-19. But the promise of a robust talent pool from area universities, proximity to other tech giants like NCR Corp. and a history of successful public-private partnerships helped solidify Microsoft’s decision to put down roots in Midtown.
Midtown Restaurants Reopen for Dine-In Service With New Safety Protocols
We spoke with the owners of three Midtown restaurants — Steve Simon of Fifth Group Restaurants, including South City Kitchen, Ecco and Lure; Craig Richards of Lyla Lila; and Hugh Acheson of Empire State South— about these past few challenging months and their next chapters.
Meet Midtown Blue Public Safety Officer Terry Sadler
Although the public safety officers share the same job title, the public safety program allows each to focus on areas they are passionate about. Some PSOs have focused on homelessness and helping people with job placement. Terry Sadler, who has worked at Midtown Blue for four years, is particularly dedicated to helping at-risk youth.
High Museum of Art Welcomes Guests Back in July
Art provides entertainment, provokes thought, breaks down barriers and teaches people about different cultures. At a time when the world needs art more than ever, the High Museum is reopening its doors, and it’s ready to welcome people back in a safe and responsible way for everyone.
Midtown Receives $750K Grant From SRTA For 5th Street Complete Street Project
Proposed improvements include a two-way protected cycle track, mid-block pedestrian crossings, ADA compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, new and upgraded traffic, bike and pedestrian signals and enhanced protection and increased visibility of Light Individual Transportation (LIT) lanes.
June 2020 DRC Recap: Cousins, Portman Present Updates for Tower Projects
The Midtown Development Review Committee hosted their second virtual meeting on June 9 and saw follow-up presentations from two projects, which combined will bring more than a million square feet of new office space to Midtown.
Arts and Cultural Organizations Expand Reach by Going Virtual
The Center for Puppetry Arts and Whole World Improv Theatre are making the most of their time offstage to expand their virtual offerings. They're finding out an online platform provides endless possibilities and a reach far beyond the boundaries of Midtown.
In the News
- April 2021
- SCAD Atlanta to expand Midtown campus with new residence hall, auditoriumBiz Chronicle | Apr 27, 2021With new public plazas, office workers set to return to a greener MidtownBiz Chronicle | Apr 5, 2021
- March 2021
- It’s official: Early 1900s home will be reborn as restaurant in heart of MidtownUrbanize ATL | Mar 29, 2021Circa 730 Gains a Coffee Shop, Tapas Bar With The Opening of El Viñedo LocalWhat Now Atlanta | Mar 22, 2021Google: 'Thousands' of new roles coming to Atlanta, other cities as part of $7 billion expansionBiz Chronicle | Mar 18, 2021With Optimism Rising, Another Look at Second Responders Helping Atlanta RecoverSaporta Report | Mar 16, 2021$100 Lobster Rolls and $10 Ice Cream Sandwiches are Coming to MidtownTomorrow's News Today ATL | Mar 8, 2021Middle Street Partners Plans 470 Units, Dual Skyscrapers At Site Of Joe’s On Juniper, Einstein’sWhat Now Atlanta | Mar 4, 2021
- February 2021
- Midtown Connector would cap 10 blocks of interstate with park, reconnect streetsAtlanta Intown | Feb 23, 2021Gov. Brian Kemp, AMayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Microsoft leaders discuss Microsoft’s expansion in AtlantaMicrosoft | Feb 11, 2021More Permits Filed For Woodfield Development’s 284-Unit SoNo High-RiseWhat Now Atlanta | Feb 10, 2021How a Georgia Tech hotel's struggles mirror the strained hospitality sectorBiz Chronicle | Feb 8, 2021MARTA upgrades rail; riders may return as offices reopen as pandemic fadesSaporta Report | Feb 6, 2021Behold Google's future views from atop Midtown's forthcoming three-tower projectUrbanize ATL | Feb 4, 2021
- January 2021
- Heart of the Arts: Storefront murals and exhibitions bring diverse artistry to MidtownAtlanta INTown | Jan 24, 2021Hanover Advances 40-Story Midtown Tower With Land Development Permit FilingWhat Now Atlanta | Jan 23, 2021Hala Moddelmog to receive the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Ann Cramer Lifetime Achievement AwardBiz Chronicle | Jan 20, 2021
- December 2020
- Midtown Union closes on $210M construction financing for Invesco's new HQ office tower (Video)Curbed | Dec 23, 2020Midtown Launches Heart of the Arts Program to Display Art in Vacant StorefrontsThe Atlanta Voice | Dec 22, 2020
- November 2020
- Dallas real estate giant buys prime development site next to Margaret Mitchell HouseBiz Chronicle | Nov 30, 2020‘Innovative’ Concept From Cafe Intermezzo CEO Looking to Break Restaurant Norms in Colony SquareWhat Now Atlanta | Nov 30, 2020iPic Theater’s Opening Up Its Very Own Restaurant, Serena Pastificio, in Colony SquareWhat Now Atlanta | Nov 6, 2020
- October 2020
- Georgia Restaurant Association seeks to make sidewalk dining easier for restaurantsBiz Chronicle | Oct 29, 2020Cafe Agora is Expanding its Turkish-Inspired Midtown Mediterranean RestaurantWhat Now Atlanta | Oct 28, 2020More Details on SmoQue Burger, Coming to Collective At CODA Tech SquareWhat Now Atlanta | Oct 24, 2020GoodFellas Grand ‘Re-Opening’ In Midtown Includes New Home Park PizzeriaWhat Now Atlanta | Oct 22, 2020A 24-story Midtown residential tower features unprecedented concept for AtlantaBiz Chronicle | Oct 14, 2020Atlanta popsicle purveyors King of Pops to open stand at Colony Square's PlazaBiz Chronicle | Oct 9, 2020
- September 2020
- Midtowners Can ‘Book a Sweat’ at SweatHouz Infrared Sauna Studio Starting Sept. 25What Now Atlanta | Sep 20, 2020
- August 2020
- Georgia Tech plans $750M expansion of Technology Enterprise Park; would create 5,000 jobsBiz Chronicle | Aug 18, 2020
- July 2020
- Rockefeller Group pays near record price for one of Midtown's prime high-rise development sitesBiz Chronicle | Jul 28, 2020Resilience During the Pandemic: The Center for Puppetry Arts Continues Its Storytelling MagicSaporta Report | Jul 20, 2020StreetLights Names Midtown Tower Adjacent St. Mark United Methodist ‘The Hadley,’ Breaks GroundWhat Now Atlanta | Jul 15, 2020Rockefeller Group, Selig Enterprises form joint venture on Midtown luxury condo towerBiz Chronicle | Jul 15, 2020Midtown's Complete Streets effort among three projects in metro Atlanta to receive state fundingSaporta Report | Jul 11, 2020
- June 2020
- AT&T selling CNN Center, eventually relocating CNN to Ted Turner Campus in MidtownAJC | Jun 29, 2020Law firm signs major lease at Bank of America Plaza, continues area’s momentumBiz Chronicle | Jun 15, 2020Board promotes managing director to lead Center for Puppetry Arts, which nears reopeningBiz Chronicle | Jun 8, 2020