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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Buckhead Atlanta restarts construction work, massive hole in ground could finally become something

Development envisions new street grid, mixed-use in area where some of Atlantas most bustling bars once stood
  • OliverMcMillan
  • Development envisions new street grid, mixed-use in area where some of Atlanta's most bustling bars once stood
Look o'er yonder! The cranes that have spent three years towering over that massive hole in Buckhead! They're finally moving!

Buckhead's long slog toward becoming a more pedestrian friendly part of Atlanta — a quest interrupted by the economic crash — moved forward today as crews restarted work on a 1.5 million square-foot, mixed-use development that will stretch across eight acres along Peachtree Road.

San Diego-based OliverMcMillan says its "completely walkable community" — dubbed "Buckhead Atlanta," a name that doesn't help with Google searches — will fit seamlessly into the "fabric of Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood while creating its own energy and excitement." Once complete, the $1 billion project will feature "300,000 square feet of upscale retail stores, restaurants and cafes, over 100,000 square feet of office space and 370 luxury high-rise residences." OliverMcMillan, which scooped up (and scaled back) the Rodeo Drive-esque, "Streets of Buckhead" concept originally proposed by local developer Ben Carter several years ago, counts high-end French design store Hermes as the first tenant prepared to set up shop on land which once housed one of the city's most vibrant nightlife districts.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, construction could be completed at the end of next year. After the jump, photos and renderings galore.

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  • OliverMcMillan

And some photos of and from inside the pit:

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