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Friday, May 24, 2013

Midtown condos to rise on former site of charming 1920s apartment building

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What's being touted as the newest condo development along the "Midtown Mile" in several years is moving forward. Named "Seventh," the nine-story condo building proposed by Robin Loudermilk and Dwight Bell at the intersection of Seventh and Peachtree streets will rise on land that, until earlier this year, was home to the J.A. McCord Apartments. The charming residential building was designed by J. Neel Reid, a prominent and well-regarded Atlanta architect. The building was razed late last year to make room for the new project. We've asked if Loudermilk and Bell ever considered reusing the former building in the new development's design "We looked at ways to incorporate the apartment building on 7th Street into the design of Seventh," Loudermilk said through a spokesman. "Unfortunately, the building's age and state of disrepair made that impossible. The building had become a fire and life safety hazard."

The developers did manage to preserve the Starbucks. The Atlanta Business Chronicle says the coffee chain's location on the intersection will temporarily move and relocate into the new building's ground floor once construction of the 23-unit condo building is complete.

One upside: The building won't come with a brand new surface parking lot. A spokesman tells us that a bridge will connect the building to the adjacent Viewpoint parking deck, which Loudermilk owns.

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