Whether you’re crane-watching or viewing parklike additions to existing and new skyscrapers, there’s much to see in Midtown these days. The neighborhood has had more than 4 million square feet of office space, 5,200 residential units and more than 1,000 hotel rooms delivered or under construction in the last four years, according to the Midtown Alliance. “We’ve seen more new development, more new investment in Midtown than ever before,” says president and CEO KEVIN GREEN.
Midtown Union (pictured), which is scheduled to be complete in the third quarter, includes a 26-story office tower with 612,000 square feet, the 355-residence Mira at Midtown Union tower and a 14-story, 230-room Kimpton hotel. It’s one of 17 projects under construction, as of February, according to the Alliance. The Rockefeller Group’s 1072 West Peachtree, an office and residential project proposed to reach 61 stories, could be the city’s tallest skyscraper. Selig’s new 1105 West Peachtree added 675,000 square feet of Class A office, the Epicurean Atlanta hotel, luxury condos and amenities such as an elevated sky plaza. An outdoor terrace is among the features in Midtown Union, which is extending Arts Center Way with pedestrian-friendly retail. Green says office developers are making substantial investments in parks and plazas because they recognize the need for air, light, functional outdoor areas and collaborative spaces.