The forthcoming $330 million Star Metals development straddling Howell Mill Road won’t ease traffic problems, but the plan sure is dazzling. The Allen Morris project—totaling 1 million square feet—includes a 155-key boutique hotel and a 14-story tiered tower resembling a stack of books, expected to house offices atop posh restaurants and retail with a rooftop pool and “urban forest.” Across the street, find more than 400 stylish rental units by Oppenheim Architecture and Dwell Design Studio, with interiors by Square Feet Studio, known for hip restaurant spaces like Staplehouse.
None of the incoming high-rises in Midtown hold a candle to the colossus that will be developer Olympia Heights’s No.2 Opus Place tower, designed by Atlanta-based Perkins+Will and scheduled to kick off construction midyear with a 2021 completion. Its 186 swanky condominiums will flaunt interiors by Champlimaud, the New York design firm behind the interiors of luxury hotels like the Little Nell in Aspen, featuring walls of windows, marble bathrooms, and Miele appliances. A few units are still up for grabs, starting around $600,000 and topping out near $12 million.
The OTP town is headed for a makeover that would make a city planning professor cheer. Developer Grubb Properties’ planned Park at Perimeter Center East promises unparalleled density, with 900 condos in three towers. What’s more, Grubb hired Denmark-based urban planning company Copenhagenize Design Company to encourage cycling on the nearly 20-acre campus and beyond, with research to help reimagine the city’s transportation infrastructure. The project will include 500,000 square feet of office space, at least 12,500 feet of retail, townhomes, and nearly three acres of greenspace with a multi-use trail.