8 developments that sprung up in Atlanta during the past year

Surprise! If you haven't ventured out beyond your neighborhood lately, you might not realize how many new buildings have gone up in the past year

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When office workers return after the pandemic, they might not recognize Atlanta. While they were away, the city’s development engine didn’t just hum, it roared. From mid-March to mid-December, city officials issued construction permits for nearly 5,000 projects and inspected roughly 45,000 job sites. Construction workers swung hammers and poured concrete to build apartments on the Westside, construct office buildings in Midtown, and renovate a historic school in Old Fourth Ward. Here are eight of the most notable additions to the cityscape during the pandemic.

Atlanta pandemic development
1055 Howell Mill Road, the residential phase of Star Metals District

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
1197 Peachtree Street, the Jones Day law firm’s new office at Colony Square

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
712 West Peachtree Street, Portman Holdings’s 23-story office building

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
889 Howell Mill Road, 8West, a mixed-use project on the Westside

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
740 West Peachtree Street, Anthem Healthcare’s 352,000-square-foot IT hub

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
551 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, the renovated historic David T. Howard School

Photograph by Martha Williams

Atlanta pandemic development
170 17th Street, one of Atlantic Yards’s two office buildings

Photograph by Martha Williams

This article appears in our February 2021 issue.

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