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Published on April 22nd, 2015 |


High-rise apartments may replace Christian Church of Buckhead

The Related Group of Miami, which has been trying to get a signature development project out of the ground in Atlanta since 2006, is scheduled to present yet another new Buckhead apartment project at the May 6 meeting of the Development Review Committee of SPI-12 (Special Public Interest district).

According to Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling, who oversees the DRC process for Buckhead’s SPI-12, Related Group is on the agenda to present plans for a high-rise

The Christian Church of Buckhead now sits on the 2.3 acre site at the corner of Peachtree and Stratford roads.

The Christian Church of Buckhead now sits on the 2.3 acre site at the corner of Peachtree and Stratford roads.

residential tower that would be built at the corner of Peachtree and Stratford roads.

The 2.3-acre site currently includes the home of Christian Church of Buckhead and is adjacent to the site of SkyHouse Buckhead, a 26-story 362-unit apartment tower that just celebrated its grand opening, and a half-block from another high-rise apartment project under construction on Peachtree Road named Cyan.

The Related Group reportedly is partnering with an affiliate of Ackerman & Co. on the project. The size of the project is unknown, but Related Group does have the property under contract. Ackerman & Co. has owned all of the property along that side of Stratford Road for a long time.

What is interesting is that this proposed development site is almost across Peachtree Road from a site behind Lenox Square mall where Related Group had previously submitted plans for twin high-rise apartment towers in conjunction with Simon Property Group Inc., which owns the mall.

Simon and Related Group entered talks in 2013 about a two-phase development project behind the mall that included 750 residential units. But reports are that Simon now is reaching out to other prospective development partners for that project.

Back in 2006, Related Group had big development plans for Buckhead, proposing a $2 billion project called CityPlace Buckhead on 16 acres at Roxboro and East Paces Ferry roads. That project was to have included at least six condo towers with roughly 3,800 units.

Related pulled the plug on that project when the credit market dried up due to the recent recession. The complexion of the project has changed dramatically and now is being developed primarily as apartments by Amli.

BuckheadView plans to cover the May 6 meeting of the SPI-12 Development Review Committee and will report on what is presented regarding the new Related Group project on Peachtree.

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    4 Responses to High-rise apartments may replace Christian Church of Buckhead

    1. J says:

      If they allow this development to happen they are incredibly short sighted. This stretch of Peachtree cannot handle much more traffic and that’s before Skyhouse and Cyan are fully occupied. There are other sites to build on in Buckhead that will not add to the problem. This area, despite MARTA, has incredibly poor vehicle access. There is only one way in and out. No parallel streets to take. Also consider the Regents office / multifamily building just a stone’s throw from this.

      • jp says:

        And don’t forget 600 more rental units on Roxboro & East Paces Ferry.

        I suppose the developers goal is to make the Buckhead/Lenox a walking neighborhood, since you won’t be able to travel in a car any faster.

        I can’t fathom why anyone would live here having spent 15 minutes in traffic after work traveling that last half mile to their condo.

      • yes! says:

        Will Three Alliance Center connect Stratford Rd. to Lenox? Either way, I’m all for development at this site. Buckhead’s plan is clearly shifting towards providing its constituents a walkable, neighborhood feel rather than prioritizing the automobile. Love that the opportunity for more people to walk or take transit to work is being created in this area.

    2. BC says:

      People live here because its becoming a real walkable, livable, playable city. They don’t live there to sit in there cars all day. This city is changing for the better. People that sit in traffic, well, thats your own fault. You don’t like it, get a job in Alpharetta and live in Alpharetta, thats what cars are for. Atlanta will continute to get more congested with bigger buildings, more people, etc, etc. Use Marta or sit in your car in traffic. You have a choice. I love the fact that Atlanta is growing up and becoming a real city. We don’t need more suburban, boring office developments. Density is key to becoming a world class city.

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