Published on July 1st, 2015 |7
NPU-B Zoning unit approves 22-story condo for 2520 Peachtree
The small room at the Cathedral of St. Philip Tuesday night was jammed—standing room only—with almost everyone attending the NPU-B Zoning Committee meeting there to hear the presentation by JPX Works. To the surprise of Zoning Committee members, no one was there to object to the proposal and it passed unanimously with agreed-to conditions.
Called 2520 Peachtree after its address, the building would rise just north of the intersection of Peachtree Road and Lindbergh Drive and adjacent to the 2500 Peachtree condominium property. It also is just north of the Peachtree Battle shopping center.
JPX Works reportedly expects to close on the existing building at 2520 Peachtree—a low-rise, three story condo building built in the 1950s—in late October. JPX hopes to break ground on the new condo project in mid-2016.
In his description of the architectural design of the building, Christian Bailey of ODA Architecture in New York City, said the tower would “embody modernism” and feature “villas in the sky” rising from the tree cover so prevalent in the Buckhead neighborhood of Peachtree Heights West.
He said the three units per floor, the large outdoor spaces of each unit and its light and airy shape would mimic an “urban lantern.” Bailey told the Atlanta Business Chronicle the Manhattan firm is drawing its inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater.”
“We feel very strongly about the effort of our architects ODA,” Portman wrote in an email to BuckheaadView late Tuesday night. “We feel it is an exquisite
design which speaks to the lovely aspect of Atlanta being the city of trees.”
Portman continued in his email, “JPX Works wants to be inspired and hopefully, through our extensive outreach to the community, we can also inspire those around us as well as answer their concerns and design accordingly.
“We put a great amount effort into listening and respecting their concerns. We also learned a great deal from those residents, which ultimately made for a better design,” Portman wrote.
Attorney Jessica Hill, of Buckhead-based Morris, Manning & Martin law firm, led the formal discussion of the project before the Zoning Committee, with Portman virtually not saying a word, but spending his time greeting and talking with neighboring residents to the project who attended the meeting.
Hill explained that the tower portion of the proposed 65 or more condo units would be 22 stories over a two- or three-story parking deck. She said it would be limited to two stories if that will work for the required number of parking spaces. No parking would be on top of the parking deck.
“The conditions of the original site plan are principally being kept,” Hill told the committee. Among those conditions were a one-story pool structure in the rear and no building within 110 feet of the west property line.
The major zoning conditions change requested before the committee was to change the property back to two lots, the way it was before being changed years ago to one lot. JPX Works does not have a contract on the second lot portion of the property as presently configured, which is owned by a separate party.
Hill said JPX Works has agreed to abide by noise limitations worked out with the neighborhood and for no exterior construction work on the building on Sundays. Additionally, that exterior speakers and lighting would be pointed east toward the building instead of in the direction of the surrounding neighbors.
The developers also have agreed that no construction staging or construction related vehicle parking will be done on any of the public streets, that existing trees will be preserved and that the developers will share the lighting and landscaping plans with adjacent neighbors “prior to going vertical.”
If there are any changes to these plans or agreements, “the Peachtree Heights West president must be notified,” Hill told the committee.
Hill explained that the architectural drawings to date “are conceptual.” She said the neighbors “seem to be very much in agreement.” She said all of the conditions are being attached to the site plan for the project and were emailed Tuesday to the city.
“As the unanimous vote in favor of this project reflects, we think this is exactly what our great city needs,” Portman said in his email to BuckheadView.
“Change is inevitable. I know it is hard for some to accept, but we at JPX Works promise this: We will always keep our word, we will always seek and respect those opinions given from those most impacted by our design, and we will endeavor to build what we say we will build,” Portman concluded.