Published on August 5th, 2015 |1
Buckhead Atlanta unveils next retail/office development renderings
Dan Pascale, OM’s development executive on the Buckhead Atlanta project, along with architect James Puckhaber of the Gensler firm and representatives of Kimley-Horn Consultants, presented their project specifications and designs to the SPI-9 (Special Public Interest district) Development Review Committee Wednesday afternoon. The building was designed by Gensler’s California office.
The development, which includes two distinctly different office towers and two stories of retail space fronted by landscaped sidewalks, will total approximately 299,661 square feet, with 233,303 square feet of office space, 28,933 square feet of retail/restaurant space and 37,430 square feet of fitness center space. The land parcel is 1.57 acres with frontage on three streets.
Pascale, who replaced Hunter Richardson earlier this year, said that one of the office towers will be five stories over retail and parking with 17.5 feet of floor-to-floor space, which yields about 15-foot ceilings for each floor.
The second office tower, which Pascale described as a traditional Class-A office space, will be seven stories
with typical 9-foot ceilings on each floor.
Pascale said the 15-foot ceilings in the first office tower are designed to appeal to tenants who are looking for more creative office designs and use of space, such as the those who are working at Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead. Another example is the SPANX headquarters space at Buckhead Atlanta, which has similar creative open high-ceilings that appeals to today’s younger workforce. But he added that even some large law firms are now looking for that type of space.
He said there will be two separately operated towers, with two sets of parking entrances, two sets of elevators, etc., and “there will be a distinct difference between the two in tenant mix.”
Pascale also said the second floor of retail on the Peachtree Road frontage of the building is being activated for a restaurant with an outdoor dining area. He agreed to a DRC request to look at a step-back of the retail about five feet on the Peachtree Road frontage from where it was drawn and also to possibly create an outdoor dining area on the first floor of retail there.
The DRC members had very few recommendations for the development group and said they saw no reason why they would have to return for a second visit with the committee. However, Pascale indicated OM would look at the possibility of adding on-street parking along Bolling Way, which was a suggestion from the DRC.
DRC member Sally Silver even indicated in during the meeting the DRC might go along with reducing the clear zone from the street along Bolling in order to provide some on-street parking spaces.
Pascale told BuckheadView that Colliers has been engaged to market the office space for the project and that the retail space would be marketed from within the OliverMcMillan operation.