Published on May 19th, 2016 |2
Buckhead strip center redo nearly done; 2 hotels upgrading facades
The Buckhead Exchange strip center, 3167 Peachtree Road at Peachtree and Grandview Avenue, has been totally stripped down to its bare bones by North Carolina-based FCA Partners and the renovation is scheduled to be wrapping up in the next month or so.
FCA has spent the past two years renovating the center over the past two years with modern stylings and easier pedestrian access. The reason for returning before the SPI-9 DRC was a request for modifications to a previously approved SAP to accommodate changes for new tenant Yeah Burger.
The changes are the result of efforts to increase internal ques to minimize outdoor waiting times. Changes include modifications to the exterior
dining area on the Peachtree frontage (enclosing to add heaters) and incorporation of previous impervious side patio of the building to become enclosed interior space incorporated into the dining area.
SculptHouse, a fitness business, is already open in The Exchange. Storico Fresco, the pasta store now located on Roswell Road, will move in next
month and expand to include a restaurant, bar and Italian market. (Update: Storico Fresco opened Friday, May 20, in its new space.)
Other signed tenants include a Kohler plumbing and fixtures signature showroom and the smoothie shop Kale Me Crazy. The Exchange has room for up to 15 tenants, depending on floor space, and is in active negotiations with six more businesses.
2 hotels upgrade their facades, street appeal
Meanwhile, both the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Buckhead, 3398 Piedmont Road, and Buckhead’s Ritz Carlton hotels appeared before their respective SPI-9 and SPI-12 DRCs to present plans primarily for updating their facades and street appeal.
The Hampton Inn owners want to change the hotel’s once-trademark mansard-style roof, but the DRC members also suggested the property could use a sprucing up of its landscaping, which the hotel owners were receptive to.
Since the Hampton Inn chain is getting away from the mansard roof style, the owners want to disguise the roofline with a new, lighted cornice. SPI-9 to which committee members gave some advice on appropriate materials.
But the committee also suggested improving the landscaping in coordination with the Buckhead Community Improvement District, which is planning streetscape improvements along that corridor.
The changes to the Ritz Carlton include modifications to existing restaurant area to break into social banquet space with the addition of exterior terrace open to sunlight. Work will include removal of existing façade and replacement with precast concrete and glass curtain wall. The terrace will have glass railing and potentially sunshade.
The work is limited to the Lobby and second floor of the building on the East side, facing Peachtree Street. The scope includes the addition of approximately 1,210 gross square feet of conditioned area to the existing building structure along with an additional 2,155 GSF of new outdoor function terrace, sidewalk and landscaped areas.
The new meeting room will function primarily as a social banquet room with direct access to the new exterior function terrace. The new social room features an expansive glass curtain wall façade facing Peachtree Road.
Additional work associated with the expansion includes all new finishes within the interior, new mechanical equipment to service the space, new operable partitions to sub-divide the function area, feature interior lighting and other function amenities.
In addition to this expansion, the project also includes the interior renovation of the existing restaurant, lobby bar, function restrooms and meeting/banquet room on the second floor.
The total conditioned area in scope is approximately 12,438 GSF. This includes both the new building addition and existing space to remain and be renovated. The restaurant will be a new food concept with all new fixtures, furnishings, lighting and finishes.
The location of the bar within the current lobby lounge will be relocated along with all new furnishings, lighting and finishes. The restrooms will be fully renovated and expanded to adequately serve the new function spaces.