During a recent tour, Centennial Yards officials said a small army of designers and architects from a half-dozen firms has been assembled into five teams in the past few months, focusing on six parcels of many at downtown’s long-idle Gulch.
Exactly what those teams are aspiring to create is becoming clearer.
Renderings and site plans published in Centennial Yards’ latest marketing materials show a range of buildings with a mix of uses—a hotel, two apartment buildings, and a sizable Class A office tower—that project leaders hope will break ground in roughly the next year.
The images lend a fresh sense of the general feel and scope of a massive undertaking that could create a dozen city blocks, cost about $5 billion (backed by a nearly $2 billion tax-incentive package), and require another eight years to finish.
The parcels in question—A4, E1, E2, G2, and G3—are planned to see Centennial Yards’ first new construction and prove that failed ambitions of transforming the Gulch are a thing of the past, as Centennial Yards Company president Brian McGowan recently told Urbanize Atlanta.
For starters, the 232 apartments constituting Centennial Yards South’s second phase (the G parcels on the above map) are scheduled to break ground in May and deliver in June 2024.
That facet, as codeveloped with Stream Realty Partners and designed by Cooper Carry, will include 5,100 square feet of retail, according to the latest plans. Twenty percent of apartments would be reserved as affordable housing, per the development team.
Beyond that, parcel A4 is expected to see 28 stories of Class A offices totaling 521,000 square feet, with a retail component and frontage on a new greenspace. It’s being designed by the SOM Design firm (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), which is also leading a $150-million redesign of MARTA’s Five Points Station nearby.
Nearest to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, parcels E1 and E2 would see an 18-story hotel and another apartment building drawn up by TVS Design and Good Van Slyke Architects.
Find more details and glimpses of Centennial Yards’ broader future in the above gallery.
• Photos: Touring Centennial Yards as construction gains steam (Urbanize Atlanta)