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A massive Hines development at Perimeter Center in Sandy Springs GA just north of Atlanta has been redesigned from a cluster of 26 and 17 story towers to a single 50 story skyscraper along with several shorter hotel and residential towers


Holy Skyscraper! It's the Tallest Suburban Tower in the Country

After getting the Atlanta Regional Commission's stamp of approval last April, renderings have emerged of Northpark 100, a proposed 50-story mixed-use tower and "village" of several shorter buildings on the Perimeter. Initially conceived as a series of towers rising as high as 26 stories, the new dimensions would not only make Northpark 100 the tallest building outside of the Perimeter but also the tallest suburban skyscraper in the nation. Hines, the Texas-based developer of the enormous project, hopes a Fortune 500 company will help fill the complex's 1.4 million square feet of office space.

The development, which will sit inside the square formed by GA-400, Abernathy Road, Mount Vernon Highway and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road (see map below), still needs Sandy Springs to change the zoning from office to mixed-use so that 500 apartments, 250 hotel rooms and 150,000 square feet of retail could be included. Presented at the July meeting, the decision was put off until September. The primary concern, as always, is traffic.



Hines Seeking Rezoning For Massive Perimeter Development

A Houston development firm is planning a massive mixed-use development in Sandy Springs that would be one of the largest new developments in the Central Perimeter area in many years.

Hines, a real estate investment trust, has requested a rezoning of land at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road to allow construction of what it calls 100 Northpark. The development will include a blend of high-rise office space, as well as retail space, 500 residential units and a 250-room hotel, according to a Development of Regional Impact filing with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The request to rezone 16 acres at a critical intersection in Sandy Springs comes as the office market in the Central Perimeter region has heated up, filling up more vacant space last year than any other regional submarket. That has fueled speculation that high-rise development could soon return to a metro area that in recent years suffered the hangover of a pre-recession building boom and the lack of demand caused by the financial collapse.

The office component in the Hines project — 1.5 million square feet — would be larger in total floor space than Bank of America Plaza or the combined space of more than two Equitable buildings. The filing states that Hines is seeking to build 150,000 square feet of retail.

The project is designed to be “transit-oriented” and it is adjacent to MARTA rail as well as being close to major freeways, said John Heagy, senior vice president for Hines. He added having connections to transit options is part of Hines’ strategy of development.


Huge Project At Perimeter Clears Government Hurdle

The Atlanta Regional Commission has given its stamp of approval to the Perimeter area's largest proposed mixed-use project in ages. Houston-based developer Hines has pitched the project, called "100 Northpark," for a wooded plot at Abernathy Road and Ga. Highway 400. The proposal isn't unexpected, as the Central Perimeter office district filled more high-end office space in 2012 than any other Atlanta submarket, the AJC reports. The ARC weighed in because the proposal's scope falls under something called the "Development of Regional Impact program" — i.e., this baby is big. Sandy Springs would still have to approve zoning.

Here's the vision: 100 Northpark would be a mix of high-rise office space — with towers as high as 26 stories — about 150,000 square feet of retail space, 500 residential units and a 250-room hotel. At 1.5 million square feet, the office component would be larger in total floor space than Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta's tallest building. According to Reporter Newspapers, Hines hopes to have 100 Northpark completed by 2017.


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I kind of like the overall feel of the renderings. It is a big building, but if demand exists one is going to care if for a project like this than I say build it. That said I would rather see the forested acreage become a park and this project built on top of the Home Depot to the south. Now if the state had just allowed the growth of MARTA we could have been doing this.
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