By all indications, as eagle-eyed readers have observed this week, Atlanta’s tallest new skyscraper project since Deion Sanders was a Brave is progressing to another stage of construction.

Following several weeks of remediation work, heavy equipment has arrived this week at the site where Manhattan-based Rockefeller Group is planning to construct a 60-story high-rise at 1072 West Peachtree Street.

Backhoes are posted near a now-vacant U.S. Post Office facility at the corner of 12th Street that’s been encircled by construction fencing since the last week of February. City of Atlanta Office of Buildings staff approved land development permits for the site the month prior to that.

We’ve checked with Rockefeller representatives for demo and construction updates and will post any additional information that comes. [UPDATE: 5:06 p.m., March 29: John L. Petricola, senior managing director for Rockefeller Group’s Southeast Region, sends the following statement: 

“Demolition of the existing structure has started at 1072 West Peachtree in Midtown. After this important project milestone is complete, we will break ground and the site work will begin. Rockefeller Group is excited to continue to be part of the ongoing growth of Midtown and Atlanta. We look forward to contributing to the neighborhood and enhancing the city skyline with this remarkable 60-story mixed-use trophy tower. Once complete, 1072 West Peachtree will be the tallest mixed-use building in Atlanta. We will share more updates as the work continues.”]

The scene around the 1072 West Peachtree property this week. Submitted

The heavy equipment marks the most concrete evidence to date the mixed-use tower is officially moving forward—in a section of central Midtown near the Connector that’s currently mobbed with construction cranes and unrelated development activity. Midtown Alliance also now lists the tower as being under construction.

Set on the southwest corner of West Peachtree and 12th streets, the Rockefeller project’s height would reshape Midtown’s skyline, especially when viewed from the west. Early indications were that Rockefeller’s tower would climb more than 730 feet—making it Atlanta’s fifth tallest high-rise, supplanting Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel for the No. 5 spot. (Project officials have not addressed how design modifications have changed that number, if they have.)

No taller building has been constructed in Atlanta since 1992.

The landing page for 1072 West Peachtree's website provides a glimpse of how the project would alter Midtown's skyline when viewed from the Connector. Rockefeller Group; Brock Hudgins Architects; TVS/1072 West Peachtree

The city has also granted Rockefeller permission to move forward with grading and installing new utilities, curb cuts, streetscape, and sidewalks at the 1.14-acre site where the high-rise is planned, according to permitting paperwork.

1072 West Peachtree is promoted as Atlanta’s most amenitized office tower, with a planned “sky garden” described as Midtown’s biggest outdoor deck. Amenities will include a luxury spa, concierge, valet, and smart building tech alongside “next-gen mechanical systems,” per the project’s promotional website.

As designed by architecture firms TVS and Brock Hudgins, 1072 West Peachtree would include 350 market-rate apartments and 212,000 square feet of offices, according to project filings. 

At the base, roughly 6,600 square feet of retail is planned along West Peachtree Street. An eight-story parking deck with some 850 spaces would be fully screened with translucent glass, project leaders have said.

Rockefeller bought the USPS site for $25 million in 2020.

In February last year, the Midtown post office closed and moved its operations to Selig’s 1065 Peachtree Street building, setting the stage for demolition and redevelopment.

Have a closer look at various aspects of the 1072 West Peachtree project in the gallery above. 


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