Like Colony Square and Ponce City Market before it, a landmark skyscraper that’s arguably Atlanta’s most recognizable building wants to remake its image as a more public-friendly place to hang out.

That could mean a new restaurant space in a high-profile place, among other changes.

The CP Group, one of Atlanta’s largest real estate companies, purchased the city’s tallest building, Bank of America Plaza, last year. It’s continuing a $100-million “reimagining” started by previous owners Shorenstein Properties to position the Peachtree Street tower as a “community-forward destination," according to project reps.

The most visible addition would be a jewel-box restaurant space positioned at the skyscraper’s base along the North Avenue side, according to an SRS Real Estate Partners marketing package

How the restaurant space could fit next to a 1.2-acre public greenspace recently installed at the skyscraper's base along Peachtree Street. SRS Real Estate Partners

An earlier rendering depicting how an indoor-outdoor restaurant could be installed. SRS Real Estate Partners; designs, Gensler

That would entail a 4,635-square-foot covered restaurant with a large patio facing the property’s new front yard, so to speak: a versatile, 1.2-acre public greenspace that finished construction last year.  

Potential changes indoors and outdoors—including a sweeping lobby redo—are described by CP Group as a “stunning transformation of a historic Postmodern icon” that remains “the pinnacle of the Atlanta skyline.”

Built in 1992, Bank of America Plaza still stands as the tallest building in the Southeast and the 23rd tallest in the U.S., according to CP Group.

SRS Real Estate Partners

Renovation ideas floated for an interior lobby and cafe at the 30-year-old landmark building. SRS Real Estate Partners; designs, Gensler

Other additions to the property CP Group is exploring include: a speakeasy lounge, a concierge-serviced conference center, a golf simulator, private dining, a podcast recording room, and wellness rooms. (All of which sounds like the amenities portfolio at a typical new student housing tower in Atlanta.) 

Bank of America Plaza has leased renovated space in recent years to tech firms such as Featurespace, Flexport, Revel Systems, and Riskalyze, joining legal and professional services firms Troutman Pepper, Hunton Andrews Kurth, and LBBS, among others.

According to its new owners, the building counts a total of 1.3 million square feet of interior space.

In the gallery above, have a closer look at proposed changes to Atlanta’s most high-profile manmade structure.


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