Vertical construction has begun on a residential project that should add visual intrigue to Atlantic Station for hundreds of thousands of car commuters per day. Not to mention several hundred living options at the edge of the shopping, dining, and working hub.

AMLI Atlantic Station—a 12-story, mixed-use building with stair-stepped designs overlooking Midtown’s section of the downtown Connector, where Interstates 75 and 85 merge—was initially proposed in 2016 and finally broke ground in October.

The 360-unit project is filling the gap in Atlantic Station’s street grid where the Atlanta Open tennis tournament had long been played.

As designers Smith Dalia Architects put it, the building’s “dramatic stepped form creates terraces with a one-of-kind vista of Atlanta’s sweep from downtown to Midtown,” while expanding Atlantic Station’s live-work-play footprint across more of its 138 acres.

The most recent rendering depicting the AMLI building's terraced stance over the downtown Connector. Atlantic Station/Smith Dalia Architects

As seen last week, the beginnings of vertical construction where Connector-adjacent apartments have been in the pipeline for more than six years. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

The AMLI project is also set to include about 25,000 square feet of shops and restaurants at street level—on the side opposite the Connector, facing Market Street. A deep, centralized courtyard is planned for the side facing northern Midtown’s changing skyline.

AMLI currently operates and owns apartment communities to the east and west of Atlantic Station, with AMLI Arts Center in the heart of Midtown and AMLI Westside on Howell Mill Road. AMLI bought the 2.3-acre site next to Atlantic Station’s Dillard’s for $10.5 million in 2016.

The apartments mark the final piece of void-filling new construction promised over the years by Houston-based Hines, which acquired Atlantic Station for $200 million in 2015 and forecasted an overhaul in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

A half-dozen vacant acres around the private property have yet to be developed, however, and sources have indicated a huge, shed-like basketball facility built last year along 17th Street isn’t technically permanent.

Have a closer look at where Atlantic Station’s next housing option stands today—and how it’s expected to function when completed—in the gallery above.


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