Explosive growth in the blocks between Georgia Tech and the Howell Mill Road corridor is set to continue in a significant way this year, according to developers.

Allen Morris Company is planning to build a 20-story apartment tower called Stella at Star Metals that would join an office mid-rise and hospitality-living building as part of the company’s growing, $500-million Star Metals District in Home Park, part of the area commonly referred to as West Midtown.

Renderings indicate the 312,000-square-foot Stella building will rise on a site just east of Star Metals Offices—adjacent to a planned hotel in the district—and just west of Northside Drive. (We’ve asked Allen Morris reps for clarification and will update this story with any further information that comes.)

Plans call for 331 rentals and 25,000 square feet of retail at street level, as designed by Oppenheim Architecture, with interiors by Square Feet Studio. Atlanta-based Dwell Design Studio is the project's architect of record. It’s considered the district’s fourth phase.  

Allen Morris promotion materials indicate the Stella project could start construction in the third quarter of this year and deliver in the second quarter of 2024.

Plans for the Stella project's west (left) and south facades. Courtesy of Allen Morris Company; designs, Oppenheim Architecture; architect of record, Dwell Design Studio

Facets will include “expansive rolling green roofs, cooper-like banding around the slab edges, and panels of seemingly curved glass that represent modern elements [melding] with [the] historic industrial roots of the neighborhood,” according to developers.

Apartments will range from studios to two-bedroom units. In addition to retail, the building’s amenities will include a rooftop “sky lounge” with panoramic skyline views, a movie theatre, and a pool area on the seventh floor.

A two-story, east-facing common area at the Stella building with Midtown and downtown views. Courtesy of Allen Morris Company; designs, Oppenheim Architecture/Square Feet Studio

Courtesy of Allen Morris Company; designs, Oppenheim Architecture

The Stella apartments would join a Star Metals hotel and residential combo, now called Star Metals Hotel + Residences, that’s planned for the northeast corner of Howell Mill and Edgehill Avenue.

That Star Metals hotel facet was first announced with a more modular design resembling stacked shipping containers in late 2018.

Current plans call for starting construction on the boutique, 94-key hotel and 283 multifamily units in the same building in the second quarter of next year. Per renderings, it would stand about a half-dozen stories shorter than the Stella apartment building next door.

Fronting Howell Mill, these are the latest plans for Star Metals Hotel + Residences. Courtesy of Allen Morris Company; designs, Oppenheim Architecture; architect of record, Dwell Design Studio

Perks planned for the Hotel + Residences include an “underground speakeasy jazz bar,” a ninth-floor amenity deck with a cantilevered pool and “botanical bar experience,” plus a recording studio and ground-floor food concept that aims to be best-in-class. It’s expected to open in the third quarter of 2025.

All but three parcels on the planned hotel’s block—those currently home to La Fonda Cantina, Party Execs restaurant, and a small parking lot—have been bought by LLCs since 2019, records show.

Those parcels extend east from Howell Mill Road to Bellingrath Avenue, near the Interlock project's under-construction phase two

In other Star Metals new, sales execution technology company Outreach announced last week it’s opening a regional headquarters at Star Metals Offices, located a block north of the hotel site on Howell Mill Road. Outreach plans to lease 33,000 square feet on the building’s 10th floor.

The existing Star Metals Offices along Howell Mill Road. Courtesy of Allen Morris Company

Other signed Star Metals tenants include Prevail Coffee, salad concept Sweetgreen, Sushi Hayakawa, U.K. ramen bar Wagamama, restaurant and darts concept Flight Club, the next Savi Provisions marketplace location, and PlantHouse, a plant retailer featuring an in store-bar.

First look: Mixed-use tower pitched for Howell Mill Road (Urbanize Atlanta)