In honor of back-to-school season (or what some parts of Atlanta call late July), it’s time to journey into the historic blocks of downtown to see a highly/ridiculously amenitized new building that’s hardly stuck in old traditions.

Striving to achieve nothing short of “[redefining] what it means to live in off-campus student housing,” The Legacy at Centennial is now open at 130 Luckie Street, after having broken ground in spring 2021. The 32-story tower stands on a half-acre corner property that’d been used for ages as surface parking.

The Legacy (as building-top signage coins the project) is billed as a sky-high resort for the college set, aimed at both Georgia State University and Atlanta University Center students. Move-ins began in late July.

The Legacy tower's west-facing facade—and a peek at the amenities level. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

The apartments are being marketed as “lavish” and examples of the “ultimate comfort” in downtown high-rise living, with floorplans ranging from one to five bedrooms. Amenities in the building include a zero-edge pool and heated spa (both situated next to a Jumbotron television), a fitness center and yoga studio, a multi-sport simulator, sky-high fire pits, and a game room.

According to promotional materials, all one-bedroom options in the building (ranging from 471 to 573 square feet) have been claimed by renters.

Meanwhile, five-bedroom units start at $1,255 per month—and that’s per person/bed. The largest five-bedroom option, at 2,026 square feet, is called the Fulham. 

The student-housing venture by Landmark Properties and AECOM-Canyon Partners was previously called The Metropolitan, echoing the name of nearby Metropolitan condos at Five Points.

According to officials with Athens-based Landmark, the 490,000-square-foot building includes 835 beds in 265 student apartments, plus 5,700 square feet for retail at the street, located a quarter of a mile from the GSU campus. 

The location, bordering the Atlanta Streetcar’s Luckie at Cone stop, is also within a block of downtown landmarks including the Tabernacle, SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel, Centennial Olympic Park, and Ted Turner’s penthouse over his namesake restaurant.

The heated spa and pool, both with Jumbotron views. Landmark Properties/AECOM-Canyon Partners;

The Legacy's facade toward Centennial Olympic Park. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Student towers have been cropping up across downtown and Midtown for the past decade, and Landmark has already built two of them: The Standard, which opened in 2018 at Spring and Third streets in Midtown; and The Mark, a 28-story venture that claimed a longstanding Domino’s Pizza on 10th Street and opened in 2020. 

The Legacy project is the latest example of GSU’s influence spreading across the oldest sections of Atlanta, remaking parking facilities, low-rise buildings, and other properties.

Other downtown projects aimed at GSU students include The Mix luxury student tower on the flipside of downtown and the glassy Reflection tower that opened last year over Courtland Street. Both of those buildings stand 25 stories.

Find a closer look at the high-rise addition to Luckie Street, from the ground level up, in the gallery above.


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