Construction activity has ramped up this month at the site of a Midtown tower that’s going to be larger than initially planned, replacing a gnarly hole that’s festered in the rapidly growing subdistrict for well over decade, according to permitting paperwork.

Infrastructure work is underway for developer Mill Creek Residential’s Modera Parkside, a mixed-use tower that will stand 33 stories with 361 apartments less than two blocks from Piedmont Park, according to filings with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Buildings.

A tower that height would be three stories taller, with 16 more rentals, than Modera Parkside had initially called for when plans were brought before the Midtown Development Review Committee last year.

As presented to the Midtown Development Review Committee in summer 2021, Mill Creek Residential's plans initially called for a 30-story building with 345 apartments near the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. Mill Creek Residential; designs, Gresham Smith; courtesy of Midtown Alliance

Heavy equipment and construction crews have been spotted at the project’s 180 10th Street location for the past couple of weeks.

Surrounded by plywood walls, the 10th Street site has been a fenced-off gash since the Great Recession, when a 19-story, $55-million condo venture called Onyx was hit with  a lawsuit and ultimately failed to take off.

According to building permits, ongoing work on Modera Parkside includes grading, paving, erosion-control, and underground infrastructure, while a driveway connection to the work zone will be installed on 10th Street.

The 362,000-square-foot building will include 10 levels of above-grade parking with 451 spaces in a podium, per developers. According to Midtown Alliance, roughly 3,400 square feet of retail space will be included at street level, too.

As renderings show, the Gresham Smith-designed project will feature unobstructed views on the eastern side facing Stone Mountain and a pool on the roof.

Site overview for Mill Creek's 10th Street plans, where a hole has festered since previous development plans went kaput during the Great Recession. Mill Creek Residential; designs, Gresham Smith

The Midtown tower will join another Modera-branded complex near the BeltLine in Reynoldstown, a two-phase project in Buckhead, and Modera Decatur as Mill Creek’s latest ITP endeavors.

Elsewhere in Midtown, Mill Creek built an amenity-laden, 29-story tower called Modera Midtown five years ago.  

We’ve reached out to Mill Creek reps for updates on the 10th Street project’s construction timeline and other details, and this story will be updated should further information come. In the meantime, find a visual preview of what Modera Parkside will entail in the gallery above. 

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