The first residential project in Atlanta for one of the city’s best-known development companies is beginning to make its mark on a prominent Midtown corner, with much more construction to follow across the block.

Portman Holdings, which has redefined Atlanta’s skyline with hotel and office sky-rises for more than six decades, has started going vertical in recent weeks with an apartment tower called 1000 Spring on the northwest corner of 10th and Spring streets.

Portman Residential, a new real estate development affiliate of Atlanta-based Portman Holdings, is partnering with investment management company National Real Estate Advisors on the apartment tower. It’s part of a larger Portman mixed-use project—now officially named Spring Quarter—that's expected to transform nearly a full city block.

The 370-unit residential building is rising on a former parking lot at what Portman says is Midtown’s highest elevational point.

How the first above-ground floors of the 1000 Spring project are coming together this month where 10th and Spring streets meet. The downtown Connector freeway is at left. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

It's planned as the tallest component of Spring Quarter’s three new buildings, which are scheduled to begin opening in spring 2024, according to Midtown Alliance.

Portman expects Spring Quarter to be finished in the third quarter of 2025.

The Cooper Carry-designed residential building is considered the first phase. In addition to 370 apartments, plans call for 11,000 square feet of retail, modern-style interiors by Fogarty Finger, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, and clubroom.

The tower was initially proposed at 36 stories but was later modified and reduced by several stories. A Portman rep told Urbanize Atlanta last year the changes were part of the “complex and elaborate” project’s overall evolution as it went from concept to finalized designs. (Midtown Alliance lists the floor count at 31 now.) 

Just northwest of the apartments, the 25-story office component, 1020 Spring, is also under construction, next to the nearly century-old Spring Hill Mortuary (H.M. Patterson House). That Philip Trammell Shutze-designed landmark will be adaptively reused and woven into redevelopment plans, Portman officials say. 

How the 1000 Spring building, at left, and 1020 Spring offices, at right, will rise around the historic funeral home structure. Both buildings are under construction now. Courtesy of Portman Holdings

Overall, the site is more than 4 acres. A 225-key hotel is also planned for the mix eventually, next to the office tower along Spring Street.

In the gallery above, have a closer look at what’s happening—and what’s coming—at this hilltop site next to the downtown Connector.

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