With each passing month, Atlanta’s tallest new development proposal in decades is looking like more and more of a sure bet.

Representatives with Manhattan-based Rockefeller Group confirmed to Urbanize Atlanta on Thursday that worker activity spotted around the site of a planned 60-story skyrise on West Peachtree Street is what it seems to be. Questions regarding a potential groundbreaking weren’t addressed.

“We can confirm that construction fencing is currently being installed around 1072 West Peachtree,” reps wrote in an email reply. “We look forward to sharing more updates soon." 

It’s the most concrete evidence to date the mixed-use tower is officially moving forward—in a section of central Midtown near the Connector that’s currently mobbed with construction cranes and unrelated development activity.

Set on the southwest corner of West Peachtree and 12th streets, the Rockefeller project’s height would reshape Midtown’s skyline, especially when viewed from the west.

An unofficial depiction of how the 1072 West Peachtree project would relate to existing Midtown buildings. Submitted/@cbenderatl

Last month, City of Atlanta Office of Buildings staff approved land development permits that allow Rockefeller to proceed with the redevelopment of a now-vacant U.S. Post Office facility at the corner of 12th Street.

That same week a promotional website for the skyscraper launched, lending a fresh perspective on how the project would fit among Midtown’s recent vertical growth. The website indicates the building will rise 60 stories (as opposed to 61 in initial plans), with designs of “monumental distinction” creating a place “that is as much active as it is restful, sophisticated as it is welcoming, and connected as it is set apart.”

The city has also granted Rockefeller permission to move forward with grading and installing new utilities, curb cuts, streetscape, and sidewalks at the 1.14-acre site where the high-rise is planned, according to permitting paperwork.

The beginnings of site fencing at 1072 W. Peachtree Street, as spotted today by Atlanta Under Construction on Instagram. @atlantaunderconstruction/IG

1072 West Peachtree is promoted as Atlanta’s most amenitized office tower, with a planned “sky garden” described as Midtown’s biggest outdoor deck. Amenities will include a luxury spa, concierge, valet, and smart building tech alongside “next-gen mechanical systems,” per the promotional website.

As designed by architecture firms TVS Design and Brock Hudgins, 1072 West Peachtree would include 350 market-rate apartments and 212,000 square feet of offices, according to project filings. At the base, roughly 6,600 square feet of retail is planned along West Peachtree Street. An eight-story parking deck with some 850 spaces would be fully screened with translucent glass, project leaders have said.

Rockefeller bought the USPS site for $25 million in 2020. In February last year, the Midtown post office closed and moved its operations to Selig’s 1065 Peachtree Street building, setting the stage for demolition and redevelopment. (Rockefeller had partnered with Selig on the 40 West 12th condos, which opened in 2021 a block from the former post office). 

As seen in December, the vacated United States Post Office building and parking lot where Atlanta's tallest new building in three decades is planned.

Early indications were that Rockefeller’s tower would climb more than 730 feet—making it Atlanta’s fifth tallest high-rise, supplanting Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel for the No. 5 spot. (Project officials have not addressed how design modifications have changed that number, if they have.) No taller building has been constructed in Atlanta since 1992.


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