Buckhead residents worrying about apartment traffic have new numbers to contemplate, courtesy of the Buckhead Coalition.
There are currently 6,737 planned units, according to coalition figures. That represents 21 different projects, including high-rises, which will bring additional residents into Buckhead, a 28-square-mile community taking in more than 40 distinct neighborhoods.
For neighborhood residents, the added homes mean additional traffic and students in local schools. The North Buckhead Civic Association has been vocal about the need to plan for the traffic apartments may create.
The coalition, however, considers the number of apartments to be the highest compliment. President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell said the number of apartments shows Buckhead is “the address of choice” in metro Atlanta.
It’s also not the final tally, Massell said.
“The exact total publicly announced is 6,737,” Massell said. “However, you will note another complex has been reported, developed by AMLI at Roxboro and East Paces Ferry. It is not in our total because the number of units hasn’t been announced. It’s quite an impressive story, isn’t it?”
The coalition says estimates of the AMLI project show it could add another 900 units to the overall number.
The largest announced project is a 702-unit development at Piedmont and Lenox Roads under development by Croker Partners. The largest project currently under construction is Camden Paces on East Andrews, a 376-unit complex being developed by Camden Property Trust.
Massell has been quick to note that announced isn’t the same thing as finished. Several of these projects may not pan out.
The coalition reports that as of Jan. 1, 2012, Buckhead had 12,704 mid- to high-rise apartments. Between 2000 and 2010, Buckhead’s population increased by 12,000 people, the coalition says.