A rendering of 1138 Peachtree in Midtown.

The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) heard updated plans on Jan. 14 from developer Trillist, which has been trying to get a 46-story, mixed-use tower at 1138 Peachtree St. for seven years.

The nearly one-acre site has seen several development proposals over the years, including a Mandarin Oriental hotel and residences dating back to 2007. The current project has been in the works since 2013 and includes 317 luxury apartments and approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space with frontage along both Peachtree Street and Crescent Avenue. There would also be a 9-level parking deck with 450 spaces.

The DRC had numerous issues with the plan, elevation issues and retail space on the Crescent Avenue side not meeting minimum depth requirements. The second aspect of the project that remains unresolved is the required pedestrian walkway to provide access between Peachtree Street and Crescent Avenue. The DRC indicated a willingness to entertain creative options for the pedestrian walkway.

A rendering of the renovated Campanile building.

The DRC also looked at plans for the ongoing renovation and expansion of the Campanile building on Peachtree. Originally built in 1987 as the headquarters for BellSouth, Dewberry Group and Smallwood purchased the building in 2010 and last year began a dramatic makeover of the façade that will result in a sleeker profile and expanded square footage in a six-story, 125,000 SF office and retail podium around the base of the tower. Ground floor spaces are intended for retail tenants and new terraces on levels 4 and 6 will provide sweeping views and outdoor amenity spaces for office tenants. The DRC is in support of the plan, but asked for a revision to the 13th Street frontage to provide on-street parking and a wider sidewalk that more closely meets Midtown’s streetscape standards.

One of Atlanta’s oldest gay bars, Blake’s on the Park, is planning a renovation and expansion as well. Located at 227 10th Street, the bar plans to demo and partial rebuild the back portion of the bar that stretches into a parking lot that faces Piedmont Avenue.  There will be a reconfigured deck, relocated bar area, additional restrooms and storage. Overall, the committee was supportive of the proposed design; but made the applicant aware of patio noise concerns raised by neighbors.

A rendering of the Blake’s on the Park renovation.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.