CRANE WATCH ATLANTA’S BIGGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS by Douglas Sams
Atlanta’s skyline is changing so rapidly it’s difficult to keep up.
In the city, the Beltline is converting abandoned railways into public spaces. It’s a sweeping urban renewal project uniting intown neighborhoods and serving as a magnet for economic development.
In Midtown, Technology Square is the center of Atlanta’s tech sector.
In the suburbs, State Farm Insurance is building a massive regional headquarters on top of the Dunwoody MARTA station. In cities such as Roswell and Duluth, downtowns are again bustling with people. They’re living in new houses and apartments in walking distance to Main Street boutiques and restaurants.
It’s all part of a bigger trend toward urbanization. Atlanta is no longer the national poster child of sprawl. It’s talking about expanding MARTA. It’s building more walking trails and bike paths. It’s renovating historic buildings such as the former Sears Roebuck & Co. warehouse in Old Fourth Ward, which became Ponce City Market, a mix of loft offices, apartments and a food hall that shares parallels with Chelsea Market in Manhattan.
Yet, amid all these changes one thing remains the same— Atlanta is still the South’s most exciting commercial real estate market. That’s why Atlanta Business Chronicle is launching Crane Watch, an interactive map of all the new projects on your skyline and in your neighborhoods.
Crane Watch will appear on the Chronicle’s web site beginning today. Each project on the map contains a link with information such as the developer, the architect and completion date.
Crane Watch includes dozens of developments, from those in the earliest planning stages to some less than a year away from opening. Even so, there are always new projects to add.