“Where Colony Square’s old atrium shops once welcomed Midtown workers on lunch breaks, a six-story building is set to rise with perks meant to appeal to today’s office dweller: 11-foot ceilings, big windows, and the buzz of restaurants and retailers at the base.

The plans for Building 300, as the Colony Square component at Peachtree and 15th streets will be called, have scored Whole Foods Markets’s regional office headquarters as an anchor tenant, officials with developer North American Properties announced today.”

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“Cousins Properties Inc. yesterday unveiled the first detailed look at the 1-million-square-foot Midtown headquarters it will develop for Norfolk Southern Corp.

The stunning urban campus will feature two 22-story towers rising at Spring, 3rd and West Peachtree Streets and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The presentation to the Midtown Development Review Committee was the broadest look yet at the project, which will employ about 2,000, based on the initial plans.”

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Although the race for Amazon’s HQ2 may be in the rearview, it appears that just being in the fight for the e-commerce behemoth could still impact major cities.

According to a report by Zillow, many cities will see home prices spike in the next year, thanks in part to what Forbes calls the “Amazon effect.” Zillow asked 100 investment experts and real estate economists to pick three markets they’d bet will exceed the national price-hike average in 2019, and most were HQ2 finalists.

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Whole Foods Market Inc. is putting its Southeast office at Midtown’s Colony Square— the latest company relocating from Atlanta’s suburbs to a transit-oriented urban environment.

Whole Foods will occupy the third and fourth floors of 300 Colony Square, an 87,500-square-foot building under construction as part of the well-known mixed-use property’s redevelopment.

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“BlackRock Inc. expects to boost the number of its employees working in Atlanta to 1,000 people by 2024, according to people familiar with the situation. It has roughly 15 there now.

The firm expects to receive roughly $25 million in public tax breaks as part of that Southern expansion, according to one of the people. But the final incentive package is still under negotiation with the city, the people familiar with the situation said.”

Read more at: The Wall Street Journal

“Directly south of Grant Park’s main green space, Atlanta Beltline officials are moving forward with decade-old plans to forge a large, multifunctional park from blighted land.

The Beltline is seeking statements of qualifications from firms to design the second phase of Boulevard Crossing Park, a five-acre Chosewood Park green space with athletic fields that opened in 2011 along the southern stretches of Boulevard, officials said Thursday.

The next phase will boost the park to 23 acres and implement trails, a playground, public art, expanded fields, and the city’s fifth splash pad, joining others from Piedmont Park to nearby D.H. Stanton Park.”