Before/After: Dewberry’s discontinued Campanile unveiled, applaud

Midtown’s frontline development stewards have given a thumbs up to proposed revisions to a high-profile Peachtree Street project that has been dormant for more than two years.

Dewberry Group representatives presented revised plans to the Midtown Development Review Committee Tuesday for the Campanile building at 1155 Peachtree Street, where basements and yards have been destroyed and exposed behind construction fencing since early 2020, to the ire of many residents.

According to these plans, Dewberry will not only reinvigorate the construction project in the heart of downtown but will expand the scope of its renovation, adding six new floors of offices above the tower, increasing the height to 27 stories.


Courtesy of Dewberry Capital Designs by John Dewberry, Peter Logan and Gary O’Connor in association with Smallwood

The new designs require rooftop terraces on levels 23 and 27 — and to replace the building’s existing skin with a stone and glass canopy on all floors, according to Midtown DRC.

Closer to the street, eight new levels of office and retail will be built around the base of the 1980s landmark, adding an additional 304,000 square feet to Campanile overall.

Elsewhere, a dated plaza where Peachtree meets 14th Street is expected to be replaced with a larger open space, with a series of steps leading up to 14th Street, across from Colony Square, according to Dewberry’s plans.


Courtesy of Dewberry Capital Designs by John Dewberry, Peter Logan and Gary O’Connor in association with Smallwood

According to the meeting summary, Midtown DRC members were supportive of the project but requested more details about arena designs and street lighting plans. Dewberry representatives are expected to submit this material for online review soon as the next step.

The Midtown DRC, an appointed board, examines developer proposals, proposes modifications, and makes recommendations to the city’s planning office before moving forward with projects in the area.

The Campanile store, as shown in the new site plans, is accessible from three different entrances at Peachtree, 13 and Juniper Streets. Another change will be the removal of the pedestrian bridge that spans Juniper Street. Elsewhere, a modified underground parking garage with 178 places can be accessed from a new, redesigned driveway on Juniper Street.

Dewberry’s plans are an expansion of previous apps reviewed by Midtown DRC in 2018 and 2020. The demo began in the prominent corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.

The city has filed an “abandoned project” complaint against the Dewberry Group – led by prominent Midtown landowner John Dewberry, who has been described by national media as Atlanta.Blank Emperor“For his willingness to sit on the floor and turn down big offers – back in September.


Courtesy of Dewberry Capital Designs by John Dewberry, Peter Logan and Gary O’Connor in association with Smallwood

Dewberry blamed Campanile’s delays on several factors, including a dispute with a contractor, the pandemic, the relocation of one tenant (SunTrust, now Trust Bank) and the consolidation of its downtown offices.

The IJC Last year it found that “financial hurdles” also caused losses, including a $186 million loan that was deemed defaulted.

Built in 1987 as the headquarters for Bell South, the 450,000-square-foot Campanile was acquired by the Dewberry Group in 2010. The design update at the base of the tower has been over five years old. in making.

Several years ago, the developer completed a renovation that cleared up the 1980s Class A building on the upper floors, but its lobbies and courtyards still lacked an inviting connection to the surrounding streets. Perhaps, if the Midtown DRC meeting is any indication, these changes will finally reach the Atlanta junction that couldn’t be more obvious.

Take a closer look at Campanile’s past plans, and where they stand now, in the gallery above.

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