Across the Atlanta region’s footprint comprising some 8,300 square miles, rarely has there been more excitement on the ground than we are seeing concentrated within the Midtown Improvement District’s 1.2 square mile boundary.
jobs announced for Midtown
since the start of 2015
since the start of 2015
A Rapidly Growing District
Projects recently delivered, representing
Major development projects presently
under construction, which will add
Proposed development projects,
which would add
Projected # of new residents that will call Midtown Atlanta home in the next few years based on new residential development projects. There are roughly 20,000 Midtown residents here today.
Midtown Atlanta residential growth relative to the City of Atlanta overall since 2000
Midtown Innovation District Continues to Expand
One of the most anticipated projects in Midtown broke ground in late 2016 with the start of Coda, the 750K sq ft high performance computing center and "Class T" office environment designed to facilitate interactions between start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, university affiliates, researchers and students. This premier mixed-use development in Midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square combines creative workplace design with cutting-edge research labs, communal spaces, industry event space, and unique retail and dining concepts. The project is being developed by Portman and Georgia Tech, with support from Invest Atlanta. Coda stands out as one of the most significant projects of its kind nationally and will change the game for research and development in Midtown’s innovation district. (Photo Credit: Portman Holdings)
View highlights from the Coda groundbreaking ceremony:
The Georgia Tech Foundation added to its office holdings in and around Tech Square with the 2016 purchase of the historic Biltmore building. This acquisition adds much-needed office space to the research university’s cluster of technology startups, with 290,000 sf of loft office, retail and ballroom space in the landmark building that first broadcast WSB’s radio signal.
After announcing in 2015 the relocation of its global headquarters to Midtown, which is expected to bring 3,600 jobs into the district, NCR followed up in 2016 by doubling down on its 516,000 sf office complex under construction at Spring and 8th Streets, activating a second phase of the development that will bring an additional 240,500 sf and 1,700 more workers. (Photo Credit: Cousins Properties)
business leaders, policymakers, workers, residents and visitors engaged in our work in 2016 to offer input on a range of projects, from transportation priorities to district planning guidance and a community survey.
View the work product from these efforts in our online Resource Center →
Miles of streetscape improvements delivered since 2001 in the Midtown Improvement District, with the addition of new sidewalks, landscaping, street furniture, lighting and a signalized crossing on Peachtree Street in the SONO area near Emory University Hospital Midtown
What is happening here continues to attract more interest nationally. Experts on urban issues are looking inside Midtown to see what’s working. In 2016, Midtown Atlanta was one of five neighborhoods in the U.S. to receive recognition on the American Planning Association’s list of “Great Places in America.”
Midtown Success Story Draws National Interest
“Something is happening in Midtown Atlanta.”
The Brookings Institution pointed to Midtown as a model for creating an urban identity as a center for innovation. Read the Harvard Business Review article on why corporate research centers need to be in cities:
"Midtown Atlanta is an example of the growing trend of companies relocating major research facilities to be near urban universities that provide mixed-use amenities, lively places, and a high density of firms."
Margin of voter approval for the City of Atlanta T-SPLOST and MARTA funding referenda that appeared on the November 2016 ballot, which create new funding streams for several projects that will enhance the City, including $15M for Midtown’s transportation network. Congratulations to city and regional leadership and citizens. A better transportation experience is coming.
Urban Land Institute Brings Student Competition to Midtown
ULI selected Midtown as the study area for its annual Hines Student Competition design competition, inviting more than 150 graduate students at universities nationwide to design a proposal for the area consistent with the principles of Blueprint Midtown, the community-designed master plan. View the winning team’s concept here:
Local Accolades for Midtown Alliance’s Work
In 2016, the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-Atlanta) presented Midtown Alliance COO Shannon Powell with the Kwanza Hall Honor Award, given annually to an individual working outside the field of architecture for his or her exemplary leadership in increasing the value of architecture and design in our community. Powell has been instrumental to developing the Blueprint community master plan for Midtown and has guided the area's transformation over the course of 20 years in her role as Midtown Alliance’s longest-tenured employee.
Midtown ATL in the news:
"Today, you will learn why “Southern innovation” isn’t an oxymoron — and never was, really."
"According to a recent report... Atlanta is the No. 5 best city in the United States to launch a tech startup."
"Morris Plains, N.J.-based Honeywell will invest nearly $20 million in its ... software development center in Midtown."
"Currently, 16 projects are under construction—the most the neighborhood has ever seen at once—with another 21 in the planning phase."