News Briefs: Mail mix-up; hospital tower; Buckhead ‘spaceship’

A rendering of the proposed hotel and condos dubbed a "spaceship."
A rendering of the proposed Buckhead hotel and condo project dubbed the “spaceship.”

Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook is investigating why an unknown number of his City of Atlanta constituents are receiving mail post-marked ‘City of Brookhaven.’ The new city, carved out of what had been unincorporated DeKalb County, had successfully lobbied members of Congress to prevail upon the United States Postal Service to make the changes necessary to have Brookhaven residents recognized as such on their mail. “The problem is,” said Shook, “I’m hearing reports of Atlanta residents in the 30319 zip code receiving DeKalb County jury summonses, and having problems with credit card transactions and driver’s licenses. Life is hard enough without having to put up with such headaches.” It is unclear if the requested change of address was meant only for Brookhaven residents or the entire 30319 zip code, which includes thousands of residents in the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs. Shook urges Atlantans who have been victimized by the change to contact him at hshook@atlantaga.gov.

Piedmont Healthcare plans to build a 10-story to 15-story tower on Peachtree Road to house many of the hospital’s cardiac services, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The tower would rise at the corner of Peachtree and Collier roads and would replace the Sheffield Building, a 78,000-square-foot building next to Piedmont Hospital.

Curbed Atlanta has an entertaining write up on competing plans for the triangular strip up property in the heart of Buckhead Village. The wedge of prime real estate is bounded by Peachtree, East Paces and Boling Way and is currently home to retailers including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. One of the renderings floated for the property looks to be a silver-clad retro tower (with a hotel and condos) that wouldn’t be out of place in a Flash Gordon comic. Developer Robin Loudermilk, who has pitched a project that would be more in line with The Shops Buckhead Atlanta across the street, said the rendering resembled a “spaceship.” That wasn’t a compliment.

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