The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) reviewed two major, mixed-use projects at its meeting on Tuesday, March 8, that will be located at Technology Square
Georgia Tech’s High Performance Computing Center mixed-use development consists of three buildings: a 21-story, 620,000 square foot office tower; a three-story, 100,000 square foot data center; and the existing facade of the historic Crum & Forster building, which will be transformed into a restaurant space. Located on the east side of Spring Street, between Armstead Place and 4th Street, the project will also have 46,500 square feet of street-level retail and 600 parking spaces. The two wings of the office tower connect vertically through a stair tower that provides the opportunity for collaborative space between floors. The site plan is anchored by a large public gathering space intended to function as an “outdoor living room” with communal seating and video screens. The Development Review Committee commended the applicant, but requested further study the façade treatment of the data center, the ground floor storefront spaces around the perimeter of the project, and the east and west entrances into the public plaza. The applicant will make a follow-up presentation at a future DRC meeting.
The Standard, proposed mixed-use student housing development by Landmark Properties and Selig Enterprises, would sit on the southwest corner of Spring Street and 4th Street. The 19-story project would include 280 furnished residential units for students and 11,200 square feet of street-level commercial space, including a Starbucks. Parking would be located in a 10-story precast parking deck that is wrapped with residential units on the street-fronting façades. The Development Review Committee challenged the applicant to rethink the vehicular circulation associated with the Starbucks in order to remove the curb cut on Spring Street. The committee members said removing this curb cut would maintain pedestrian flow, allow for more retail space and on-street parking, and afford more opportunities to add usable open space at the street level. The committee also asked the developers to further study the ground floor facades, including more visibility for the bike storage and maintenance area. The applicant will make a follow-up presentation at a future DRC meeting to provide this information.