Buckhead in Atlanta, GA is getting a massive face lift. The Streets of Buckhead, developer Ben Carter believes he has the
formula to transform Buckhead Village from a troublesome bar district
into a new street scene of world-class living, dining and retailing
worthy of this city’s wealthiest neighborhood.
$1.2 billion project broke ground Aug. 3, with a target of opening
phase one in fall 2009. With four new hotels, two 21-story condo towers
and 600,000 square feet of retail construction spanning seven blocks,
the project is being touted as Atlanta’s version of Rodeo Drive and
other famous shopping streets.
"My vision for this is something
comparable to Madison Avenue from 59th to 70th Streets," said Carter,
founder of Atlanta-based Ben Carter Properties, a commercial real
estate firm that has developed many of the Southeast’s major malls,
including Mall of Georgia.
So far, announced fashion tenants include Hermès,
Bottega Veneta, Domenico Vacca, Etro and AG Adriano Goldschmied. Hotels
will include Starwood Capital Group’s 1 Hotel & Residences and a
"green" luxury hotel brand. Restaurants will include two New York
eateries: La Goulue and Bottega del Vino.
Read WWD’s "The Streets of Buckhead Aims For Rodeo Mood"