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Midtown Building Coming Down

Demolishing of former residential structure on 7th Street has begun.

As Midtown Patch reported last week, a dilapidated former residential building at 109 7th Street was scheduled to be demolished.

Members of the Midtown SPI-16 & SPI-17 Development Review Committee had recently expressed frustration over not being better equipped in preventing building owners from allowing Midtown structures, such as the one on 7th St., to fall into such disrepair that they needed to be torn down.

As can be seen in these Midtown Pictures of the Day, the demolishing process has begun this week. A worker at the site told Midtown Patch on Tuesday that the job should be completed by Friday.

Tammy December 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
"Marrying old Atlanta and new, the project includes an historic Neel Reid building that will be preserved, converted into luxury residences and incorporated into the new development."...unless we wait a while and hope everyone forgot what we said.
JustinK December 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Best laid plans of mice and men.... Donald Trump also promised us the classiest, highest end, most exclusive condos our city's ever seen. Streets of Buckhead was supposed to be done in Nov '09 vs. a $600M hole in the ground more than 6 yrs after they started. We'd also have a Mandarin Oriental tower in the middle of the Midtown Mile but instead it's still a surface lot. Skyline at Lindbergh wouldn't just be a multi-story landmark to pick up day laborers. Developers win/lose every day and taking a press release from six years ago as a broken promise kind of ignores how insane the real estate bubble was at the time. If every proposed development got built, we'd have nothing but 700ft towers from here to Doraville as well as hundreds of perfectly preserved 1920's low-rise buildings mixed in. I would have liked to see the Reid building saved but given its small size and age, it was a gamble even during the housing boom. Just as I'm saddened to hear about the fate of the Pei building getting turned into a pool deck for a hideous stick built apartment, this is a little piece of history disappearing. In the end a building's name cachet/history has to exceed its cost of renovation and here there just wasn't enough left.
Clicker December 19, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Jeez. Some of you people act as if they had just torn down the Taj Mahal! There was nothing that significant about that building other than a modestly decorative doorway and a dubious Neel Reid pedigree. The fact that it was surrounded by a sea of parking lots made it even more unattractive. And it has been a dump for a long time, at least since the 80's when I made a visit or two. The place would probably have collapsed in a sea of rubble on it's own once they started construction on the 'deck from hell' next door.
Tammy December 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
It certainly doesn't bode well for old buildings in the future if this is the way that they get around preservation efforts. The Crum and Foster building as well as the old home at Lindbergh and Peachtree seem to also be staring down a similar fate. I'm glad that people didn't listen to Bellsouth when they decided that the Fox wasn't worth saving.
JM Hurricane December 20, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I have sources at Fulton County Future and Current Development and Strategic Management Office, they tell me it's a Church's Chicken with a drive-thru.

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