Midtown is eight feet high (and rising) at Colony Square

The happenings at Colony Square are a sign of the times. Experiential retail is hot and something big is going down ( or up) in Midtown.

The new sign telling you exactly where you are is just the start.

This weekend, Colony Square unveiled its MIDTOWN installment at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Streets.

The 8-feet tall letters, a collaboration between North American Properties (NAP), Midtown Alliance and Rick Sheppard of MacroTek , are designed to establish a sense of place and build awareness of the Midtown brand as the cultural core of the city.

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While Midtown has flourished in the past decades, according to Mark Toro, managing partner of NAP, Colony Square has lagged behind.

NAP purchased the towers in December for more than $160 million. In July 2018, Colony Square will re-open as a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use space with upgraded retail and restaurants. There will also be events such as outdoor movie screenings and art exhibitions.

NAP is the company behind Atlantic Station  and Avalon , so we can expect the new Colony Square to have a similar philosophy and aesthetic.

Colony Square, a development of two office towers, retail space and residential condos was ahead of its time when it was built in the 1960s. It was the first mixed-use development in the Southeast.

Atlantans are invited to take ownership of the new space by posting pictures of themselves interacting with the giant letters to hashtag #Iammidtown and offering ideas for Colony Square with hashtag #ReimagineCS.

Here is a look at how some locals are enjoying the fun:

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Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.