Atlanta has been considered one of several frontrunners for HQ2. And the proposed development described in Wednesday’s filing from CIM would fit many of Amazon’s criteria.
Amazon has said it requires up to 8 million square feet of office space on property with direct transit connections that also is within 45 minutes of an airport. The estimated project completion date listed on CIM’s application is the year 2027, a timeframe that could fit into Amazon’s plans.
In October, Georgia economic development officials said Amazon indicated it would need 500,000 square feet to 750,000 square feet immediately, and about that much in additional space every 18 months through 2027.
State officials expected Amazon's site selection team to begin visiting prospect cities this month.
The Hawks, Tony Ressler and CIM have had their eyes on redeveloping the area surrounding Philips Arena, including the Gulch, for more than a year.
In June, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the Hawks and its development partners were in negotiations for land and development rights near the arena. In August, the AJC first reported an affiliate of CIM had the former Norfolk Southern office complex near the federal courthouse under contract. The property about a mile south of Philips is seen as a vital piece in future redevelopment of south downtown.
Last month, a then-unnamed group made a filing similar to CIM's with the city of Atlanta, asking it to evaluate such a project's potential impacts on public services.
Representatives from the Hawks and CIM did not immediately respond to inquiries Wednesday afternoon. A spokeswoman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city had no comment and a spokeswoman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the governor's office doesn't comment on active projects.
Several other high-profile projects are already being planned near the Gulch area.
Underground Atlanta, a once-proud tiered mall a few blocks south of the Gulch, was sold in March to South Carolina developer WRS. A $300 million overhaul is planned.
The board that governs the Georgia World Congress Center voted just this week to pursue negotiations for a high-rise hotel on part of the site of the recently demolished Georgia Dome.