Old Atlanta Constitution building. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Help! Top 10 downtown Atlanta eyesore buildings, sites

The Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street near Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard once again leads a Top 10 list of downtown Atlanta buildings in need of some TLC.

Downtown business development group Central Atlanta Progress on Friday released a flyer spotlighting 10 buildings and sites in the city’s core in need of redevelopment, many of them eyesores that have languished for years.

Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

The list, which includes such troubled sites as the Constitution Building on Alabama Street and the Methodist Center on Ralph McGill Boulevard, is the latest from CAP since it first began spotlighting blighted properties in 2003.

The original list included the Glenn Building and the Winecoff, now boutique hotels, and the Beaudry Ford site, which was demolished to make way for Georgia State’s mammoth University Commons.

“Nine out of the 10 projects that were cited for redevelopment in 2003 were completed,” said Wilma Sothern, CAP’s vice president of marketing.

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The four office buildings of Norfolk Southern complex. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

The 12-story Beaux-Arts style Medical Arts Building, constructed in 1927, was the only property from the original list not redeveloped.

CAP followed up the original list with a new rundown in 2009. Several of the properties, including “The Gulch,” are on the 2016 list.

Downtown Atlanta’s Top 10 “development opportunities,” according to Central Atlanta Progress, are:

1. Medical Arts Building, 348 Peachtree Street

2. Wheat Street Gardens, 315 Irwin Street

3. Methodist Center, 159 Ralph McGill Boulevard

4. Rufus Rose House, 537 Peachtree Street

5. A group of four buildings at 222 Mitchell Street

6. Former Norfolk Southern headquarters, 99 Spring Street

7. The Gulch, Ted Turner Drive/Martin Luther King Drive

8. Constitution Building, 143 Alabama Street

9. Fulton Central Library, One Margaret Mitchel Square

10. Condo Parking Garage, 215 Piedmont Avenue

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