Portman and its construction and engineering partners have worked on the design phase remotely, due to the coronavirus, but otherwise the COVID-19 economic shutdown shouldn’t impact the project, Wadsworth said. Construction will start in the first half of 2021, according to plans.
Portman is negotiating with potential tenants for the 700,000 square feet of office space and with hospitality brands to manage the 325-room hotel. The project also includes 350 apartments.
The site is four blocks north of Georgia Tech's Technology Square and is near new buildings occupied or planned by NCR, Google and others. Midtown is also the likely home for a planned healthcare innovation district involving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private companies.
The H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill chapel held funeral services for numerous famous Atlantans, including Margaret Mitchell, and mayors Ivan Allen and William Hartsfield.