Roughly 18 months after developers began revamping Colony Square, Midtown residents will finally see some of the iconic area’s new look.
A new 10,000 square-foot urban park, dubbed The Grove, opened Friday along the 14th Street corridor to the public, developer North American Properties announced in a press release. The park includes 40-foot trees, Spanish steps, tables and chairs and will be the gateway for restaurants Main & Main and the iPic dine-in theater.
North American Properties broke ground on the transformation in October 2017 with the intentions of repositioning the iconic space as an office and retail gathering hub. In 2016, the firm conducted about 200 interviews to see what the community wanted.
The revamp comes as Midtown has seen increased development in the past few years with the addition of hotels and a 70,000 square-foot Whole Foods, the largest in the Southeast. Renderings on the updated look were not available.
The Grove has an open container policy and includes community events such as Groovin’ in The Grove, a new live music series taking place every Friday this summer, according to the release.
“We are no longer in the business of building buildings; instead, we are focused on the space between the buildings – the street-level environments that naturally foster human connection and community,” managing partner of NAP Mark Toro said in the release.
Just ahead of the park’s debut Chick-fil-A reopened Thursday in its new location above The Grove. Building 400’s lobby is also now open. Starbucks will open its new location inside Building 100 later in May.
Other establishments reopening include C-Cycle, a secured bike house for Colony Square Tenants and The Establishment will reopen with an expanded patio and new outdoor bar overlooking The Grove. The outdoor bar, called Tight Squeeze at Establishment, is slated to open in the summer.
An all-women artist team, which include Lauren Pallotta Stumberg, Molly Rose Freeman, Lela Brunet and Laura Vela, will be at Friday’s urban park opening to paint a 2,915 square-foot mural on the north wall of 5Church facing Peachtree Street, according to the release.
The mural, called Moon Goddess, is a tribute to Aurora, the Roman Goddess of the Dawn. Aurora symbolizes the power to bridge two worlds: one of darkness and one of light. The artists will paint live 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.