Attempts to contact officials with Olympia Heights and Benmark were not returned.
Olympia Heights purchased land from Woodruff Arts Center in 2014 to propose a three-skyscraper complex featuring residences, a hotel and retail along 14th street across from the Four Seasons Hotel. In the years that followed, the project plans were downscaled and delayed.
In 2016, plans shifted to a two-tower development, including a 74-story condo building, with retail and a restaurant plaza. Roni Avraham, who was Olympia Height’s director of development at the time, said the firm had a mix of Israeli and American investor equity in place and was working to obtain financing.
By 2018, a website for the Opus Place development said the project at 98 14th St. would be Midtown’s tallest residential tower at 53 stories. A real estate development firm said that year that the 257-unit building was more than 20% sold. The condo units were listed with floor plans ranging from 625 square feet to 4,000 square feet, at prices ranging from the mid-$400,000s to penthouse homes at $12 million, the AJC reported at the time.
But in 2020, as the luxury brokerage company Berkshire Hathaway was pre-selling condos in the tower, the developer was reportedly looking to sell 2.2 acres of the site.
The Federal Reserve’s efforts to tame inflation by hiking interest rates have wreaked havoc on the commercial real estate market. Rising rates and a post-pandemic purging of office space by many companies has led to a glut of available space and put pressure on landlords with mortgages coming due.
While financing new residential projects has also posed a challenge recently, Opus Place failed to gain traction well before the Fed’s inflation-fighting campaign. Midtown has also experienced a development boom over the past decade with several high-rise towers contributing to the city’s skyline.
Buildings within another large urban project — Newport’s South Downtown — were also slated for foreclosure Tuesday. However, the public auction for the 18 properties was postponed and likely won’t take place until early next year, according to that project’s lender.
— Staff writer Kelly Yamanouchi contributed to this report.