Latest Plans for Atlanta's 'The Gulch' Megaproject Focuses on the Public Realm

The latest round of plans and designs released for The Gulch by developer Centennial Yards Company plots increased walkability and urban design choices that respond to the existing built environment.

July 20, 2021, 6:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The Centennial Yards project in Atlanta, planned for a massive redevelopment project known as The Gulch. | Nir Levy / Shutterstock

Josh Green reports on the latest iteration of the plan to redevelop Centennial Yards in Atlanta—a development known as the Gulch.

"In an effort to blend with what’s already there, a revised plan for the $5-billion transformation of downtown’s Gulch puts connectivity to existing streets and pedestrian access at the forefront, according to the project’s development team," writes Green.

The project, which is supported by $1.9 billion in public subsidies, will cover at least a dozen city blocks, Green explains, located near the State Farm Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"The updated site plan aims to make Centennial Yards more of an extension of surrounding city blocks by continuing the style and scale of existing buildings, while adding what project officials call increased walkability and access," reports Green.

The most recent version of the plan was submitted as part of a Special Application Permit that city officials says marks a major milestone for the project.

The development team behind the project, Centennial Yards Company, also announced the hiring of Foster + Partners to work with Perkins + Will on forthcoming designs for the project.

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