Work begins at 3350 Peachtree tower on project that will add a public park

Construction is underway at the 3350 Peachtree tower on the parking garage expansion that will be capped with a new publicly accessible park. In the foreground is the Buckhead MARTA Station and Ga. 400, which may one day be capped by the HUB404 park. The tower's new park could connect to HUB404. Credit: Rob Knight

Construction recently began on improvements to the 3350 Peachtree skyscraper that will include a new publicly accessible park atop a parking garage. 

Formerly called Capital City Plaza, the 30-year-old tower stands on Peachtree Road next to the Buckhead MARTA Station and Ga. 400 and is known as the home of the popular South City Kitchen restaurant. Owner Cousins Properties last fall announced the plan to expand the parking garage and cap it with green space. 

A rendering of the future park at 3350 Peachtree, with Ga. 400 and the Buckhead MARTA Station to the left.

The plan includes potential connections to two stalled projects: the HUB404 park that would cap Ga. 400 between Peachtree and Lenox roads, and a mixed-use skyscraper on an adjacent parking lot behind the tower numbered as 3354 Peachtree, though it sits well off that street. Improvements to the Peachtree Road driveway for both drivers and pedestrians is another part of the plan.

An aerial view of the future park.

Cousins did not respond to questions about the construction timeline. At an Aug. 4 meeting of the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 12, a specialized zoning district, project engineer Charles Zakem said work had begun, as is evident along the driveway and the rear of the parking garage.

“You may have noticed some activity around the site recently. They have started some of the construction work on the site in the last week or so,” said Zakem.

Zakem was at the DRC to present minor changes to the plan, largely related to abandoning a shared loading dock with the still-theoretical new skyscraper in the rear. The changes, Zakem said, do not affect the plan for the privately owned, publicly accessible park.

“The public open space… [is] very much still part of the project,” said Zakem.  

As presented last fall, that open space includes paths, lawns, sculptures and greenery, plus a bistro with restrooms. 

The park will sit atop the tower’s parking garage, which is being extended to the rear and expanding from roughly 660 to roughly 1,000 spaces. That expansion is a trade-off for Cousins giving up many spaces in the adjacent surface lot. 

Improving the public spaces around office towers is a trend that Cousins is also leading elsewhere in the neighborhood with its renovations to the Buckhead Plaza complex at Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads.

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