Crane watch: Dual Midtown towers climb near Piedmont Park

This month marks a year since one of 2023’s most compelling high-rise projects to go vertical was declared officially underway, and the two-tower development is beginning to make its mark amid Midtown’s changing skyline.

The 1081 Juniper Street project—led by Charleston-based developer Middle Street Partners, alongside joint venture partner AECOM-Canyon Partners—has begun vertical construction over its sizable podium just west of Piedmont Park.

Upon a site visit for photos a week before Christmas, the shorter of the two buildings actually stood taller for the moment, having reached approximately 14 stories with about 20 left to go. 

Plans call for a total of 487 apartments across both buildings, a North and South tower. Ground-floor retail space will span Juniper Street for a block, according to the development team.

Construction progress over the project’s podium this month at the northeast corner of Juniper and 11th streets in Midtown, about two blocks west of Piedmont Park. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

The larger North tower will climb to 400 feet, offering 320 units across 36 stories; the South tower will top out at 380 feet, with 33 stories, larger floorplans, and what’s designed to feel like a more boutique offering of only 167 units, per developers.  

According to Midtown Alliance, the 1081 Juniper project will also include 690 parking spaces, with delivery tentatively scheduled for fall 2024. 

Last year, the buildings that housed two Midtown drinking and dining staples—Einstein’s and Joe’s on Juniper—were razed at the site, along with neighboring bungalows reshaped as businesses. The Metrotainment Cafes concepts, both hubs for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, had operated on the block since the 1990s.

That demolition and infrastructure work at the Juniper Street site between 11th and 12th streets started in mid-2022, but developers didn’t declare the project officially underway until they’d secured $245 million in construction financing in December last year.

At that time, Middle Street Partners leadership said the project will help reshape the northeast portion of Midtown’s skyline, at a location they described as “the preeminent residential address in all of Atlanta—and by extension one of the best in the Southeast.”

Vertical construction over parking levels at the corner of Juniper and 12th streets, where Einstein’s long operated. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Middle Street Partners; designs, Brock Hudgins Architects

The development team also includes construction lenders Bank OZK and Related Fund Management, general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie, interior designer CID Design Group, and Brock Hudgins Architects. Middle Street Partners, which has offices in Atlanta, is also finishing construction of a 323-unit apartment project on the BeltLine’s Southside Trail in Grant Park, marking the firm’s debut in the city.

Find recent construction photos and the latest renderings for 1081 Juniper in the gallery above.

The larger tower, in the foreground, and the project’s stance over Juniper Street. Middle Street Partners; designs, Brock Hudgins Architects

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