Five years ago, the real estate development firm, OliverMcMillan, took lead over the massive $1 billion Buckhead Atlanta project, determined to offer shoppers an experience that would rival that of New York’s 5th Avenue, or San Francisco’s Union Square. Today, the eight acre luxury shopping district, in the heart of Buckhead, became a reality, after years of struggles and development setbacks. Oliver McMillan’s developer – Dene Oliver, Buckhead’s Coalition President – Sam Massell, and Atlanta’s Mayor – Kasim Reed, officially opened the Buckhead Atlanta area for business.
It has been reported that the billion dollar development sits on eight acres and serves as a multi-purpose project complete with retailers, fine dining restaurants, condominiums, and office spaces. Atlanta’s Mayor, Kasim Reed, seemed to be really pleased, as he joked about wanting to hear the Happy Song by Artist: Pharrell Williams.
“Since the day of the property’s groundbreaking, Buckhead Atlanta has proven to be one of the most highly anticipated developments in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “Mr. Dene Oliver and the OliverMcMillan team have worked tirelessly to bring their vision for a best-in-class retail, dining, resident, and office space to life. Buckhead Atlanta is going to be one of our city’s most distinctive and popular destinations for years to come.”
Media outlets were also informed that the following retailers and restaurants were open for business:
• Brunello Cucinelli
• Fadó Irish Pub
Buckheadviews reports that 30 retailers and restaurants have signed on, and openings will continue through the summer of 2015. At completion, it is anticipated that Buckhead Atlanta will have 50-60 retail stores, and 13 restaurants.
“Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury shopping, dining, entertainment, residential and office development in the heart of Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, is located on eight acres across six city blocks at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads. Designed to fit seamlessly into the existing Buckhead Village, the destination has pedestrian-friendly streets, lush landscaping, upscale residences, great food and luxury retail shops that are new to Atlanta. At approximately 1.5 million square feet, the completed district will include 300,000 square feet of upscale retail stores, restaurants and cafes, more than 100,000 square feet of office space, and 370 luxury high-rise residences.” (atlantaga.gov)
Grand opening of Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury shopping, dining, entertainment, residential and office development in the heart of Atlanta. / Fox 5 Atlanta