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About Colony Square
At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is not only the heart of Midtown, it’s the heart of Atlanta – an original icon at the very center of the ever-rising capital of the modern South. Today, Colony Square is becoming an icon of another kind, bringing the Art of Modern Life to Midtown. Featuring 912,000 square feet of Class A office, 160,000 square feet of best-in-class retail, a 466-room hotel and 262 luxury residences, the reimagined Colony Square will be known as a foodie haven; shopping and entertainment destination; sophisticated business hub; and an amenity-rich, arts-infused place to gather with community and soak up Midtown’s vibe. Open, walkable and transit friendly, the reimagined Colony Square, like all great city squares, will be seamlessly connected to the vibrant energy of the streets around it.
About North American Properties
Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $7 billion of mixed-use, retail, multifamily and office properties across the United States. Rooted in its purpose-driven approach to development, North American Properties is creating great places that connect people to each other; cities to their souls; partners to opportunities; and individuals to experiences that move them. Headquartered in Cincinnati, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Myers, Florida, the company has developed 22 million square feet of commercial space and 19,000 residential units in 15 states and 67 cities. In the past three years, North American Properties has launched 36 projects totaling $2.2 billion in total capitalization. In metro Atlanta, North American Properties led the turnaround of Atlantic Station and the ground up development of Avalon. Currently, the company’s mixed-use pipeline includes: Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta, Newport on the Levee in Newport, Kentucky and Riverton in the New York metro area.
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ATLANTA (Oct. 8, 2020) – North American Properties (NAP), the real estate company behind the $400 million transformation of Colony Square, has completed another major component of the redevelopment: The Plaza at Colony Square, a vibrant community greenspace officially opening to the public on October 9. Also new to Colony Square, Atlanta’s favorite popsicle company King of Pops will open a unique window-service concept on The Plaza next spring.
Taking the place of the former Colony Square Mall, The Plaza sits at the heart of the property, connecting guests to everything the reimagined Colony Square has to offer. At over 10,000 square feet, the greenspace will serve as an activation venue for Colony Square’s events as well as an outdoor gathering space for Midtown. Tonight, Colony Square will host its first guests in The Plaza for The Gathering, an annual event held by local nonprofit City of Refuge.
In addition to The Gathering, Colony Square will support City of Refuge throughout the month of October by raising funds through 10 socially distanced Signature Events: three Yoga on the Square classes, three Laughing Hour on the Square comedy shows and four Groovin’ on the Square live music performances. Each event will take place in The Plaza and tickets can be purchased at https://colonysquare.com/events/.
“Our team demolished a 50-year-old, enclosed mall to create Midtown’s Living Room, and now we get to see it come to life,” said Adam Schwegman, partner and senior vice president of leasing at NAP. “This is the future of real estate: Activated, well-designed, open-air space surrounded by modern brands that provide great food, great drinks, endless entertainment and unique finds. The Plaza at Colony Square is the heart and soul of the entire experience.”
One of three community gathering places, The Plaza features a resort-level Concierge, an indoor/outdoor performance stage, ample seating areas, a large-format LED display, an interactive digital art experience, and access to Politan Row at Colony Square, the forthcoming food hall. It is also surrounded by activated retail and restaurants that spill out onto The Plaza, one of which will be occupied by King of Pops, Spaces and IPIC.
The popsicle stand turned innovative business will debut its second brick-and-mortar location in The Plaza next spring, offering unique popsicles, pop-tails, slush-tails, soft serve ice cream and seasonal treats to the Midtown community. With the design process in motion for the new space, King of Pops is embracing digital-friendly, open-air service (including a walk-up window and NanaWall) to meet the changing expectations of diners and capitalize on its central location within The Plaza.
“We have worked closely with NAP for several years now through events at Avalon and are always impressed with the level of hospitality provided to guests, vendors and tenants,” said Steven Carse, co-founder of King of Pops. “Our prime location creates a unique opportunity for our team to interact with guests, create an all-encompassing brand experience and form a deeper connection with Midtown.”
The news of The Plaza and King of Pops comes on the heels of Brown Bag Seafood Co.’s debut at Colony Square earlier this month. Additional openings include American Barber (opening this fall), IPIC (opening this fall), Holeman and Finch Public House (opening next spring), Rumi’s Kitchen (opening next spring) and Politan Row at Colony Square (opening next spring).
Once completed, the reimagined Colony Square will feature enhanced connectivity with Midtown, with nearly one million square feet of Class A office, a variety of open-air gathering spaces, a resort-level hospitality program, advanced technology, and modern dining, retail and entertainment experiences.
NAP assembled a world-class team to execute the redevelopment. Cushman & Wakefield oversees office leasing. Hoar Construction is the general contractor. Lord Aeck Sargent is the architect of record, Beyer Blinder Belle is the lead design firm and Site Solutions is the landscape and hardscape architect. Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer.