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Race to be Atlanta's Next Office Tower

Atlanta Office

Piedmont REIT has given itself two chances to be next out of the ground.


Piedmont REIT's George Wells (here with his wife Karen) chatted with us about two entries in a company presentation: Glenridge Highlands III and The Gavitello. Both could be the company's next Class-A mid-rise developments


George feels Central Perimeter is ripe for a new tower. As of Q3, CP landlords have leased more than 400k SF of Class-A space, and the vacancy rate is below 10%. But what's more appealing to developers is the sheer lack of contiguous blocks of space. According to Colliers', the largest blocks of office space in Central Perimeter are 100k to 150k SF. And there are only two of them. On top of that, there are fewer than 20 blocks of 30k SF or larger spaces in the whole submarket. The proposed Glenridge Highlands III, a 300k SF building that's part of the Glenridge Highlands development (including a proposed restaurant), could field those prospects.


George says Class-A rents should rise to the mid-$30/SF range in Central Perimeter before shovel hits dirt. Some are close, he says, but not quite there. It's second land holding, called The Gavitello (pictured), will be developed into a 250k SF office building next to The Medici Building at the Piazza at Paces off Northside Drive in Buckhead. “That one's probably a little further out,” George tells us.