The event—open to the public—will include the demolition of building 500.
North American Properties (NAP) Tuesday announced plans to break ground on the “reimagined” Colony Square October 10.
The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking from 3 to 5 p.m.
“This is a meaningful moment for our city,” Kevin Green, president and CEO of Midtown Alliance, said in the announcement.
“This day begins Colony Square’s physical transformation into a central gathering place for our community—a true destination, rich with experiences, energy, events and entertainment. This has been a long time coming, and we are excited to celebrate with the community as we all watch this landmark project unfold.”
Starting at 3 p.m., bites from local chefs, including fare from Sukoshi and Donetto by Steve Palmer, restaurateur and chef-curator of Colony Square’s food hall, will be served.
Cocktails by Sunshine Alchemy and Establishment will also be available as well as music and entertainment by Mia Green Band.
Mayor Kasim Reed, alongside key NAP team members, will be speaking at the event.
The groundbreaking will include the demolition of building 500 (yes, there will be a wrecking ball.)
Additionally, guests will be able to “virtually walk through and experience” the reimagined Colony Square.
Today, Colony Square has 163,000 square feet of dated retail space and 720,000 square feet of office space. The redevelopment will add 172,000 square feet of new office space.
Upon completion, Colony Square will encompass more than 40,000 square feet of open community gathering places, 143,000 square feet of entertainment, retail and fitness concepts, chef-driven restaurants, including Main & Main, the 28,000-square-foot experiential food hall, and 892,000 square feet of office space.
The first phase, opening July 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Colony Square’s original groundbreaking, will include street-level restaurants and retail wrapping the 100 building.
The second phase, opening March 14, 2019, will feature street-level restaurants wrapping the 400 building.
The third phase, opening Nov. 21, 2019, will include a “luxury” movie theater, Main & Main, modern office space and a curated collection of fitness concepts.
“After months of gathering community feedback, researching best-in-class urban design, entertainment and restaurant concepts and carefully curating every detail, we are thrilled to celebrate this historic milestone at Colony Square,” Mark Toro said.
“We thank the community for its active engagement and enthusiasm, and we look forward to bringing our shared vision to life.”