Colony Square’s Glass-Covered Food Court, Atrium Is About to Come Tumbling Down

Moe’s, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Establishment, and 5Church are open and operational as the development is 'reimagined.'

Interior demolition on the Colony Square food court is underway as developer North American Properties (NAP) seeks to “reimagine” the landmark Midtown development.

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A permit application was submitted to the City of Atlanta late-December for “vertical demolition” of the property’s “existing mall;” a $6,200,000 expense.

The “actual building” that houses the food court will begin demolition this spring, a Colony Square spokesperson Wednesday told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in an email.

Moe’s, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Establishment, and 5Church make up the current roster of open and operational dining options at Colony Square.

As part of the demolition, Colony Square is donating the Atrium’s 500 chairs and 150 tables to City of Refuge, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of people in crisis in the 30314 zip code.

On Friday, January 5, 180 chairs and 70 tables will be dropped off at City of Refuge.

The tables and chairs will be used for City of Refuge’s newly remodeled education center for kids, the Bright Futures Academy (middle and high school students) commons area and the permanent supportive housing units that will be completed this year, according to the non-profit’s COO Jeff Deel.

The remaining tables and chairs will be donated as the redevelopment progresses.

Once demolition is complete, NAP is expected to begin construction on Main and Main, the developer’s food hall concept that will replace the tired mall’s business-serving food court.

The 14-concept food hall is part of NAP’s plan to “reimagine” Colony Square including 143,000 square feet of restaurants, retail, entertainment and fitness concepts that will become the Midtown community’s “third place”, the social place outside of their homes (first place) and offices (second place).

The first phase of development will open in 2018.

During the redevelopment process, North American Properties is hosting several initiatives to bring inspired food activations, pop up experiences and events to Colony Square, including food trucks and a partnership with Fooda, to continue to engage with the community and incubate chef-driven concepts.

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The Colony Square Food Court and Atrium | Photo: North American Properties

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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