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The Grove, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks To Open May 2019 in Colony Square

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The Grove, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks To Open May 2019 in Colony Square

North American Properties announces new 'urban park,' openings, and begins vertical construction on Midtown mixed-use.

Starting this week, several restaurants, a wall mural by an all-female artist team and an urban park called The Grove will open in the "reimagined" Colony Square.

North American Properties (NAP) has also began vertical construction on the Main & Main food hall, operated by Oz Rey, and the first-to-market dine-in movie theater iPic.

“We are no longer in the business of building buildings; instead, we are focused on the space between the buildings – the street-level environments that naturally foster human connection and community,” Mark Toro, managing partner of NAP, said in a press release Monday.

“The reimagined Colony Square is reemerging as Midtown’s center of gravity, providing our neighbors with a highly engaging and artful gathering place where people will collide and spark new connections daily.”

New experiences coming to Colony Square include:

  • The Grove, a 10,000-square-foot urban park along the 14th Street corridor, will officially open to the public on Friday, May 3. The Grove will feature 40-foot trees, Spanish steps, tables, and chairs, plus, it will serve as the gateway to Main & Main, iPic and The Plaza. The Grove has an open container policy and will be activated with artful encounters and community events throughout the year, such as Groovin’ in The Grove, a new live music series taking place every Friday this summer.
  • Chick-fil-A will return to Colony Square on Thursday, May 2, debuting in its new location above The Grove.
  • Starbucks will open its new location in the lobby of Building 100 in May.
  • Building 400’s lobby will officially reopen to the public on Friday, May 3.
  • C-Cycle, a secured bike house exclusively available to Colony Square office tenants, will also reopen in May.
  • Establishment reopens this month. The restaurant’s expanded patio and new outdoor bar overlooking The Grove, “Tight Squeeze at Establishment,” will open this summer.
  • Construction will begin soon on Sukoshi, a fast-casual sushi concept by Steve Palmer. The restaurant is expected to open later this year.

In addition to the upcoming openings, NAP today announced the selection of an all-female team of Atlanta artists to paint a 2,915-square-foot mural on the north wall of 5Church facing Peachtree Street.

The mural, called Moon Goddess, is a tribute to Aurora, Roman Goddess of the Dawn.

The artists will be on-site painting live for the community Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning May 3.

Artists for the project include Lauren Pallotta Stumberg, Molly Rose Freeman, Lela Brunet and Laura Vela (bios below).

This collaboration will be the second for the team, following the creation of the 90’ x 90’ mural of Persephone at NAP’s recently opened mixed-use community Edge on the Beltline.

NAP broke ground on the redevelopment of Colony Square in October 2017.

NAP has since demolished more than 200,000 square feet of the former site, including the old Houlihan’s Building and former mall. To date, NAP has recycled more than 6,000 tons of materials. The team also renovated the Building 100 lobby and reopened it to the public in Oct. 2018.

NAP will celebrate Colony Square’s grand opening with the community in May 2020.

Upon completion, the reimagined Colony Square will feature 912,000 square feet of Class A office space, 160,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 262 residences and a 466-room W Hotel.

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