Written: August 30, 2017

Groundbreaking ceremony set for new state Judicial Complex

Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Chief Justice Harris Hines will preside Thursday at a ground-breaking ceremony for the new state Judicial Complex being built on the former site of the Georgia Archives building.

One of the most expensive building projects in state history at $105 million, the court building will be on Capitol Avenue in downtown Atlanta, just south of the Georgia Capitol. It will house both the state Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals.

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Houston’s hospitals treat storm victims and become victims themselves

Water poured into hospitals. Ambulances were caught up in roiling floodwaters. Medical transport helicopters were grounded by high winds. Houston’s world-renowned health care infrastructure found itself battered by Hurricane Harvey, struggling to treat storm victims while becoming a victim itself.

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190-home subdivision proposed in Gwinnett County

A new 190-home residential development is proposed in eastern Gwinnett County.

MF Georgia 1 LLC wants to build the project on 110 acres on Ewing Chapel Road south of Brooks Road, according to plans filed with the county.

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Sweet win: Ghirardelli Chocolate will lease up to 1 million square feet in Henry County

Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. looks like a sweet win for Henry County’s economy.

Ghirardelli will lease up to 1 million square feet in Lambert Farms Logistics Park, the large industrial real estate development about 45 minutes south of Atlanta, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

The facility will be operated by Ozburn Hessey Logistics. Ghirardelli and OHLhave partnered on similar projects in big logistics markets such as Chicago.

It’s unclear how many jobs Ghirardelli will bring Henry County.

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DR Horton pays $5 million for next phase of formerly stalled development

Here’s another sign the suburban Atlanta housing market is back on its feet.

DR Horton is starting the next phase of a 90-acre Gwinnett County housing development that had stalled during the Great Recession and went back to its lender.

The expansion could add another 150 homes to the Mill Creek area, a sprawling network of housing and schools between Suwanee, Buford and Braselton.

DR Horton already owned the first phase of the project, known as Lakeview at Hamilton Mill. Developing the next phase, or about 35 acres, could bring the entire project to 230 homes.

Earlier this summer, it paid $5.1 million to acquire and develop the remainder of the site at Interstate 85 and Doc Hughes Road, according to Gwinnett County property records.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium retractable roof will not be ready for Falcons home opener

A one-of-a-kind retractable roof will not be ready to open for the Atlanta Falcons’ first home games at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Team officials made the announcement earlier this afternoon.

No date was given when the retractable roof would become fully automated, meaning it could open and close with the press of a button.

For now, it can be opened manually, but the complex, mechanized process takes about six hours. Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons parent AMB Group LLC, said he is confident the roof will function as planned at some point this season.

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Outer suburbs pacing metro Atlanta growth rate

With Metro Atlanta’s outer suburbs leading the way, the 10-county metro region added 78,300 residents between April of last year and this April, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) reported Thursday.

The fastest growth occurred in Cherokee and Henry counties, with population increases of 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively since 2010. The city of Atlanta, which had been steadily losing population for several decades until the 2000 census, grew by 7 percent between 2010 and this year.

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$612 million Atlanta medical office deal announced

Nashville, Tenn.-based Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:HR) said it’s agreed to buy 15 medical office buildings in the Atlanta metro area from Meadows & Ohly, LLC for a total purchase price of $612.5 million.

The properties are located on hospital campuses or fully leased to three leading health systems in Atlanta. The properties total 1.3 million square feet and are 96.2 percent occupied.

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Buckhead finalizes first master plan in 15 years

Someday Buckhead will be easier to get to and around by car and foot as trails and new transportation improvements eliminate much of the gridlock on busy streets. People — many of them young — will live, not just work, here. Walkable avenues will be adorned with public art and the district will finally have a central public gathering point. That’s the vision of a newly released master plan called “Buckhead Redefined.”

Getting to that vision will take money, code changes, persuasion and about five to 10 years. Nothing will come to fruition overnight, but the plan’s supporters see it as the beginning of a new era for Buckhead. An Atlanta City Council vote on the plan is expected in the fall.

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More than 500 residential units planned in new Buckhead Village project

A Dallas real estate company is proposing one of the largest mixed-use projects yet for the rapidly developing Buckhead Village.

Dallas-based JLB Partners wants to rezone its three-acre site at West Paces Ferry and Paces Ferry Place, where it could develop more than 500 residential units.

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