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Before Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta full force last Monday, metal panels were already falling off 34 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

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The 32-story office tower is sandwiched between Woodruff Park and Broad Street. And the top of it has metal panels protecting the building's mechanical equipment.

The Creative Group owns the building and David Barrett is the building manager. He said the owner wasn't aware of any issues with the panels until Sunday.

Downtown Atlanta Roads Set To Reopen Following Irma

Sep 14, 2017
The area around 34 Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta has been closed off due to storm winds knocking metal panels off the tower.
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Some roads in downtown Atlanta that were closed because of storm damage from Irma reopened Thursday afternoon.

For the past few days, the area around 34 Peachtree Street has been roped off with caution tape.

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On Sunday, winds from Tropical Storm Irma knocked metal panels off the 32-story office tower. More fell on Monday when the storm hit the city full force.

No one was hurt, but police closed off the area because they worried more panels would fall.

People were given stickers to mark what recommendations they believe are most important.
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Imagine downtown Atlanta having 10,000 more trees and being better connected with welcoming spaces. Those are some of the changes outlined in the first draft of the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan that was unveiled Tuesday night.

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Atlanta’s Downtown Development Wave Moves South

Jul 3, 2017
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A forgotten but historic part of Atlanta is seeing its biggest wave of new investment in a lifetime.

According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, nearly $4 billion worth of projects are planned for south downtown, from the latest plans to build a $1 billion mixed use project around Philips Arena to the sprawling redevelopments of Underground Atlanta and Turner Field.

Much of the investment is centered around the “Gulch,” a collection of parking lots and rail-lines that sits below Philips Arena.

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Downtown Atlanta has struggled for years with the perception that it’s not vibrant.

Now, a group of business leaders in the area hopes an ordinance before the Atlanta City Council on Monday will change that — by bringing in bright lights.

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