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Perimeter Center

Perimeter Center
The Perimeter Center skyline as seen from Brookhaven
The Perimeter Center skyline as seen from Brookhaven
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Perimeter Center is a neighborhood and major Sandy Springs. It is one of metro Atlanta's largest business districts and one of the largest edge cities in the United States, comprising over 29,000,000 square feet (2,700,000 m2) of office space, 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) of retail space, and 40,000 residents.[1][2]


Like many edge cities, Perimeter Center was farmland until the late 1960s. In 1971, Perimeter Mall opened, constructed on a former cow pasture and debuting as the seventh mall in metro Atlanta. Perimeter Mall was ostensibly named after the 64-mile (103 km) long Interstate 285 which circumscribes Atlanta’s perimeter, and at one time was the edge of Atlanta’s suburban extent. Since the opening of the mall, Perimeter Center was developed though office parks constructed adjacent to the mall, including the Ravinia and Concourse complexes in the 1980s. An expansion of Buckhead. A MARTA transit connection was established with the opening of the Dunwoody and Medical Center Stations in 1996 and the Sandy Springs Station in 2000. Perimeter Center was a focal point for the incorporation of Sandy Springs in 2005 and Dunwoody in 2008. While DeKalb County threatened to sue Dunwoody over Perimeter Center's inclusion in the new city, the lawsuit never came to fruition.


Perimeter Center spans two Fulton to the west, with the county line running straight north and south just a few hundred yards or meters to the west of the mall. This line also demarcates the city of Sandy Springs to the west from the cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody to the east. The Perimeter Center Community Improvement District is made up of two separate self-taxing community improvement districts, set-up by the two counties to improve the area. While legally separate, they work together as a single entity.[3]


The Perimeter Center skyline including Sandy Springs (left and right).

The area is home not only to the strip malls that are typically built near major indoor malls, but also many office parks that contain high-rise office buildings, including skyscrapers that house the world headquarters of United Parcel Service (UPS), AT&T Mobility, Cox Enterprises, Haverty's and Newell Rubbermaid.

The King and Queen Towers, formally known as Concourse at Landmark Center, are the most recognizable structures due to the artistic structures that top them. Perimeter Place, a shopping area that emulates a town center rather than a typical strip mall, contains the Manhattan, Perimeter Center's first high-rise condominium tower.

Pill Hill

The skyline of Pill Hill

Scottish Rite, which was previously a children’s convalescent home, expanded into a full-fledged medical center in 1965. Northside Hospital became the first major medical provider to build on Pill Hill in 1970, and Saint Joseph’s was built soon after. The area has seen a major transformation over the past 40 years, as Northside has grown from 250 beds to 537 beds, while Saint Joseph’s completed a 64-bed expansion in 2005 to bring it to a total of 410 beds. MARTA serves the district through the Medical Center Station.[4]


Perimeter Center Parkway

Perimeter Center is located at the Interstate 285 beltway, "the Perimeter" for which the Mall and the area around it were named.

Perimeter Center is connected to Buckhead, Midtown and downtown Atlanta via Cumberland (about 9 miles (14 km) or 15 kilometers west-southwest), and east to Doraville to meet the existing northeast MARTA line.


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External links

  • City of Sandy Springs
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