Developer OliverMcMillan starts pre-construction work this month on the Buckhead Atlanta project, the developer announced.

The San Diego-based developer said in a press release that the general contractor on the project will begin modifying structures on the site “to make them compatible with OliverMcMillan’s vision for a walkable, mixed-use community that will fit seamlessly within the existing Buckhead Village.”

OliverMcMillan took over the six-block, 8-acre project nearly a year ago. The project, formerly known as The Streets of Buckhead, originally was a vision of Ben Carter Properties, which sought to create a premier shopping district like Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive in the heart of Buckhead.

In an announcement April 20, OliverMcMillan said pre-construction work would include the removal of columns, adapting structures already in place and digging additional foundations to accommodate redesign of portions of the project.

Georgia Power also will begin burying above-ground power lines along Buckhead Avenue, the press release said.

“Undergrounding the overhead power lines is an important piece of the pre-construction work,” said Hunter Richardson, development director for OliverMcMillan. “We have been working with Georgia Power for several months to find an optimal alignment. Undergrounding will start in the next couple weeks and will take approximately six weeks to complete.”

OliverMcMillan said the project is on target to be completed in late 2013.

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