By  on March 10, 2008

ATLANTA — The skyline and neighborhood of Buckhead Village are in the throes of change, thanks to a locally grown boy who wants to lift the area from a rowdy club scene to a fashion and community destination comparable to other high-end urban shopping districts. 

Ben Carter, founder and chairman of Ben Carter Properties, is spearheading a $1.5 billion, mixed-use project that has already signed luxury retailers Loro Piana, Vilebrequin, Bottega Veneta, Borrelli, Etro, Hermès, AG Jeans, Domenico Vacca and Oscar de la Renta. The project, which spans seven city blocks over eight acres, will feature more than 600,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, three world-class hotels, up to 1,000 luxury residential units and 300,000 square feet of top office space. Phase one of the venture, which is along Peachtree Street, East Paces Ferry, Pharr Road and North Fulton Drive, is scheduled to open in fall 2009. 

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