City wants you to redesign part of the old AJC building as gallery space

Well, if you’re a registered architect, that is. New gallery space slated to open this October.

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After shuttering its downtown headquarters at 72 Marietta Street and skedaddling to Dunwoody two years ago, AJC owners Cox Enterprises gifted to the city of Atlanta the behemoth building the paper called home for 40 years.

Little activity has taken place at the property, worth an estimated $50 million, since being handed over to the city in November 2010. At the time, the city told the AJC its future plans could involve “police and fire training academies in the buildings, use the auditorium for public meetings, create a gallery space that formerly was at City Hall East, and use warehouse and parking space.”

About that gallery space. Atlanta’s Office for Cultural Affairs has announced RE:DESIGN, an architectural competition to help re-imagine the bottom floor of the building as a contemporary gallery space.