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Buckhead Atlanta project reaches construction milestone

ATLANTA - The project now known as Buckhead Atlanta has endured a bankruptcy, a name change and years of uncertainty. Now, the project is finally coming together.

The signing of the top beam for the long-delayed project was like a sigh of relief for the crew who has worked for the past six years to get the billion-dollar project up and running.

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"Many of those involved since the beginning thought this day would never come. Many of our employees felt the same way," said Al Petrangeli, Georgia Division president for Balfour Beatty Construction.

Residents in Buckhead might have agreed. For years the site sat empty with no certain future and two huge reminders of the stalled progress.

"You can't have Buckhead, one of the city's strongest neighborhoods, the most expensive pieces of real estate with two holes in it," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "I called my staff, all these technical people, these engineers. And I said, I don't know what's going on, but do not mess this up!"

The crew has been working for seven months to get construction to this point. Construction won't be fully completed on the project until early 2015.