I would like to thank the more than 100 Buckhead community members for attending and giving their feedback at the last BUCKHEAD REdeFINED meeting on February 27.
We are close to selecting a final set of BUCKHEAD REdeFINED projects for either further analysis or pursuit, but want more community feedback.
The goal of the February 27 meeting was for the BUCKHEAD REdeFINED team to present the three main areas where the public and stakeholders want to see the community improve, which were identified after the January 19 public workshop. These areas include:
Vitality: Activating public spaces to create a more vibrant and stimulating place
Mobility: Improving multi-modal access in, around and throughout Buckhead
Livability: Providing programmatic and policy changes that create a safer, more comfortable and inclusive district
Proposed Projects to address those areas:
Presenters included Eric Bosman of Kimley-Horn, Bill Tunnell, founding principal for TSW, Rob Rogers, Rogers Partners architecture and urban design firm, and Woody Giles, community planner with TSW, who all focused on proposed projects, including the following:
The discussion about vitality included the idea of creating greener and more open places including parks, retail spaces and other developments. The presenters also mentioned the installation of permanent, temporary, performance or interactive artwork to enhance and beautify areas. More detailed examples include:
- Expanding Charlie Loudermilk Park into the nearby Bank of America building area
- Placing a park and office buildings in front of Lenox Mall’s parking lot that fronts Peachtree Road
- Pursuing the proposed park on top of GA 400 between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road
Buckhead REdeFINED planners want to create ways to make commutes to and from work, Buckhead shops and restaurants easier by creating the following:
- Buckhead Loop Trail, a multi-use path that would provide much needed east-west connectivity to PATH400 and throughout the district
- Piedmont Corridor Improvements to increase walkability, add median turn lanes and beautify the streetscape, making south Piedmont more of an attractive gateway into Buckhead from the south
- A dedicated bicycle lane from the intersection of PATH400 and Old Ivy Rd. to Lenox Square
A combination of mobility and vitality improvements in Buckhead will improve the overall community’s livability and make Buckhead a more accessible and livable urban environment.
Another way to improve Buckhead’s vitality, mobility and livability is to create interchanges, roads and sidewalks that connect Buckhead for faster and easier transportation.
Below are some potential projects:
- An enhanced interchange for all users of the road at Lenox Rd. and GA 400
- New GA 400 interchange behind Lenox Square at East Paces Ferry Road
- Improvements to the Phipps/Monarch ramp and Peachtree Road/Lenox Road intersection
In order to make these projects happen, we must keep the conversation going! If you would like to learn more about BUCKHEAD REdeFINED and its projects and plans please visit buckheadredefined.com. You can also see a video recap of the meeting by visiting BCID’S Facebook page.
If you have feedback, contact us by social media and visit our site for information on the next meeting.
Thanks again for attending and we look forward to your continued engagement!
NOTICE IS GIVEN as provided in the ATLANTA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT, approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3653) as amended, that a Caucus of Electors of the Buckhead Community Improvement District shall be held on the 24th day of May, 2017, in the Regent Partners Conference Room on the 15th Floor of the Tower Place 100 Building, 3340 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 30326. The purpose of the Caucus is to elect Board members to Posts 4, 6 and 8 to serve on the Buckhead Community Improvement District Board. An additional purpose is to vote on the question, “Shall the Buckhead Community Improvement District be dissolved?” Registration for the election shall be held from 7:15 o’clock A.M. to 8:00 o’clock A.M. Voting will occur immediately thereafter. A map of said District is on file with the Clerk of the Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Tax Commissioner. All Electors as designated under the Act are invited to attend and cast their votes.
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In January, Buckhead CID’s board of directors unanimously voted to spend $705,000 on the addition of 30 cameras and 20 license plate readers for Operation Shield within the BCID boundaries. What does this mean for residents, workers and visitors to our part of town? Two words – safety and security.
Since 2011, the BCID has worked in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF), installing a wireless network-based public safety surveillance system as part of Operation Shield that enables the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Video Integration Center to have better eyes and ears on the district.
The camera system, which through 2015 included 19 cameras, provides real-time situational awareness of key areas within the CID and records camera images for post-incident investigation.
I, and the BCID board, want those who live, work, play and shop in Buckhead to feel safe and secure, and I believe these added cameras and license plate readers will strengthen our crime prevention and improve our emergency preparedness.
To learn more about Operation Shield, read our press release. The added cameras and readers are fully supported by the Atlanta Police Foundation, as it helps them to efficiently oversee the community on an ongoing basis.
We anticipate the cameras will be installed throughout the district by this summer, including two additional cameras dedicated to Charlie Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead.
WSB-TV covered the story, and you can see the story here.
On January 13, the Buckhead Shell gas station, located at the triangular junction of Roswell Road and Powers Ferry Road, shut down to begin remodeling to urbanize this historic and well-known establishment.
The gas station, owned and operated by Smita and Mahesh Patel, will be transformed from a congested building into an eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind convenience store. It will feature an energy efficient “Big Ass” fan, a Beer Cave and full-service carry-out only Dunkin Donuts and Subway.
Since parking is limited, there will be an underground parking garage with four spots and Georgia’s first “Auto-Lift,” an elevator uniquely designed to get cars in and out of the garage without drivers having to use a ramp. This design is unique and is the first to be placed in any building in Georgia.
The station will go green by only using LED lights and 50 plus solar panels on the building and canopy that will be tied into the power grid with an inverter. The building will feature a natural gas powered back-up generator to ensure the lights never go out, no matter what. Rain water will be collected in two underground vaults to be recycled, and there will be a state-of-the-art underground storm water system that will eliminate and/or tremendously reduce the water run-off into the Atlanta storm water system.
For electric car drivers, Georgia Power plans to install an Electric Vehicle DC Fast Charger with two parking spaces the community can use free of charge.
Smita and Mahesh tell me that their focus is to truly serve the community with all forms of alternative energy, while people enjoy a unique shopping experience with great convenience.
Ultimately, the station’s redevelopment will transform it into a stunning landmark and business model that will serve as an example to other gas station owners who may otherwise accept the status quo without question.
Buckhead Shell hopes to do business differently and incorporate the best practices that would benefit customers, staff and the community. The station plans to re-open in fall 2017.
The City of Atlanta and its staff have been helpful and supportive, as were the two area Neighborhood Planning Units.
Before Smita and Mahesh could remodel the station, they first had to find an architect that could help them create a design that was modern and worthy of Buckhead.
The challenges in design were numerous, starting with a triangular-shaped 1.5-acre lot, which limits parking and affects the size of the building. They consulted several architects, but international architect, Inato Sema, who designs buildings in tight spaces that are both functional and efficient, produced a unique rendering that won the day. The interior layout was designed by Paragon Solutions from Dallas, Texas. However, the challenge of the final drawings and construction documents fell on the shoulders of architects Randy Pimsler and James Cain from Atlanta who made everything fit and efficient. A lot of “out of the box” thinking created some brilliant ideas, which were truly a local and international effort.
The Buckhead Shell was first purchased by the Patels in 1998, which was originally known as the old Phillips 66 gas station. A few years later they built out on both sides of the original kiosk to sell grocery products and changed the brand to Shell.
In 2012, they decided to increase the size of the building again. The initial idea was to delete the car wash and enclose that space into a retail area, but that would mean the building would still be an outdated and inefficient building. After years of planning and reviewing designs, the remodeling is finally underway.
The Buckhead Community Improvement District is thrilled about this redevelopment project happening in the community. If you or your company are planning to redevelop a building or piece of land in Buckhead, please let us know so we can share your story on our blog and social media!
Photos Courtesy of Vinny Bose