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Public Meeting Notice – Sept. 6 – Lenox Road Scoping Study

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Meeting Reminder

Lenox Road Scoping Study – Public Meeting

Buckhead community members are invited to attend a public information meeting about the Lenox Road Scoping Study project on Wednesday, September 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. At this gathering, there will be a brief presentation and a Q&A session.

The study, which began in October 2016, aimed to determine the feasibility of various pedestrian, bicycle and roadway improvements to the Lenox Road corridor from the Lenox MARTA station toward Piedmont Road. It was conducted in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC.)

Click here for more information on ARC.

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Community Events
September 16
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Livable Buckhead’s
PARK(ing) Day

Buckhead News

Take a look at new concepts for Buckhead Park over Ga400

Buckhead CID moving forward with Park over Ga400

 

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Wieuca Road Roundabout Public Meeting on April 19 ׀ Jazz Music in Charlie Loudermilk Park on April 22

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Buckhead CID Upcoming Events


Wieuca Road Roundabout Public Meeting

Buckhead community members are invited to attend a public meeting about the Wieuca Road roundabout project on April 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. At the meeting, the BCID will present the latest project information and design options, and answer any questions from attendees.

For more information on the Wieuca Road at Phipps Boulevard intersection improvements, click here to read a BCID study conducted in 2015.

Jazz Music in Charlie Loudermilk Park

jazzfestivalAs part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, Council member Michael Bond, with support from the Buckhead Community Improvement District and Chatt Hills Music, will host a free neighborhood jazz performance featuring Julie Dexter and Joe Grandsen on Saturday, April 22 from 2 – 6 p.m.

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Community Events

April 9 – 12
Biophilic Leadership Summit
The Inn at Serenbe

April 13
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Night in Blue 2017
Charlie Loudermilk Park and Buckhead Theatre,
3110 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

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E-Newsletter – March 2017

Buckhead Community Improvement District
BUCKHEAD REdeFINED – What’s Next?

Buckhead REdeFINED

The organizations behind BUCKHEAD REdeFINED have been working hard these past few months trying to plan for Buckhead’s future. The organizing partners held a workshop on January 19 and a public meeting on February 27 to gather feedback on a variety of potential projects that could improve Buckhead’s vitality, mobility and livability.

On February 27, a more refined list of potential plans and projects were presented to a crowd of more than 100 citizens interested in reshaping Buckhead’s future, including the park over GA400, improvements to the interchange at Lenox Road and GA400 and improvements to Phipps/Monarch ramp and Peachtree/Lenox Road intersection.

What’s next on the list for BUCKHEAD REDdeFINED? The organizations are still researching and asking for the community’s continued feedback.

Visit buckheadredefined.com for more information on a meeting coming soon and read BCID’s blog to get a recap from the February 27 BUCKHEAD REdeFINED meeting.

Charlie Loudermilk Park Wins Beautification Award

CLP Beautification awardOn January 12, the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) held its annual luncheon where they gave out several awards to multiple organizations and businesses in the community. Charlie Loudermilk Park, which was renovated and re-opened by the Buckhead Community Improvement District in 2015, was awarded the 2016 Buckhead Business Association’s Beautification Award. Barry Hundley, 2017 BBA president, presented the award to Jim Durrett, BCID’s executive director.

Charlie Loudermilk Park was one of the first well-known locations in Buckhead, formerly known as the Triangle Park that sat between Roswell Road, Peachtree Road and Sardis. In 2009, the park was renamed Charlie Loudermilk Park to honor his business contributions by way of Aaron Rents Inc., and his immense civic contributions, including founding and chairing the Buckhead Coalition.

In 2013, the BCID, with help from the City of Atlanta, redeveloped the park into a more vibrant green space that residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come.

As part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, Charlie Loudermilk Park will host a neighborhood jazz performance on Saturday, April 22, 2 – 6 p.m. Mark your calendars – you won’t want to miss it!

Creating New Transportation Strategies

At the beginning of 2017, the city began the process of updating its Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP), which will support the Atlanta City Design effort and provide policy and project recommendations to build a world class, sustainable, transportation system that addresses congestion in the city. The ATP also created the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a group of 50 professionals from various city departments, agencies and organizations to help provide guidance, project-decision making and more for the plan. BCID’s very own executive director, Jim Durrett, will serve on the committee and provide input to the City to create new strategies to improve transportation.

Learn more about the Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP) and how you can get involved by clicking here.

District Project Watch List

Peachtree Transformation Continues

The City of Atlanta is scheduled to repave Peachtree Road between Pharr Road and Peachtree Dunwoody Road this summer. The section of road between Pharr Road and Shadowlawn Avenue will also undergo a lane reconfiguration, creating two northbound lanes, three southbound lanes and a center turn lane. The Georgia Department of Transportation also is scheduled to complete a similar repaving and lane reconfiguration project between Deering Road and Pharr Road this summer. Stay tuned for more details!

New and Improved Cameras to be Installed in Buckhead

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, which are slated to be installed in June 2017.

Read the BCID’s blog for more information and history of the cameras.

Portman Sculpture – Coming soon!

CLP sculptureIf you like what we’ve done with Charlie Loudermilk Park, then you’ll love the new sculpture that will be installed in the park this month. The sculpture, “Aspiration,” created by Atlanta artist and architect, John Portman, will be a 12-foot-tall abstract design made from stainless steel that symbolizes Buckhead’s past and future success.

Portman is a nationally renowned artist, architect and developer and is known for his works in Atlanta, like the Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Hyatt Regency, and around the world. The CID is looking forward to having one of Portman’s pieces permanently installed in Buckhead.

Speaking EngagementsJim Durrett will be speaking at the American Council of Engineering Companies'(ACEC) Annual Convention, which will be held from April 23-26, on the topic, “Opportunities and Challenges in Non-Traditional Re-Development Projects.” Join us for the first ever Biophilic Leadership Summit from April 9 – 12 at The Inn at Serenbe. This will be the first gathering of nature-centered changemakers, urbanists, architects and environmental trailblazers who will discuss future directions of biophilic urbanism, design preserving and living with nature. Jim Durrett is a host and speaker for the event. Register Today! Events

March 17:
St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party at Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead

April 13 at 5:30 p.m.:
A Night In Blue: The Ultimate Experience
at Loudermilk Park and Buckhead Theatre

April 16 – 24:
Buckhead Restaurant Week

April 22, 2 – 6 p.m.:
Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Jazz Series at Charlie Loudermilk Park
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Buckhead REdeFINED Public Meeting on February 27

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Help UsREdefine Buckhead’s future!

Did you miss out on Buckhead REdeFINED’s January 19 public workshop? No worries! Join us Monday, February 27 for Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta International School in their main auditorium.

Let your voice be heard and help redefine Buckhead by attending the meeting! Come prepared with ideas and feedback on ways you would like to redefine Buckhead’s future. Click here to submit your ideas before the meeting.

Stay up to speed on projects and events by visiting the BCID blog. In fact, read our latest post on the January 19 Buckhead REdeFINED public workshop, “Buckhead REdeFINED Meeting Recap” to see what you missed. Click here to see the presentations from the workshop. You can also learn more by visiting buckheadredefined.com

Redefined picPhotos from the January 19 Buckhead REdeFINED meeting.
Photos by Paul Muldawer.

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Buckhead REdeFINED

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Next Meeting:February 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Buckhead REdeFINED’s Public Meeting
Main Auditorium,
34 Peachtree Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
 

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December 2016 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Park Over GA400 Gets Resounding Support  

park-over-400-night-viewFollowing the announcement in September, the proposed park over GA400 has received resounding support from a majority of the community through a survey that was launched by Buckhead REdeFINED.

The idea for the park over GA400 began over 20 years ago, when area stakeholders began discussing the idea of covering GA400 between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road with a park. The idea re-emerged as a recommendation in 2010 during the completion of the Buckhead Greenspace Action Plan as a way to increase the amount of greenspace in Council District seven, the most under park-ed Council District in the City of Atlanta. Since then, area stakeholders have been exploring this complex idea. The idea is moving forward with Rogers Partners’ design and vision plan. The concept is envisioned to create a significant community gathering space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core.

Preliminary results from the survey, which to date has had over 550 participants, noted the following:

  • 82% either like or love the park over GA400 design concept as is
  • Desired improvements to the park over GA400 design concept include: improved access from surrounding points, more greenspace in the park, inclusion of a dog park, entertainment and event space and traffic impact considerations
  • Outdoor activities that participants identified as desiring most while visiting the park included:
    78%: Walking, Running, Jogging and Exercising
    75%: Sitting outside while reading, people-watching, eating lunch, talking with friends
    69%: Attending a local arts fair, festival, green market, or other special event
    61.1%: Attending a movie night, music concert, or outdoor play
  • It appears that more than 37,000 dogs live in the district, so amenities for dog walkers will be important Respondents thought that primary funding sources should come from the City, the BCID, philanthropic contributions, leasable park concession space, and sponsorship revenue.

BCID and Rogers Partners plan to release the complete survey findings in January. In addition, Jim Durrett, executive director of BCID, will be conducting a variety of public speaking engagements in the coming months to discuss the park in more detail. If you’d like to catch up on the media coverage the park over GA400 has received to date, click here.

More projects like this are also popping up around the city, including The Stitch and the recently announced 20-acre park aspiration plan in Sandy Springs. What a great way to maximize unused space!

 

 

Buckhead REdeFINED – Creating a New Community Master Plan

buckhead-redefinedBuckhead REdeFINED is a joint effort funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Buckhead CID to address the area’s changing demographics and land use with a plan to maximize the opportunity those changes represent. Led by Livable Buckhead, a total of six organizations are collaboratively working together, including Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Business Association, Buckhead Rotary and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

In addition, a steering committee representing more than 40 different interests in the community also provides ongoing guidance. The master plan update incorporates two large projects already underway – the park over GA400 and improvements to the Lenox Road corridor. BUCKHEAD REdeFINED is being funded by the Buckhead CID and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative.

What’s next on the list? We’d like your opinions on our other surveys – Placemaking and Connectivity and Lenox Road Corridor Study. If you’d like to voice your opinion in person, please attend the next Concept Workshop, which is open to the public and will take place on January 19, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta International School, ELC Multi-purpose Room, 34 Peachtree Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.

 

 

Jim Durrett and Denise Starling Named Redevelopment Champions

metro-atl-redv-summitBCID’s executive director Jim Durrett and Livable Buckhead’s executive director Denise Starling were co-winners of the first annual 2016 Redevelopment Champion of the Year award presented at the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit (MARS) on Oct. 6 at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.

Presented by Georgia Power, MARS is the premier redevelopment event in the region, bringing together more than 200 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. MARS provided an inside look at the region’s current redevelopment projects, as well as information on trends and best practices in the industry. MARS also recognized outstanding redevelopment projects, along with the final award that went to the leaders of BCID and Livable Buckhead for their dedication and successful work in metro Atlanta redevelopment.

Project Watch List


Peachtree Transformation Continues

Over the past year, the BCID has been working on phases three and four of Peachtree Road’s streetscape project. Below are the most recent project updates:

Phase III: The Peachtree Road Phase Three streetscape project will include sidewalk improvements, bike lanes, a landscaped median, pavement resurfacing, traffic signal upgrades, decorative lighting and street trees from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue. The project is currently in the right-of-way acquisition phase, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2017. The project is being federally funded, with matching funding being provided by the BCID and the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, and will be managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). However, the BCID will play a role in project oversight to ensure successful project delivery.


Phase IV:
The Peachtree Road Phase Four streetscape project will be implemented in two sub-phases:

    • Pavement Resurfacing: The resurfacing project will include lane reconfiguration to accommodate two northbound lanes, three southbound lanes and a center turn lane from Shadowlawn Avenue to Sheridan Drive (the BCID boundary.) The resurfacing project is scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2017. This project will be funded locally by the BCID.
    • Streetscape Project: The scope will include sidewalk improvements, traffic signal upgrades, decorative lighting and street trees from Shadowlawn Avenue to Sheridan Drive, and the plans and project schedule are currently being developed. This project will likely have funding participation from state or federal sources, as well as from the BCID.


Wieuca Roundabout Makes the Final T-SPLOST List

On November 8, voters in the City of Atlanta approved a referendum to collect an additional 0.4 percent sales tax to fund projects that will improve transportation. This T-SPLOST will generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant transportation projects citywide. The Buckhead CID will receive $3.75 million for the roundabout project at the intersection of Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard. The project, which is currently in the conceptual design phase, will relieve traffic congestion and improve safety at this busy intersection.

East Paces Ferry Complete Street

The Buckhead CID has partnered with the City of Atlanta to transform a portion of East Paces Ferry Road into a Complete Street. The project, which will run from Roxboro Road to the Gordon C. Bynum Bridge, will include a multi-use trail, pedestrian crossings with flashing beacons, landscaped median and decorative lighting. Funding for this project is being provided by the Buckhead CID as well as Renew Atlanta bond funding. Construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2017.

The Buck Storyteller Statue

storyteller-bucThe famed Buck Storyteller statue that once graced Charlie Loudermilk Park has found a new home in front of the Buckhead branch of the Fulton County Library.

This unique statue was created by Alabama artist Frank Fleming and features a bronze sculpture of a man with a buck’s head seated on a log telling the story of Buckhead to several woodland creatures. The statue, which was commissioned for more than $200,000 by the Buckhead Coalition in 1998, sat in storage during the renovation of Charlie Loudermilk Park. In November, the Buck Storyteller was positioned in front of the place where stories are abundant and hundreds of visitors will enjoy this iconic piece of art.

2016 Holiday Traffic Officer Program

traffic-holidy-copsThe weather outside is frightful – maybe not yet, but traffic is on the minds of every holiday shopper in Atlanta. If you’re in Buckhead, don’t worry! For the fifth consecutive year, the BCID is launching its holiday traffic officer program beginning on Black Friday until December 26. Read the BCID’S blog to see the program’s full schedule.

 

Upcoming Events:December – January 1
Macy’s Pink Pig @ Lenox Square Mall

December – January 7,
5 – 10 p.m.
Garden Lights Holiday Nights @ Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA

December – January 1
The St. Regis Atlanta’s Astor Holiday Ice Rink @ 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA

 

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August 2016 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Park Over GA400 Announcement – September 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Can you picture a day when everyone in the world might recognize Buckhead for a world class attraction in the form of greenspace instead of traffic? Much like New York’s Central Park or San Francisco’s Union Square, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) believes Buckhead could be home to a great urban place as well.

On Wednesday, Sep. 7, BCID is encouraging CID tax-payers and the public to learn more about the innovative design and vision concept plan for the proposed park over GA400 by attending a presentation at The Buckhead Theatre. The goal of the meeting is to explain the project in detail and answer questions regarding this opportunity to bring a new attraction to Buckhead. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

The idea for the park over GA400 was announced in 2015, and has been moving forward with Rogers Partners’ design and vision plan. The Rogers Partners team interviewed key stakeholders, analyzed site conditions, developed preliminary project costs and produced site-specific concept graphics for use in pursuit of project funding. The team has more phases of work to accomplish, but enough work has been completed to get a sense of what would be built, the order of magnitude of the costs to build and operate the park, and the sources of funding that would be required to pursue it.

The concept is envisioned to create a significant community gathering space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core.

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Initial concept – 2015

East Paces Ferry Complete Street Meeting

On August 30, from 6 – 8 p.m., the public is invited to join the City of Atlanta at Resurgens Plaza in Buckhead to discuss the East Paces Ferry Complete Street Improvements Project. The City will provide more project details, and is seeking the public’s feedback. The Buckhead CID encourages the community to attend. For more information, please contact the City of Atlanta at 404.330.6165 or visit renewatlantabond.com.
Peachtree Transformation Continues

Kimley-Horn’s plans are complete for Phase IV of the Peachtree Transformation project (from Shadowlawn to Pharr), and will be available for public view in September. BCID will request construction bids by year-end.

BCID will work to limit the impact of road construction during streetscape installation, and is focusing on attaining rights of entry where appropriate with property owners.

BCID also is working on the streetscape design for Phase V, which includes Sheridan to Pharr within the district’s south boundary, and extends to the I-85 corridor. BCID is partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the City of Atlanta on the process. The goal is to shape the look of the streetscapes as it meets up with the CID boundary to have one continuous theme throughout the corridor.


TSPLOST Projects


Wieuca Roundabout Makes the Final TSPLOST List

On July 18, the Atlanta City Council voted 13 – 1 to approve the city’s final project list for the Transportation Special Local-Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST), which is expected to pay for an estimated $358.3 million in improvement projects, including the roundabout project at the Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard intersection. The tax, an additional four tenths of 1 percent, is one of two voter referenda Atlanta residents will be casting ballots on in the Nov. 8 election.

The roundabout would provide the greatest potential for traffic operations improvements because it would:

  • Mitigate sight distance issues and improve pedestrian safety crossing at Wieuca Road
  • Limit impacts to Wieuca Road and the residential community north of Phipps Boulevard
  • Serve as a signature gateway to the neighborhoods and control speeds

Wieuca Phipps
Piedmont Widening Project

The widening of Piedmont Road between Peachtree and Lenox Roads also was on the final project list for the TSPLOST that was approved by the Atlanta City Council in July. The BCID also received a grant of $1.6 million from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), and a grant of $640,000 from the Atlanta Regional Commission for the project.

Piedmont Widening
West Village

In April, the BCID board voted to approve an expansion of the district to include the east side of Roswell Road from Bank of America to The Big Ketch restaurant, and most of the area west of Roswell Road to Paces Ferry Place, between Irby Avenue and East Andrews Drive. The expansion, which will add ~$70,000 to the district’s annual tax revenues, means that the BCID can begin working with the property owners to develop site-specific improvements, including possible side-walk repairs, retaining walls, lighting and more to make the area more walkable, attractive and safe. The TSPLOST project list includes $2 million for streetscape improvements in the area. BCID will be hiring a consulting firm in September to design the improvements in consultation with the property owners.


Portman Sculpture Coming to Charlie Loudermilk Park

Work has begun to make way for the iconic John Portman sculpture that will sit at the apex of Charlie Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead. The stainless steel Portman-designed sculpture is called “Aspiration,” and will forever symbolize the friendship between Atlanta icons Portman and Loudermilk and add another artistic element to the recently renovated park. The sculpture will be in place this fall. In addition, new crosswalks will be constructed across both Peachtree and Roswell Roads to allow better access to the park.

CLP sculpture

Upcoming Events:

Sep. 7 – 9
International Downtown Association @ Westin Peachtree Plaza

Sep. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
Partnering with Co-Creators to Activate Places @ Georgia Pacific Auditorium 33 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA

Sep. 15, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Taste of Buckhead

 

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May 2016 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Park over GA400 Phase I Updates

Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) recently announced a new partnership with award-winning New York City-based ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers (Rogers Partners) for a Phase I design and vision plan for the Park over GA400.

The Rogers Partners team, which includes design partners Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), will begin work on a detailed schematic plan, funding strategy, engineering and management structure for a world-class park out of thin air. Rogers Partners will work with BCID to interview key stakeholders, analyze site conditions, develop preliminary project costs and produce site-specific concept graphics for use in pursuit of project funding.

BCID solicited proposals in January to further evaluate planning, design, engineering, costs and funding models of the concept of a Park over GA400 and the Buckhead MARTA station. The concept envisions creating up to nine acres of open space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core.

To see the full press release and team, click here.

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Request for Proposals for Livable Centers Initiative

Following the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) award of $112,000 to update its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), BCID released a Request for Proposals (RFP) that is due, Friday, May 27, 2016.

The ARC grant will allow BCID to update its 10-year community planning study in order to address the future vision of Buckhead and the multi-modal transportation opportunities to better connect residents to jobs and amenities amid intense development. BCID will hire consultants to gather extensive public input to significantly update the plan.

Since LCI began in 2000, 112 communities have received more than $197 million in planning and implementation grants. Please click here to see the LCI RFP.
Piedmont/Habersham Turn Lane Project

The Piedmont/Habersham intersection is scheduled to be completed soon. While this project has taken some time to complete, the benefits will have a positive effect on Buckhead traffic. Traffic flow will increase since both travel lanes will be fully utilized, removing the bottleneck that often occurs. Streetscaping plans are underway to plant trees this fall, making the section of road more pedestrian-friendly and visually appealing.


Peachtree Road Phase III and IV

Phase III of the Peachtree Road Transformation (Maple Drive to West Shadowlawn Avenue) is currently in the right of way acquisition phase, which should be complete by the end of this year. Construction contractor selection could take place by mid-2017. This project includes road widening to accommodate the addition of a left turn lane, a landscaped median, and streetscape improvements.

Improvements to Peachtree between Shadowlawn and Pharr Road will be able to be pursued more quickly, as this will be funded entirely by the BCID and will not require right of way acquisition since it is not a road widening project. This is a road restriping project that will yield center left turn lanes and left turn traffic signals at appropriate intersections, as well as better streetscapes to make the corridor more walkable. There will be three south-bound travel lanes and two north-bound travel lanes in this stretch of Peachtree, but left-turning vehicles will no longer block through traffic. The goal is to have a construction contractor under contract by the end of 2016.

Georgia DOT continues to make progress advancing changes to Peachtree south of Pharr Road. We expect them to also have a construction contractor under contract by the end of 2016 so that both reaches of Peachtree may be addressed at the same time.


Charlie Loudermilk Park

Since its grand re-opening in the spring of April 2015, Charlie Loudermilk Park has been an outdoor haven for people to have lunch, meet up for an event or just get out of the office for a while.

On April 15, BCID approved the expenditure of funds for the forging of a John Portman designed sculpture entitled, “Aspiration,” which will be installed at the apex of the park. The BCID investment will be matched by Charlie Loudermilk.

The park also is available for special events. If interested, please contact Tony Peters at the Buckhead CID at 404-842-2691 or tony@livablebuckhead.org.

Also in this Issue:


Request for Proposals for Livable Centers Initiative


Piedmont/Habersham Turn Lane Project


Peachtree Road Phase III and IV


Charlie Loudermilk Park

Upcoming Events:

May – October
Chihuly in the Garden @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens

May – October
Summer Concert Series @ Chastain Park

June 25 – 8 p.m.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre

July 31
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brunch @ Charlie Loudermilk Park


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May 2016 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Park over GA400 Phase I Updates

Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) recently announced a new partnership with award-winning New York City-based ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers (Rogers Partners) for a Phase I design and vision plan for the Park over GA400.

The Rogers Partners team, which includes design partners Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), will begin work on a detailed schematic plan, funding strategy, engineering and management structure for a world-class park out of thin air. Rogers Partners will work with BCID to interview key stakeholders, analyze site conditions, develop preliminary project costs and produce site-specific concept graphics for use in pursuit of project funding.

BCID solicited proposals in January to further evaluate planning, design, engineering, costs and funding models of the concept of a Park over GA400 and the Buckhead MARTA station. The concept envisions creating up to nine acres of open space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core.

Park Over 400

To see the full press release and team, click here.


Request for Proposals for Livable Centers Initiative

Following the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) award of $112,000 to update its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), BCID released a Request for Proposals (RFP) that is due, Friday, May 27, 2016.

The ARC grant will allow BCID to update its 10-year community planning study in order to address the future vision of Buckhead and the multi-modal transportation opportunities to better connect residents to jobs and amenities amid intense development. BCID will hire consultants to gather extensive public input to significantly update the plan.

Since LCI began in 2000, 112 communities have received more than $197 million in planning and implementation grants. Please click here to see the LCI RFP.


Piedmont/Habersham Turn Lane Project

The Piedmont/Habersham intersection is scheduled to be completed soon. While this project has taken some time to complete, the benefits will have a positive effect on Buckhead traffic. Traffic flow will increase since both travel lanes will be fully utilized, removing the bottleneck that often occurs. Streetscaping plans are underway to plant trees this fall, making the section of road more pedestrian-friendly and visually appealing.


Peachtree Road Phase III and IV

Phase III of the Peachtree Road Transformation (Maple Drive to West Shadowlawn Avenue) is currently in the right of way acquisition phase, which should be complete by the end of this year. Construction contractor selection could take place by mid-2017. This project includes road widening to accommodate the addition of a left turn lane, a landscaped median and streetscape improvements.

Improvements to Peachtree between Shadowlawn and Pharr Road will be able to be pursued more quickly, as this will be funded entirely by the BCID and will not require right of way acquisition since it is not a road widening project. This is a road restriping project that will yield center left turn lanes and left turn traffic signals at appropriate intersections, as well as better streetscapes to make the corridor more walkable. There will be three south-bound travel lanes and two north-bound travel lanes in this stretch of Peachtree, but left-turning vehicles will no longer block through traffic. The goal is to have a construction contractor under contract by the end of 2016.

Georgia DOT continues to make progress advancing changes to Peachtree south of Pharr Road. We expect them to also have a construction contractor under contract by the end of 2016 so that both reaches of Peachtree may be addressed at the same time.


Charlie Loudermilk Park

LCI LogoSince its grand re-opening in the spring of April 2015, Charlie Loudermilk Park has been an outdoor haven for people to have lunch, meet up for an event or just get out of the office for a while.

On April 15, BCID approved the expenditure of funds for the forging of a John Portman designed sculpture entitled, “Aspiration,” which will be installed at the apex of the park. The BCID investment will be matched by Charlie Loudermilk.

The park also is available for special events. If interested, please contact Tony Peters at the Buckhead CID at 404-842-2691 or tony@livablebuckhead.org.

 

Also in this Issue:


Request for Proposals for Livable Centers Initiative


Piedmont/Habersham Turn Lane Project


Peachtree Road Phase III and IV


Charlie Loudermilk Park

Upcoming Events:

May – October
Chihuly in the Garden @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens

May – October
Summer Concert Series @ Chastain Park

June 25 – 8 p.m.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre

July 31
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brunch @ Charlie Loudermilk Park

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February 2016 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
BCID Receives $112,000 Grant to Update its Livable Centers Initiative Plan

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) has been awarded an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) grant for $112,000 to update its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The grant is part of almost $13 million awarded across metro Atlanta to 20 communities.The ARC grant will allow BCID to update the 15-year community planning study in order to address the generational divide around the future vision of Buckhead and the transportation capacity needed to better connect residents to jobs and amenities amid intense development. BCID will hire consultants to gather extensive public input to significantly update the plan.

The ARC awarded $800,000 in LCI study grants to nine metro Atlanta communities to help develop plans to create linked places, and $12 million in transportation funding to 11 other communities that have previously implemented completed LCI studies. The program is funded with federal transportation tax dollars, which provides up to 80 percent of funding, with recipients making at least a 20 percent match.

Since LCI began in 2000, 112 communities have received more than $197 million in planning and implementation grants.

Stay tuned for the RFP announcement and opportunities for public input. Read the official press release here.

 

The Atlanta Region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Awards Buckhead CID Two Transportation Grants

The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded the Buckhead CID two federal transportation grants to improve the safety and flow of Atlanta traffic through Buckhead. The official announcement was made on February 24.

The two projects include $640,000 for the BCID to conduct the engineering design to widen Piedmont Road between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road. The second is in the amount of $200,000 for a scoping study to determine what improvements can and should be made to Lenox Road between East Paces Ferry and Piedmont Road. The goal is to improve accessibility and relieve traffic congestion. BCID will also contribute funding to complete these studies that will initiate implementation of much needed projects.

East Paces Ferry Road Complete Street Project Update

E. Paces FerryThe East Paces Ferry Road Complete Street Project is a bicycle and pedestrian improvement project between the Gordon Bynum Pedestrian Bridge and Roxboro Road. It includes a multiuse trail, similar to what has been constructed for PATH400, which will be located on the south side of East Paces Ferry Road along the MARTA Lenox Station property. This project is a collaboration between BCID and Renew Atlanta to implement infrastructure bond projects within BCID boundaries. Plans are being refined now with input from the City of Atlanta.

A Gateway Park Over GA 400 – Proposals Received

The Buckhead CID released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Park Over GA 400 project on January 6, and received six responses on February 19. We intend to announce the winning team following our board meeting on April 6.

Gateway over Park

Learn more about the RFP here.

Roundabout at Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard – Proposals Received

The Buckhead CID received seven responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the roundabout project at the Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard intersection. The scope of work includes traffic analysis, a topographic survey, detailed construction plans and a construction cost estimate. We intend to announce the winning design firm following our board meeting on April 6.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

March – April
Atlanta Blooms @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens

May 7 – 10 – 6 p.m.
May 8 – 11 – 6 p.m.
Chastain Park Arts & Crafts Festival @ Chastain Park

June 25 – 8 p.m.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre

More BCID News

Atlanta Police Department Camera Program

Buckhead CID is aware of the uptick in crime around the area and is working with the Atlanta Police Department to put more cameras on the streets.
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BCID Staff Updates

Darion Dunn has joined BCID as director of capital improvements and planning.
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December 2015 E-Newsletter

Buckhead Community Improvement District
Park Over GA 400 – RFP to be Released

The Buckhead CID will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Park over GA 400 project in early January. The RFP will request detailed planning and concept design of the park. Those submitting proposals will be responsible for developing a detailed schematic plan, funding strategy and marketing materials for a world-class park.Parkover400picnewsletter

 

Learn more about the RFP here.

 

East Paces Ferry Road Complete Street Project Update

epacessnewsletterThe East Paces Ferry Road Complete Street Project is a bicycle and pedestrian improvement project between the Gordon Bynum Pedestrian Bridge and Roxboro Road. The project includes a multiuse trail or cycle track, which will be located on the south side of East Paces Ferry Road along the MARTA Lenox Station property. East Paces Ferry Road will be narrowed to provide adequate shoulder width for construction of a multiuse trail which will provide an important connection to PATH400 on the west side of the pedestrian bridge.

Get more details on the Complete Street Project here.


More Funding for 2016 Initiatives

The Atlanta Regional Commission has provisionally awarded the Buckhead CID two federal transportation grants to improve the safety and flow of Atlanta traffic through Buckhead. The two projects are included in the draft Transportation Improvements Program, currently in the public comment period. The first recommendation is for the Buckhead CID to conduct an engineering study to widen Piedmont Road between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road. The second recommendation is for a scoping study to determine what improvements can and should be made to Lenox Road between East Paces Ferry and Piedmont Road.

Learn about more 2016 initiatives here.


BCID’s Peachtree Corridor Improvement Plan Forges Ahead

Buckhead CID is working with Kimley-Horn and Associates to make operational, safety, sidewalk and beautification improvements where possible on Peachtree Road between Shadowlawn Ave. and the south border of the district.

Due to existing road constraints, this section will not be widened or contain bike lanes. The operational improvements will change vehicle lanes to include a two-way center left turn lane, three dedicated lanes southbound and two lanes northbound along with protected left turn bays at intersections. Phase II of this project will consist of streetscape changes to improve its appeal, accessibility, walkability and beautification.

See more here.

 

2015 Buckhead Holiday Driving & Shopping Hacks

Only eight days until Christmas. Will you be out shopping for the holidays? Let these driving and shopping hacks save you time and stress during this holiday season.

If you do not need to drive, MARTA is always a good option. Bring along a rolling cart or suitcase to easily hold all your purchases. MARTA will run a modified schedule for Christmas Eve and be open Christmas Day. More information is available on MARTA.

See additional options and scheduling and holiday hours here.

 

Charlie Loudermilk Park Update

The Buckhead CID re-opened Charlie Loudermilk Park in April, and the beautification continues with the recent addition of more than 200 engraved bricks around the patio near the clock tower. The Buckhead CID also has enhanced the facade of the clock tower and plans to add lighting, so the bells will be illuminated at nightfall – making the park even more inviting.

The last step in the park’s redesign will be the placement of a permanent piece of art; a newly designed abstract stainless steel art sculpture, designed by John Portman, which will sit at the park’s point overlooking Peachtree Street.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

December 18
8 p.m.
Abbey Road Live @ The Buckhead Theatre Now – December 24
Santa Clause @ Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square

December 31
8 p.m.
Buckhead’s New Year’s Eve Block Party @ East Andrew’s Entertainment District

December 31
9 p.m.
The Revivalists @ The Buckhead Theatre

Now – January 3
Macy’s Priscilla the Pink Pig Rides

Now – January 9
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights
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