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Free Jazz Concert in Chastain Memorial Park on April 22

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Free Jazz Concert in Chastain Memorial Park on April 22

 

WHAT:
Atlanta City Council member Michael Bond, along with the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Chatt Hills Music will present a free live jazz concert in Chastain Memorial Park on Saturday, April 22 from 2 – 6 p.m., featuring performances by Julie Dexter and Joe Gransden.

This event is a part of the 40th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Neighborhood Jazz Series, which will take place throughout April and May at various City of Atlanta parks every Saturday and Sunday leading up to the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. This concert also is part of the 40 Days of Jazz events commemorating the Festival’s 40th anniversary.

WHO:
Joe Gransden is the soul of live jazz and Big Band. Clint Eastwood discovered his talent and describes Joe as “a young man with a classic voice and one hell of a trumpet player.” For information on Joe, visit http://www.joegransden.com/ or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Julie Dexter is a world-renowned, award-winning, British singer, songwriter, and producer, considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Caron Wheeler, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, Ledisi and more, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too. From jazz to world music, soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience. For information on Julie, visit http://juliedexter.com/ or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 22
2 – 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Chastain Park
135 W. Wieuca Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30342

Media Contact:
Maggie McDaniel, communications 21®
mmcdaniel@c21pr.com
404.814.1330

Sharon Goldmacher, communications 21®
sgoldmacher@c21pr.com
404.814.1330

 

Rogers Partners’ Presents Phase I Park Over GA400 Vision and Design

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Buckhead Community Improvement District Presents
Rogers Partners’ Phase I Park Over GA400 Vision and Design

Atlanta – Sep. 7, 2016 – Today, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) unveiled the initial vision and design concepts for a proposed world-class open space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core, right over GA400.  BCID Executive director, Jim Durrett, along with Robert M. Rogers, FAIA from ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers shared the innovative designs with the BCID board members at 7:30 a.m.

Initial designs for the Park Over GA400 would create a world class open space that would not only become a great community gathering place, but also help to further shape Buckhead’s identity – much like other iconic urban places, including Central Park, Millennium Park and Union Square.  These become “must see” stops when visiting a city or the backdrop to often photographed events and activities.

“Our goal today was to present initial concepts for a multi-phase design project to the board this morning and to the public later this afternoon to gain feedback on the concept.  We believe Buckhead residents, employees and visitors will truly benefit from the addition of a world class open space,” said Durrett. The public presentation will take place at The Buckhead Theatre from 5:30 – 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m.

The design for the Park Over GA400 makes strategic connections to enhance the life of the district, and is tailored to the undulating Piedmont topography, direct MARTA access and expands the commercial and cultural opportunities present in Buckhead today.  The initial design creates three distinct zones of programming:  The Commons, the Plaza and the Gardens.  Each zone is tailored to accommodate a range of activities and events. The nearly half-mile long park provides ample capacity for plazas, lawns, gardens, pavilions and more. A defining feature of the design includes an allée of high-canopied trees running the length of the park that blends with Atlanta’s urban forest canopy and creates broad shade and memorable open space from Lenox Road to Peachtree Street.

In order to develop this initial concept, 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. There are more phases of work to accomplish; this first step provides a sense of what can be built, the order of magnitude of the costs to build and operate the park, and the sources of funding that should be considered to pursue it.

September will be spent seeking and listening to feedback from the community about this opportunity.  Should the BCID board be encouraged by what is heard, they will vote on proceeding to the next phase of work, most likely at the October 5 board meeting. This work would focus on public outreach, preliminary engineering, engagement of key agency partners and continued efforts to strategize funding through both public and private entities.

“We are delighted to be working with the Buckhead CID to imagine a new inter-woven and inter-linked public realm, and truly feel we have struck the right balance with this initial design to make big change with artfully considered efforts. We see Buckhead leading a national progression to create value, enhance quality of life and improve connectivity by constructing inspired public spaces. This park will solve pedestrian crossings at Lenox Road, complete a key section of the Path400 Greenway Trail, enhance the iconic quality of Peachtree Street and act regionally and nationally to further distinguish Buckhead,” said Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, founding partner of Rogers Partners.

The Rogers Partners-led team includes design partners Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), multi-disciplinary design firm ASD | Sky; engineering professional services firm WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff; real estate experts HR&A Advisors; planning and design firm, Perez Planning and Design; structural engineers Guy Nordenson and Associates; architectural lighting designers Renfro Design Group; and sustainability experts Sherwood Design Engineers. Coxe Curry & Associates, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors and ETM Associates will oversee aspects of financing and operations for the project.

To see the presentation, click here.

 

About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks. For more information visit BCID or connect via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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Sharon Goldmacher, communications 21®
sgoldmacher@c21pr.com
404.814.1330

Buckhead Community Improvement District Announces Partnership with ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers for the Park over GA400 Design

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Buckhead Community Improvement District Announces Partnership with ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers for the Design of Park over GA400

Nationally-recognized cross-disciplinary design firm will work with BCID to conduct phase 1 of the Park over GA400 concept

Atlanta – April 19, 2016 – The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) announced at their April 15 board meeting a new partnership with award-winning New York City-based ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers (Rogers Partners) for the Park over GA400 design and vision plan. With this contract, BCID will work with Rogers Partners on the overall plan, not to exceed $250,000 for the first phase of work.

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. 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.

“We were impressed with all of the RFP responses, as well as the presentations from each of the three finalists, but Rogers Partners’ submission stood out. Selecting a firm to work on the next phase of the design of the Park over GA400 Park is a major step in having the plan come to fruition,” said Jim Durrett, executive director – BCID. “This idea began several years ago during the same planning exercise that gave rise to the PATH400 Greenway, currently under construction.  It took shape with the exceptional concept plan developed by Jacobs and Greenrock Partners. A signature Park over GA400 will significantly enhance and expand on-going efforts in Buckhead to add open space and public gathering opportunities.”

­­­­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 is envisioned to create up to nine acres of open space out of thin air in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core.

“We are delighted to be working with BCID to design an inter-woven and inter-linked public realm,” said Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, founding partner of Rogers Partners. “We see Buckhead leading a national effort to create value, enhance quality of life and improve connectivity by constructing inspired public spaces. The Park over GA400 is a unique opportunity to reimagine the nature of infrastructure in Atlanta.  This dynamic park will provide a collection of experiences, further activate Buckhead’s thriving urban center and celebrate its singular identity. This is what makes this project so exciting.”

In addition to NBW, the Rogers Partners-led team brings together multi-disciplinary design firm ASD | Sky; engineering professional services firm WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff; real estate experts HR&A Advisors; planning and design firm, Perez Planning and Design; structural engineers Guy Nordenson and Associates; architectural lighting designers Renfro Design Group; and sustainability experts Sherwood Design Engineers. Coxe Curry & Associates, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors and ETM Associates will oversee aspects of financing and operations for the project.

“The GA400 project represents an exciting moment in the innovation of public space,” remarked Thomas Woltz, FASLA, PLA, NZILA, principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. “Our firm is thrilled and honored to have been selected along with Rogers Partners to envision this new urban park for the citizens of Atlanta.”

About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks.    BCID or connect via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

Based in New York City, ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers (Rogers Partners) is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary studio nationally recognized for designing provocative and transformative public spaces. Rogers Partners creates regenerative 21st-century environments where architecture, landscapes, and urban spaces converge.

The firm’s projects have won more than 60 design and industry awards and have been presented in prestigious exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Recently completed projects include the Henderson-Hopkins School in Baltimore, Maryland; the SandRidge Energy Commons corporate campus in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the new headquarters for international advertising firm Droga5 in New York, New York. Current projects include the redesign of both Constitution Gardens on the National Mall and President’s Park South in Washington, D.C.; the New St. Pete Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida; the Syracuse University Energy Campus in Syracuse, New York; and the Water Works Signature Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Founded in 1985, Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) is a 40-person landscape architecture firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York City. Committed to education and conservation, the firm has been involved in a broad array of public and private projects including botanic gardens and zoos, public parks, private gardens and estates, academic institutions, corporate campuses and town planning.

The firm’s work has garnered over 80 national and regional awards and has been widely published. Current projects include Hudson Yards in Manhattan Memorial Park in Houston (Texas), Centennial Park in Nashville (Tennessee), Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Cornwall Park in Auckland (New Zealand), Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton (Canada), and Brooklyn Navy Yard Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape (New York). The work of the firm has been featured in numerous national and international publications and is the subject of a recently released monograph published by Princeton Architectural Press.

 

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Jaclyn McDougal, communications 21®
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(404) 814-1330

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

 

 

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

Grant is one of almost $13 million provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission to improve Atlanta vibrancy and connectivity

Atlanta – February 9, 2016 – The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) today announced it 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 nine 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.

“Grants and community planning studies help us to not only properly plan, but also formulate the appropriate communication strategies to share with stakeholders, businesses and residents of Buckhead,” said Jim Durrett, BCID executive director. “Updating the LCI will have a high degree of public participation so everyone understands the opportunities we have to make changes that can improve the quality of this important place.”

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

Since LCI began in 2000, 112 communities have received more than $197 million in planning and implementation grants. LCI communities cover less than four percent of the region’s land area, but contain seven percent of its recent residential development, 29 percent of its recent commercial development and 69 percent of its recent office development.

About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks.  For more information visit BCID or connect via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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Jaclyn McDougal, communications 21®
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(404) 814-1330

RFP Released for Design of Roundabout

The Request for Proposals was issued on January 25th, 2016.

Click here for the RFP.

Click here for the Appendix.

In 2015, the Buckhead CID hired consultants to study the traffic impacts of new development around the intersection of Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard where traffic regularly backs up every rush hour. The goal was to identify possible traffic and safety improvements for drivers and alternative travel modes.

The results of this analysis included recommendations for improvements to roadway turning movements, the intersection design of Wieuca Road at Phipps Boulevard and improved pedestrian crosswalks.

The implementation of the project will be dependent on project support from the Buckhead community and the City of Atlanta. Funding will come from the CID and possibly from the City of Atlanta’s infrastructure bond program and private developers.

Click here to read the report.

Buckhead CID Issues RFP for Park over GA 400 Project

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Buckhead CID Issues RFP for Park over GA 400 Project

Atlanta – January 6, 2016 – The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Park over GA 400 project. Submissions are due no later than 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016.

Please click here for the full RFP process.

The RFP is for detailed planning and concept design of the park over GA 400 and the Buckhead MARTA Station. Those submitting proposals will be responsible for developing a detailed schematic plan, funding strategy and marketing materials for a world-class park, including programming and operations recommendations.

“Issuing this RFP is the next phase in our effort to examine the viability of creating a nine-plus acre park over GA 400 and MARTA’s Buckhead Station,” said Jim Durrett, BCID executive director. “This study began with the BCID’s interest to improve and create parks and open space in the Buckhead area. A signature park over GA 400 will significantly enhance and expand on-going efforts by providing an opportunity for a great urban park where open space is simply not available.”

Questions regarding proposals should be directed to Tony Peters, BCID program manager at tpeters@buckheadcid.com no later than 2:00 p.m., January 29, 2016.

The initial Park over GA 400 concept report can be found here.

About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks. For more information visit BCID or connect via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Media contact:
Jaclyn McDougal, communications 21®
jmcdougal@c21pr.com
(404) 814-1330

Dreading Buckhead Holiday Traffic? Have No Fear.

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Buckhead CID Holiday Traffic Officer Program Kicks Off on Black Friday – November 27.

ATLANTA – November 19, 2015 – The 2015 Buckhead Community Improvement District’s (CID) Holiday Traffic Officer Program has commenced for the shopping season. Created in an effort to help alleviate holiday traffic in the Buckhead area, the Buckhead CID funds and manages the deployment of additional off-duty Atlanta Police Department (APD) traffic officers in key congested locations.

The holiday traffic officer program, now in its fourth year, focuses on helping traffic move more efficiently during peak rush hour times by keeping the intersections clear when drivers are entering or exiting shopping malls, offices or retail developments.

“We want to do our part to help residents and visitors coming to Buckhead’s shops, restaurants and hotels have a pleasant and memorable experience,” said Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID executive director. “We don’t want the additional holiday traffic to be a deterrent to guests enjoying what Buckhead has to offer during the holiday season.”

Officers will be posted at road intersections that correlate to Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, and also will include:

  • Peachtree Road at Lenox Road
  • Peachtree Road at Monarch Centre/Lenox Mall Entrance
  • Peachtree at Lenox Parkway
  • Lenox Road at Kingsboro Road/Lenox Mall Entrance
  • Lenox Road at E. Paces Ferry Road*
  • Lenox Road at Wright Avenue
  • Peachtree Road at Stratford Drive
  • Peachtree at Oak Valley*
  • GA 400 at Buckhead Loop/Lenox Road*

* = locations not covered on certain dates – see schedule below

This year’s holiday traffic officer schedule will be:

DAY DATES TIMES
Friday November 27 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday* November 28* 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday December 3 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday December 4 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday* December 5* 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday December 10 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday December 11 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday December 12 Noon to 8 p.m.
Wednesday December 16 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday December 17 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday December 18 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday December 19 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday December 20 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday December 21 3 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday December 22 3 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday December 23 3 to 9 p.m.
Thursday* December 24* Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday December 26 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks.

Media Contact:
Jamie Donaldson, communications 21®
jdonaldson@c21pr.com
(404) 814-1330

Press Release – Charlie Loudermilk Park Trees

The following press release concerns the state of the trees in Charlie Loudermilk Park.

 

Charlie Loudermilk Park Dead Tree Removal

Dreading Buckhead Holiday Traffic? Have No Fear. Buckhead CID Holiday Traffic Officer Program is in Full Swing

ATLANTA – December 8, 2014 – The 2014 Buckhead Community Improvement District’s (CID) Holiday Traffic Officer Program has commenced for the shopping season. Created in an effort to help alleviate holiday traffic in the Buckhead area, the Buckhead CID funds and manages the deployment of additional off-duty Atlanta Police Department (APD) traffic officers in key congested locations.

The holiday traffic officer program, which first launched in 2011, focuses on helping traffic move more efficiently during peak rush hour times by keeping the intersections clear when drivers are entering or exiting shopping malls, offices or retail developments.

"We want to do our part to help residents and visitors coming to Buckhead’s shops, restaurants and hotels have a pleasant and memorable experience," said Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID executive director. "We don’t want the additional holiday traffic to be a deterrent to guests enjoying what Buckhead has to offer during the holiday season."

Officers will be posted at road intersections that correlate to Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, and also will include:

  • Peachtree Road at Lenox Road
  • Peachtree Road at Monarch Centre/Lenox Mall Entrance
  • Peachtree at Lenox Parkway
  • Lenox Road at Kingsboro Road/Lenox Mall Entrance
  • Lenox Road at E. Paces Ferry Road*
  • Lenox Road at Wright Avenue
  • Peachtree Road at Stratford Drive
  • Peachtree at Oak Valley*
  • GA 400 at Buckhead Loop/Lenox Road*

* = locations not covered on certain dates – see schedule below

This year’s holiday traffic officer schedule will be:

DAY DATES TIMES
Thursday December 11 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday December 12 4 – 7 p.m.
Saturday December 13 2 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday December 17 4 – 7 p.m.
Thursday December 18 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday December 19 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday December 20 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday December 21 2 – 8 p.m.
Monday December 22 3 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday December 23 3 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday* December 24 12 – 5 p.m.
Friday December 26 12 – 7 p.m.

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Buckhead CID Issues Request for Qualifications to Improve the Intersection of Wieuca at Phipps Boulevard

Atlanta, Ga. – November 20, 2014 – The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) is requesting qualifications from transportation and traffic engineering firms for a traffic analysis study around three proposed Buckhead developments on the south side of Phipps Boulevard at Wieuca.

This study will require traffic projections for the proposed developments, analysis of background traffic and projected impacts of future traffic for 2015 through 2025. In addition, the study should address opportunities and constraints to implementing pedestrian connectivity, as well as potential future small-scale transit connectivity. Findings for the study should include a traffic analysis report, alternative project identification and analysis, preferred project selection, concept layout and cost estimating.

“The growth in Buckhead is exciting, but it’s important we understand the traffic impact of new developments,” said Jim Durrett, executive director – BCID. “Studies like this one help us to not only properly plan, but also formulate the appropriate communication strategies to share with stakeholders, businesses and residents of Buckhead.”

Companies interested in submitting a response package must do so by stating their intent to Brian McHugh at bmchugh@buckheadcid.com by December 1, 2014. The email must contain the firm’s contact information. Submitted qualifications should focus on the firm’s approach to the required study and not a complete scope of work. Packages are due December 12 by 5 p.m. EST, and interviews will be conducted with a select number of firms in December. To access the RFQ, please click here.

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About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks.

For more information on the RFQ, contact:
Brian McHugh, Buckhead CID Director of Transportation and Planning
bmchugh@buckheadcid.com
404-842-2686

Media contact:
Meigan Brennaman, communications 21®
mbrennaman@c21pr.com
(404) 814-1330