Following 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
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
BCID’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
The 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
The 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.