The organizations behindBUCKHEAD REdeFINEDhave 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.
On 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 annualAtlanta 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 clickinghere.
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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. TheGeorgia Department of Transportationalso 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 forOperation Shieldwithin 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!
If 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