|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.
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.
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
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.
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.