September 2017 – BUCKHEAD REdeFINED Update ׀ Park Over GA400 ׀ BCID Project Updates

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Buckhead Community Improvement District
Buckhead REdeFINED Report

After several public meetings and workshops, BUCKHEAD REdeFINED took the community’s feedback on potential plans and projects and compiled it as an executive summary. The summary includes SIX BIG IDEAS, which are each reinforced by a series of implementable strategies, programs and actions.Here’s a summary of each idea!

  1. Develop a district-wide multi-use trail to connect and celebrate the area history and culture.
  2. Activate and enliven a continuous network of streets and destinations.
  3. Enhance mobility to and from GA400 and beyond.
  4. Foster a distinctive Buckhead identity along Lenox Road.
  5. Diversify housing opportunities.
  6. Define the civic heart of the community through parks and greenspace.

Moving Forward:

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Buckhead CID, along with Livable Buckhead, Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Business Association and the Buckhead Rotary, will work together to implement long- and short-term projects to enhance the area’s livability, mobility and vitality.

The Buckhead CID will be pursuing projects that are consistent with the Six Big Ideas found in the Buckhead REdeFINED master plan. In the short-term, the Buckhead CID will advance the Lenox Road Complete Street project, which will provide pedestrian and bicycle access from Piedmont Road to East Paces Ferry Road. The BCID will also launch the scoping study to assess the feasibility of a new GA400 interchange. Lastly, the BCID will study the Piedmont Road corridor, from Peachtree Road to the Buford Connector, to determine solutions that will create a safer, more walkable environment.

To read the full summary, click here.

Park Over GA400

The park over GA400 is coming along. On July 26, the Buckhead CID, in conjunction with ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers, released an updated timeline, added project renderings and a new 360-degree immersive video rendering rendering of Buckhead’s world class linear public park that will be created out of thin air over a half-mile section of Georgia 400 Highway (GA400).

Now, the Buckhead CID will take the next four months – through December 2017 – to work with project partners to develop a detailed plan to name the park, create a nonprofit organization to manage construction and operations, and prepare for the design, engineering and permitting phase, planned to begin in January 2018. “Ground-making” for the project is planned for 2020 and the park is projected to open by 2022, and be fully operational by 2023, significantly reducing previous timelines by 12 to 24 months.

The project also earned a merit award for the 2017 AIANY Design Awards.


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Lenox Road Scoping Study Meeting

On September 6, the Buckhead CID held a public information open house for community members to review the plans of the Lenox Road scoping study and ask questions.

This project received funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to assist the Buckhead CID in determining the feasibility of pedestrian, bicycle and roadway improvements on Lenox Road starting at the Lenox MARTA Station and heading to Piedmont Road. The intent is to explore how best to improve the function and appearance of Lenox Road for all current and future users of this corridor. Work began in October 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2017.

Phipps at Wieuca Road Boulevard

The Buckhead CID is working with the City of Atlanta and stakeholders to finalize a conceptual design for the Phipps at Wieuca Road Boulevard roundabout. This design will best satisfy the project goals of creating a safer intersection that is accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

The Buckhead CID recently held two public information meetings regarding the project. On June 7, the CID and the Renew Atlanta Bond team gave a presentation about the project’s goals and plans during a public information meeting.

Click here to view the presentation.

Charlie Loudermilk Shade Structure

Charlie Loudermilk’s newest addition will be a shade sail system, which resembles a ship’s sail, to shade the pavilion area of the park. The City of Atlanta has approved the design of the shade system and the Buckhead CID expects construction to begin by the end of September.
 

In the News
Buckhead Ga. 400 park deemed viable, moving forward

Vision for park over Georgia 400

At Buckhead’s Charlie Loudermilk Park, Portman-designed sculpture is ready

Buckhead visioning study calls for cheaper housing, public art, another new trail

Events

PARK (ing) Day
September 15
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lenox Square – Front 3393 Peachtree Rd.

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