East Lake MARTA Redevelopment – Request for Stakeholder Feedback on Concepts

MARTA and the cities of Decatur and Atlanta have been soliciting feedback from stakeholders, regarding the development around and within the East Lake MARTA Station for over two months.  Now it’s time to showcase their ideas and get your feedback!   Take the survey HERE and see the proposed concepts.

Here’s the blurb on The Decatur Minute

The stakeholders of three different municipalities, one transit system, and a variety of businesses and environmental interest groups have come together to develop a vision for the place they share – the East Lake MARTA Station.  Your input over the last two months and six events generated several concept diagrams for the East Lake MARTA Station study area. Now’s the time to share, once again, your feedback on each of the concepts for the north parking lot, the south parking lot, potential future AT&T redevelopment, and street improvements for East Lake Drive, College Avenue, and Park Place.  You’ll want to allow 15-20 minutes to complete the survey that can be found here, http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4037001/ELMConcepts.

Whatcha all think?  The actual redevelopment isn’t expected to begin for another 3-5 years, as MARTA works to complete development at other stations around Atlanta.

Check Out the Site Plan For the New Bank of America Property Development

Decaturish has a summary of the property owner’s plan to build a 232 unit mixed use development at the current Bank of America site at the corner of Church Street and Commerce Ave.

The site plan above, from the city commission agenda for tonight’s meeting, give a sense of how new buildings will be situated on the lot.

The developer is requesting a lifecycle density bonus, hence it’s appearance on the commission’s agenda.  The Planning Commission has already approved the plan that would add 29 lifecycle dwellings to the property in exchange for an allowance of additional density at the site.

Bank of America Property Redevelopment Moving Forward

This almost happened back in 2012.  Now it sounds like it’s finally going to get off the ground.

From the latest issue of the Decatur Focus

Plans are moving forward for the redevelopment of the Bank of America site in Decatur. This critical gateway to downtown will include a new, smaller building for Bank of America, and residential and retail uses fronting Clairemont, Commerce and Church Street. Parking for the project will be underground and the developer is contributing property along Commerce Drive to allow for the extension of the planned bicycle track and wider sidewalks.

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Apartment Plans Submitted for Part of Former DeVry Campus

Decaturish reported back on March 1st that Enfold Properties has submitted plans to build 101 apartments on a piece of the land that was formerly the DeVry Campus along North Arcadia Avenue at Winn Way.

The plans call for a mix of 75% one-bedroom and 25% two-bedroom apartments, according to the site.

The plan doesn’t need to go before the City Commission because it reportedly fits within the current zoning of the site – mixed use transit subarea.  However, the plans have yet to be finalized by the city’s development office, and no permits have been issued as of yet, according to City Planning Director Amanda Threadgill.  So it’s still a bit of a way off!

The DeVry property was annexed into the city limits back in 2009 with plans of a large mixed use development. However, those plans never materialized and the property is now prodeomently used as a Veteran’s Affairs Clinic.

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Callaway Site Trees Being Removed This Week; Replanting of 137 Trees Planned

From the Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur website…

As discussed previously in this forum, the Callaway site redevelopment plan — in particular the planned W. Trinity cycle track, together with the relocation of a major Georgia Power underground power line — will require the removal of existing street trees along W. Trinity Place.

Though an unfortunate requirement for the project to proceed, each tree lost will be replaced during redevelopment as part of tree plantings across the site.

Decatur’s Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance, which stabilized the city’s overall canopy percentage at 45% and now fosters equal or greater coverage city-wide for the years ahead, requires developers to submit and abide by a full canopy replacement plan.

That plan will result in the planting of 137 native trees that range in height from 10’ to 15’ at planting with increasing height and shade in the years ahead. Featured species will include Oaks, Elms, Hornbeams, Dogwoods, Hemlocks, and Cedars, among others. All are scheduled to be planted directly on the Callaway property and, despite existing site trees such as these scheduled to be lost to construction, will result in a net downtown gain of roughly a hundred trees, as well as increased downtown canopy over time.

Furthermore, earlier this month, the city successfully transplanted four healthy trees from this site to the Decatur Housing Authority property across Commerce Drive.
The impact

The work is scheduled to begin as early as Tuesday, March 14, and last a few days.
How to manage

There will be a lane closing on the eastbound side of W. Trinity Place between Commerce and McDonough but traffic will continue to be accommodated. Pedestrians should use the north side of the street. Bicyclists should take an alternate route.

Sprouts Farmer’s Market Now Open at Decatur Crossing

Decaturites now have a new grocery store option close by!

The AJC is reporting that Sprouts Farmer’s Market is now open just outside Decatur in the Decatur Crossing development.

Report: Decatur Post Office Isn’t Going Anywhere

After years of swirling rumors that the Decatur Post Office might one day soon leave it’s prime location at the edge of downtown Decatur, we come to hear that the USPS isn’t going anywhere.

Decaturish is reporting that the United States Postal Service bought the building it occupies at 520 West Ponce de Leon Ave at the end of 2016 and plans to stay put for the foreseeable future.

Some may remember that before the Post Office, the site was home to the city’s Ponce de Leon School.

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