Blueprint to guide rebirth of neighborhoods SW of Turner Field

By David Pendered

Atlanta is hosting a meeting Monday with proponents interested in devising a community blueprint for the neighborhoods south and west of Turner Field. The project is on the fast track: Proposals are due May 22.

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The Adair Park neighborhood in southwest Atlanta is to be evaluated for potential redevelopment as part of the Forward blueprint process. Credit: adairpark.com

The city’s notion is to leverage redevelopment efforts in these neighborhoods off the work planned for Fort McPherson and Turner Field.

Fort McPherson is to be redeveloped by Tyler Perry into a film studio, office space and related support amenities. Turner Field is to be redeveloped into a mixed use development and those details are still being negotiated by neighborhood leaders and representatives of Georgia State University.

The scope of work for a project named, “Forward: A Neighborhood Bluprint Plan,” involves all of Council District 12, represented by Councilmember Joyce Sheperd. The project is under the purview of the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development and Sheperd is not mentioned in the request for proposals.

The neighborhoods cited in the RFP include Adair Park, Sylvan Hills, Capitol View, and Capitol Hill Manor.

Redevelopment in these neighborhoods was starting to appear during the real estate boom of the early 2000s. Efforts stalled and have yet to pick up speed.

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Major crimes are down by 11 percent in neighborhoods that are to evaluated for redevelopment options, according to a management report of crimes by Atlanta Police Department. The figures compare the first 12 weeks of 2017 with the comparable period last year. Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Crime stats maintained by Atlanta police for its management purposes show the rate of the eight major crimes is down 11 percent in Zone 3, which includes these some or all of these neighborhoods. The 11 percent decreases is based on a comparison of recorded crimes committed in the first 12 weeks of 2017 with the same period of 2016.

Decreases were recorded in six categories: murder; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; larceny, other; auto theft.

Increases were recorded in two categories: rape; larceny from auto.

Arrests for narcotics surged by 69 percent during the reporting period – from 128 to 216. The number of complaints filed with APD’s Office of Professional Standards remained the same during the reporting period, at 24.

The vision for, “Forward: A Neighborhood Blueprint Plan” is ambitious. The statement reads:

  • “Forward represents the collective vision, goals, and policies of the neighborhoods of Adair Park, Sylvan Hills, Capitol View, and Capitol View Manor. The Blueprint will capture the unique history of the neighborhoods, catalogue community’s assets as well as challenges, and identify catalytic sites and projects to spur redevelopment within the study area. Forward will specifically outline strategies to leverage development activity in nearby Fort McPherson and Turner Field and commercial redevelopment opportunities along Metropolitan Parkway. More importantly, the plan should assist the effected communities in expressing a vision that will establish a quality of growth consistent with the existing character of the neighborhood.”

Terms of the RFP call for the blueprint to produce five deliverables:

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Atlanta intends to hire a company to determine potential redevelopment plans for a portion of Council District 12. The general boundaries are outlined in red. Credit: Google Earth, David Pendered

  1. Summaries of the process used to create the blueprint, including a description of the public participation process that was used to, “achieve a community-supported program of improvements.”
  2. A summary of existing conditions, such as exisiting land use, housing stock and age-friendly components.
  3. A market/feasibility analysis.
  4. Recommended development concepts, including the vision, goals and policies devised for the area.
  5. An implementation strategy that could include the creation of a community improvement district (CID), which would allow commercial landowners to agree to pay a higher tax rate to pay for upgrades to roads, sidewalks and other public amenities, or the creation of a tax allocation district (TAD), which would use higher taxes collected on new developments to pay for the amenities contemplated in a CID.

 

 

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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