By David Pendered
Three years after no one offered to buy the old Atlanta Farmers Market, in southwest Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine is seeking a full analysis of what will be necessary to kindle redevelopment of the market parcel and adjacent neighborhoods.
The Georgia Building Authority put the 16.4-acre site on the auction block in 2012. No bids were submitted, and the State Properties Commission withdrew the property.
The BeltLine subsequently acquired the property. It’s located in an area named Murphy Crossing, at the intersection of Murphy Avenue and the Westside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
Now the BeltLine has issued a request for proposals for what it calls a, “jobs related economic feasibility study.” Proposals are due Nov. 13.
This is the overview of the desired outcomes:
- “The desired outcome of this solicitation is to establish an understanding, analysis and prioritized list of actions for the short, intermediate and long term activation of Murphy Crossing and other strategic sites in close proximity to include the framework for horizontal development and marketing of Murphy Crossing.
- “This engagement should culminate with a comprehensive and detailed set of deliverables that effectively communicates the methods and means of implementing the recommendations identified by the study.”
In order to achieve these outcomes, the RFP sets out five specific subjects the report is to cover:
- A data analysis of the area that’s to identify jobs skills of area residents; a feasibility study of a business campus that provides workforce housing; five case studies of comparable redevelopments and two case studies of unsuccessful models for redevelopment.
- A physical assessment of the site, with its 10 scenic old buildings and a shed; recommend zoning classifications; and map a street grid.
- Assess the infrastructure and provide models for long-term redevelopment and job creation.
- Examine other projects close to the site, such as the Westside Trail; and consider previous studies completed by groups including the Urban Land Institute, MARTA, and Georgia State University.
- Model and analyze the economic impact of the site’s redevelopment; recommend drivers to create jobs; and establish a “high level” marketing and communications plan for the site.
The Murphy Triangle area is the real thing when it comes to Atlanta’s old industrial structures.
The old structures represent the “greatest concentration of historic industrial buildings along the BeltLine,” according to the city’s description in a document on brownfield remediation in southwest Atlanta.
One warehouse, for example, was built in 1900. It’s located at 1100 Murphy Avenue, a short distance from the old farmers market. The warehouse covers 16,900 square feet, the land encompasses 0.38 acres, and the property is valued at $330,300, according to the Fulton County Tax Assessor.
These industrial uses weren’t always environmentally friendly. However, Atlanta has support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up about 40 acres of brownfields that have been identified in the Murphy Triangle area.
In addition to the Westside Trail, public projects planned in the general area include a mixed use development at MARTA’s Oakland City Station, and the redevelopment of Fort McPherson into a film studio, by Tyler Perry, and other potential development on 145 acres Perry did not purchase from the state.