Atlanta plans $200,000 study to help Turner Field neighborhoods
By David Pendered
Atlanta is poised to ask the ARC to help fund a $200,000 study intended to help guide the redevelopment of neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field.
The ARC would provide $160,000 and the city’s match of $40,000 would be provided by the city and by Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm, according to legislation that’s due to be adopted Monday by the Atlanta City Council.
An urban renewal plan for the neighborhoods could extend the impact of the planned redevelopment of the ballpark and the 77 acres associated with it. Mayor Kasim Reed said last week that Turner Field could be sold, “very soon,” according to a report in ajc.com.
The sort of development being considered for Turner Field is exemplified in the plan by Georgia State University. GSU has proposed a $300 million complex with stadiums for football and baseball, shops, dorms for students, and housing for non-students.
The legislation the council is slated to approve Monday speaks only to the issue of funding. It does not address the scope of the study being requested. Atlanta councilmembers Carla Smith, Cleta Winslow and Joyce Sheperd sponsored the legislation.
The legislation states that Atlanta should apply for some of the funding the Atlanta Regional Commission has announced is available through the ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative program.
Specifically, the legislation requests help with funding a study that would cost up to $200,000. The city would have to provide a match of 20 percent of whatever amount of LCI funding is provided.
The LCI program intends to help local entities enhance their existing centers and corridors. The ARC’s website says the organization has approved the use of $18 million for LCI study funds from 2000 through 2017.
Two separate LCI studies are now underway in the city of Atlanta – one to evaluate the improvement of transit stations in the southern end of downtown; one to study transportation in the Vine City/Washington Park area.
The applications for these two studies illustrate the granular details that are devised before the studies begin. The following snippets are from the two applications:
Title: Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements
- Sponsor: Atlanta Downtown Improvement District/Central Atlanta Progress;
- Description: “The Five Points and Garnett MARTA rail stations are important Downtown assets that enhance mobility and accessibility for all Downtown populations – workers, residents, visitors and students. However, the physical aesthetics and condition of the station structures, as well as the surrounding pedestrian environments are perceived by many as unsafe, poorly maintained, disconnected and unappealing…. The project will result in tactical urbanism style enhancements that improve perceptions, accessibility and connectivity of the stations while also creating a unique sense of place that is consistent with the character of each of the stations.”
Title: Vine City/Washington Park Supplemental Study for JE Lowery Boulevard
- Sponsor: City of Atlanta
- Cost: $40,000
- Description: “The transportation analysis/study will test and confirm the street cross-section recommended in the VCWP LCI: 6-foot sidewalks, 4-foot furniture zones, two 5-foot bike lanes and two 10-foot travel lanes. The intersection of JE Boone Boulevard and JE Lowery Boulevard will be analyzed to improve capacity, pedestrian mobility and turning movements, the realignment of the angled intersection and proposed reconfiguration of the JE Lowery Boulevard and Mayson Turner Road and its signalization will also be studied. Configuration and enhancement of bus stops and a wayfinding/dirextional/gateway sign plan will also be included.”