Atlanta preparing to buy land to improve access to Peachtree Creek trail network

By David Pendered

Atlanta is making plans to buy a house and use its grounds to provide access to creek side trails the South Fork Conservancy has built alongside the South and North forks of Peachtree Creek. The city is willing to pay nearly $400,000 for the property.

Peachtree Creek, Confluence Trail

Atlanta is planning to buy a house and use its grounds to improve access to the trail network being built by the South Fork Conservancy. Photo from September 2016. Credit: David Pendered

The planned purchase continues Atlanta’s pattern of purchasing relative small parcels and leveraging them to provide access to trails. Last year, the city bought two tracts that are to provide access to the PATH400 Greenway Trail. PATH400 is a planned trail along the Ga. 400 corridor from North Buckhead to the planned Peachtree Creek spur trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The property that is to link with the Peachtree Creek trail system is located at 2177 Armand Road. The site is located south of Lindbergh Drive, between the I-85 overpass and Cheshire Bridge Road.

As such, the property is well positioned to provide access to a section of trail that leads to the confluence of the North and South forks of the creek. Currently, visitors park vehicles in front of occupied homes on the cul-de-sac at this end of Armand Road.

The trail system is being built by the not-for-profit South Fork Conservancy, which has been working on the project since 2010.

Evidently, the property is owned by The Conservation Fund. It could be that the fund owns adjacent property. The city’s legislation contemplates Atlanta purchasing 1.1 acres from The Conservation Fund at the address 2177 Armand Road.

Fulton County tax records do not show The Conservation Fund owning any property on Armand Drive.

Tax records show the property at the address measures 0.77 acres. Tax records also show that the property last changed hands in 2008. An Atlanta resident paid $229,999 to buy the property out of foreclosure.

Peachtree Creek, trail map

Planned projects in the Peachtree Creek trail system include: 1) Confluence Trail bridge, $950.,000; 2) Confluence bridge trailhead, $125,000; 3) Creek Walk connector, $650,000; 4) Meadow Loop renovation, $90,000; 5) Crosswalk at Lindbergh, $85,000; 6) Cheshire Bridge trailhead, $100,000. File/Credit: SFC

A report on zillow.com shows the property was sold Sept. 29, 2016 at a reported price of $320,000.

A report on realtor.com showed the property had been on the market 100 days. It sold for 14.67 percent less than the original asking price and was 31.63 percent less expensive than nearby properties.

Atlanta is willing to pay up to $399,853.27, according to the legislation. Funding for the purchase price and related costs are to come from the city’s Park Impact Fee North Fund. The Atlanta City Council is slated to vote on the proposal as early as March 6.

The city’s legislation states that the parks department intends to retain Park Pride, Inc. to design the trailhead and amenities at the park’s entrance.

The city’s legislation does not indicate the planned fate of the house.

Fulton County tax records indicate the brick ranch-style structure was built in 1959. The house is typical of its era, providing three bedrooms and two bathrooms in a total 1,336 square feet of space.

Here’s what the legislation says of the parcel:

  • “WHEREAS, The acquisition of 2177 Armand Rd NE will help the City of Atlanta achieve its Vision, Goals, Policies and Priorities set forth in the 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan; and
  • “WHEREAS, the acquisition of 1.1 acre parcel of land situated at 2177 Armand Road N.E., would connect creek side trails running along the banks of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek by providing a trailhead entrance to the forested preserve; and
  • “WHEREAS, access to the trails is currently restricted, due to this parcel’s proximity between City owned land and a fully used Nature trail….”

 

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.

2 replies
  1. Sally Sears says:

    David, Thanks for your keen attention. This hoped-for purchase is making the neighbors and the South Fork Conservancy very happy. The Lindridge Martin Manor neighbors are rubbing their hands in anticipation of planning what will make the most sense to do with the proposed property purchase.
    Best,
    Sally SearsReport

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  2. Burroughston Broch says:

    The City planning a purchase and the City doing it are two different things. Remember how long they took to get deeds to APS? And the “absolute deadline” on selling Underground was almost three weeks ago?
    I wonder if one of His Dishonor’s buddies is the owner of this property. Follow the money.Report

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