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MARTA, Columbia Ventures Receive Innovative Development Award For Edgewood/Candler Park Transit-Oriented Development

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MARTA and Columbia Ventures, LLC, have received the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) 2022 Regional Excellence Award for Innovative Development for the Edgewood/Candler Park transit-oriented development (TOD).

The ARC Regional Excellence Awards honor visionary projects that improve quality of life, transit accessibility, housing affordability, and economic development, while advancing social equity and community resiliency in metro Atlanta. In recognizing the Edgewood/Candler Park TOD as an innovative development, the ARC called the TOD a “vibrant, mixed-use community, created out of a former parking lot,” and noted that it “demonstrates how collaborative planning, bold ideas, and stellar execution can transform a community.”

“This award recognizes and celebrates MARTA’s ongoing efforts to repurpose underused space on our properties and Edgewood/Candler Park TOD is a perfect example of how developing near transit can transform and enrich a community,” said MARTA General Manager & CEO Collie Greenwood. “We are grateful to ARC, Columbia Ventures, Invest Atlanta, and the many partners who collaborated to create a TOD that fulfills MARTA’s affordable housing commitment, generates ridership, and promotes a sustainable, affordable, and growing future for the people of this region.”

Since its groundbreaking in 2016, the 6.4-acre Edgewood/Candler Park TOD has become home to the Spoke and Quill apartment communities, including 20 percent affordable housing units, Moving in the Spirit, a creative youth development program, office space, several retail businesses, and a small park. The final phase of the three-phase development features a new parking deck for MARTA customers and TOD residents and patrons, a redesigned bus loop that can accommodate standard and articulated buses, and two art pieces commissioned by MARTA’s public art program Artbound: The Great Migration by Deedee Morrison (Deedee Morrison Sculpture) and The Unseen by Christina Kwan (Christina Kwan (christinakwanart.com)).

“MARTA appreciates our partners’ dedication and shared vision of this development,” said MARTA Director of Transit-Oriented Development Debbie Frank. “Just a few short years ago, this was an underused space and now it’s a vibrant, amenity-rich community with affordable housing close to transit. We are thrilled to share this award with our development partner Columbia Ventures and honored by this recognition.”

To view time lapse video of the Edgewood/Candler Park TOD construction visit Grand Opening of Edgewood-Candler Park Transit-Oriented Development – YouTube

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