We’re Excited About Shovels in the Ground: New Outdoor Spaces Taking Shape Across Midtown
By Brian Carr, Director of Marketing and Communications, Midtown Alliance
Maybe it’s just our dedicated staff of 40+ urban enthusiasts. But if you take a walk around Midtown Atlanta right now, how can you not feel energized by the sight of shovels going into the ground and the sound of hammers driving nails into 2x4s? Work continues on a range of public improvement projects in the spaces between buildings that will soon make Midtown an even more inviting place. A place where people can experience the best of their city in the open air, along tree-lined sidewalks that lead to colorful new discoveries. Here’s a quick update on what we’re working on today:
Commercial Row Commons Can Become a New Destination in Central Midtown
Construction continues at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place to build the new public plaza space fronting the Commercial Row buildings. Work on the site area west of Peachtree is nearing completion, with crews recently finishing hardscaping and landscaping. Later this summer, utilities will be buried, crews will hang temporary art installations from a catenary system above the plaza, and Willie Cole’s “Sole Sitter” sculpture will be installed on a prominent corner overlooking Peachtree Street.
Spring Street Parklets Creatively Add Open Space to Sit and Enjoy the City
Two parklets are taking shape along the west side of Spring Street between 8th Street and Peachtree Place. The parklets are expansions of sidewalk space into adjacent on-street parking spaces that were rendered inaccessible when the City of Atlanta implemented the protected bike lane last year. Midtown Green will oversee operations and maintenance of the parklets, and Midtown Alliance staff will schedule programming such as live music in the parklets that is free of charge and welcome for all to enjoy. Construction of the parklets is slated to be completed later this month. Learn more about them here.
North Avenue MARTA Plaza Enhancements Yield a Brighter Commute
Midtown Alliance is working with MARTA on upgrades to the West Peachtree plaza of the North Avenue Station. Crews are currently installing and painting benches and repairing the low granite walls. Next up will be building new box planters to replace the empty tree wells. Also, existing site furnishings (bollards, bike racks, handrails and lights) will be painted a “sunny tangerine” to add visual impact to the plaza. Midtown Alliance is working with MARTA on future programming ideas, such as live music and food trucks, to welcome transit riders and pedestrians back to the refurbished plaza.
The Midtown Art Walk Can Become One of ATL’s Most Instagrammable Places
Construction has kicked off on Midtown’s Art Walk, a pedestrian promenade that will be equal parts enhanced streetscape and linear park. Crews are pouring concrete for the first phase of the project from 10th to 11th Street, and this phase of construction will also include new landscaping, lighting, wayfinding elements, upgraded hardscape and colorful crosswalks. Upon completion, Art Walk will stretch five blocks between the Midtown MARTA Station and the Arts Center MARTA Station. Read more about Art Walk.
It is important to note that Midtown Alliance doesn’t own a square inch of dirt. These projects only happen because of committed partners that understand their unique role in creating an exceptional urban place. Securing commitments from partners is easier when your organization has a four-decade track record of collaboration to get important things done that add to the city’s overall quality of life. These outdoor spaces are all designed for the public’s enjoyment in mind, so keep a lookout for their completion and join us for live programming in the spaces to celebrate.
And if you like what you see happening on the ground this summer, wait until you see what comes next.
Stay up to date on the $47M in public improvement projects that we’re working on here.