Parks/Trails/Greenspaces BCID, which helped facilitate the new MARTA bridge over GA 400 now is envisioning a 9-acre park between Peachtree and Lenox roads  in air rights over GA 400.

Published on March 11th, 2015 |

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BCID studying new Buckhead park over GA 400, MARTA

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) board is not known for letting moss grow under their feet when it comes to envisioning projects that can make the Buckhead business district a better place to work, live and play.

BCID, which helped facilitate the new MARTA bridge over GA 400 now is envisioning a 9-acre park between Peachtree and Lenox roads  in air rights over GA 400.

BCID, which helped facilitate the new MARTA bridge over GA 400 now is envisioning a 9-acre park between Peachtree and Lenox roads in air rights over GA 400.

At the BCID board meeting Feb. 24, these business leaders and the organization’s staff announced a plan to look into the feasibility of developing a new park where there currently isn’t even any land—about 9 acres of air rights above GA 400 and the MARTA rail station.

The BCID board voted unanimously to spend up to $10,000 to research the feasibility of building a park in the area between Lenox (Loop) and Peachtree roads in a prime location in Buckhead’s central business district. They are seeking grass under their feet in the near future.

The money will be used to research air rights for the property, build an economic model and to conduct a preliminary “fatal flaw” analysis to determine whether developing such a park is possible and feasible.

BCID board Chairman David Allman (left) and Executive Director Jim Durrett during the Feb. 24 board meeting.

BCID board Chairman David Allman (left) and Executive Director Jim Durrett during the Feb. 24 board meeting.

“Where else can you get a 9-acre park on Peachtree Road and next to MARTA,” asked BCID board chairman David Allman. “The location is unquestionably good. It’s a big ticket [item], but it’s a big vision.”

Allman said that a similar park in Dallas has a $3 million cost to it and has some income components.

Board member Robin Loudermilk said, “To buy 9 acres of private land is expensive.” That is why the board hopes to find out who owns the air rights and maybe get them to donate the use of those air rights for the park.

BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett had asked the board to authorize a budget of $49,500 for a study “fatal flaw” study of the concept, indicating he had already broached the idea with the Georgia Department of Transportation and MARTA.

But BCID board Vice Chairman John Lundeen suggested rather that the board authorize $10,000 to first determine who has title to the air rights, which might actually include one or companies of the present BCID board members.

Both Allman and board member Charles Ackerman own properties on both sides of GA 400 and may have owned the property that created GA 400 and the MARTA rail route.

In the end, Lundeen offered a motion to spend the initial $10,000 to do the title search and initial study of feasibility. The board passed that motion.

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    5 Responses to BCID studying new Buckhead park over GA 400, MARTA

    1. sherry says:

      I applaud the idea of a new “park.”
      The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) board is not known for letting moss grow under their feet when it comes to envisioning projects that can make the Buckhead business district a better place to work, live and play.
      Please notice that the district is “Business” first. Livable Buckhead will have a difficult time selling itself as such when it tears out trees and pours in more and more cars and fumes. Put together a focus group and you will learn that the congestion in Buckhead is deterring new potential buyers. Please STOP being lured by greed and calling yourself Livable Buckhead. START limiting the construction of high-rises with 3 cars per unit. Start constructing safe, wide bike and multiple passenger only lanes. Thank you.

      • John says:

        You’re absolutely right. There will be something like 100% addition of residents from 2013 to 2016. All this because of all the new residential developments. The current road already cannot handle all the cars, do they think it will get better when the # of cars DOUBLES?

        Buckhead has a big problem, the only east and west roads are peachtree and Lenox, and it is a problem that does not seem to have any possible solution.

        Adding 100% more residents will really cripple Buckhead. We need parks and better roads.

        A good example is East Paces Ferry Road NE, where it interescts with Boiling WAy NE and Fulton DR NE. Couldn’t it have been fixed during the development of BA and made it one intersection? What about now that the old Hifi Buys is being torn down and the Buckhead Bottle bar? That should be one intersection, not 2.

        • Yes! says:

          I’m never one to promote building more roads for the sake of capacity, but I absolutely agree Buckhead (and Atlanta in general) begs for better road connectivity. Buckhead Forest should connect Roswell and Piedmont and there should be more bridges that span over 400.

    2. Yes! says:

      Yes! Buckhead absolutely needs green space. Cap the highway! Maybe this will spur Atlanta to develop a similar project over the connector in Midtown.

    3. Janice says:

      This is a great idea and would dramatically improve the area. I also agree that the lack of green space and safe walking and biking is detering potential residents. Its not even safe to cross PT street from the St Regis to the new Buckhead Atlanta shops. Really puts off friends visiting for a long weekend shopping trip.

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