Published on March 3rd, 2016 |4
CID takes actions to finish Loudermilk Park, review ‘sky’ park proposal
Charlie Loudermilk Park, opened last year at the intersection of Peachtree and Roswell roads following a total redesign, is still getting some finishing touches while awaiting the major addition of a piece of sculpture at its focal point.
CID Executive Director Jim Durrett reported to the board that he is about to conclude negotiations with Charlie Loudermilk and architect John Portman to get a sculpture placed in the park.
He said he has a small model of the sculpture and is working on getting a cost for forging the sculpture. Some work will need to be done in the park to prepare it for the sculpture. And some final negotiating apparently is needed to make this a reality.
Meanwhile, lighting has been installed in the top of the bell tower at the north end of the park and some paint touch-up is being done to some elements.
BuckheadView recently received several inquiries as to why the street lights around the park have been dark at night. Apparently it has been part of an ongoing negotiation as to who pays the power bill for the lights–the CID or city of Atlanta.
Tony Peters of the CID staff met with Georgia Power on site recently to start the process of getting an account set up for the lights, which would be followed by a 30-day burn. When the 30-fday burn is complete, the city will then inspect and approve and the city will then take back over maintenance of the lights and the power bill.
Thanks to Dist. 7 City Councilman Howard Shook, BuckheadView readers are no longer in the dark about why the park has been dark.
Turning to a more complex park situation, Durrett reported that a subcommittee of the board is reviewing proposals from six design firms related to the vision of building an almost 10-acre park in the air space over GA 400 and the Buckhead MARTA rail station that would stretch from Peachtree to Lenox roads.
In January, the board decided to issue a request for proposals for park designs and cost estimates. “We had six outstanding teams [submit]…They absolutely understand the project,” said Durrett.
But Thad Ellis, senior vice president at Cousins Properties and a member of the review subcommittee, voiced another opinion. Ellis said a couple of the proposals are just a “fancy regurgitation” of items in the CID request, while another stood out as “fantastic.”
At the CID’s April meeting, the firm selected by the subcommittee will be presented to the full board, including its technical qualifications and their estimated costs. At that time the board may vote to move forward to the next step, or put the concept on the shelf for now.
At the March 2 meeting, Durrett did not reveal the names of any bidders and refused to give board members any indication of the price tags the firms put on the concept.
“I don’t want to have a discussion of costs to influence anybody’s decision,” Durrett said.