Parks/Trails/Greenspaces An early vision of what the park might look like.

Published on September 6th, 2016 |

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Public presentation Wednesday on BCID’s vision for proposed park over GA 400

The Buckhead Community Improvement District is inviting its stakeholders and public to an unveiling of the design and a vision concept presentation for a projected $200 million bridge park over GA 400 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Buckhead Theatre.

The goal of the Sept. 7 meeting, according to the BCID announcement, “is to explain the project in detail and answer questions regarding this opportunity to bring a new attraction to Buckhead.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

The idea for the park over GA400 was announced in 2015, and has been moving forward with Rogers Partners’ design and vision plan and discussions within the board of directors of the BCID. It is anticipated that the plan will also be thoroughly discussed during the BCID’s board meeting the morning of Sept. 7.

The proposed park would stretch between the Buckhead MARTA rail station on Peachtree Road and the Lenox Loop road and would cover the MARTA rail tracks and station as well as the GA 400 roadway below, directly in the center of the major commercial district of Buckhead.

In his announcement of the Sept. 7 public information meeting, BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett, who has been driving this project forward for the past year, explained that the Rogers Partners team interviewed key stakeholders, analyzed site conditions, developed preliminary project costs and produced site-specific concept graphics for use in pursuit of project funding.

“The team has more phases of work to accomplish, but enough work has been completed to get a sense of what would be built, the order of magnitude of the costs to build and operate the park, and the sources of funding that would be required to pursue it,” Durrett said in his announcement.

The concept is envisioned to create a significant community gathering space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core. However, the thought among some on the board is that a new taxing and governmental structure likely will have to be developed to develop and administer it and likely would have to include surrounding Buckhead residential neighborhoods in addition to the commercial property owners.

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