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Add bike lanes or PATH-type trail to connect East Lake Station to Oakhurst District.

Also...it would be smart to plan for connectivity to Pullman Yards Development - bike & walking path

24 supporters

I agree. Where the Stone Mountain Path crosses Dekalb, it should fork under the Rocky Ford bridge to the south side of the tracks as well and follow them to the Pullman Trail which easily connects south... Read more...

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@Taylor, City of Atlanta has a project to extend the Stone Mtn Trail west along DeKalb to Inman Park/Renyoldstown Station. http://renewatlantabond.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RenewATL_DeKalb-Avenue-Public-Meeting2-Information-Packet.pdf

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Please take this suggestion to the powers that be. Make this development CARLESS. Just Increase the existing number of Zip Cars and relay bike stations. This environmental tour de force will draw recognition... Read more...

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Monday 4/16/2018 6:00PM Work Session of Decatur City Council on East Lake MARTA Station Livable Centers Initiative. Engaged citizens need to attend

Change the station name to Kirkwood/Oakhurst

Agreed. These neighborhoods are associated with restaurants and retail

3 supporters

but local retail could go under if new retail is part of the big development that's planned.

4 supporters

I think local retail is strong. By renaming the station, more people would be attracted to Oakhurst/Kirkwood, especially if the station itself becomes a destination, by means of shops/restaurants.

7 supporters

I would consider Lake Claire too, except few people are familiar with it, and it isn't really a commercial destination.

1 supporter

Adding Oakhurst/Kirkwood to the name (or local attractions) sounds great, but I wouldn't want to see East Lake removed. I live in EL near the 2nd and Hosea re-development, and I walk or take the bus to... Read more...

Small convenience store/bodega/grocer (only similar store in highlighted area is Oakhurst Market)

A small market would be great, but I would favor something more comprehensive like Baby Kroger in Decatur than a neighborhood bodega concept similar to Oakhurst or Candler Park Markets.

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I agree. CPM and OM are priced higher due to convenience. We need something that all income levels can afford.

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Yes on comprehensive and yes on affordable! My ideal use case: I take the train home from work. My wife texts me on the way to pick up milk and some meat for dinner. I grab what I need at the station... Read more...

14 supporters

Yes! This is the perfect idea of what a TOD can be. Allows riders to run errands after getting off transit, but before leaving the station.

7 supporters

I support any idea for a grocer with convenience items weather local or a mini chain. I do feel the pricing on the grocery should accommodate all income levels.

4 supporters

I wonder if we could get an "outpost" of dekalb Farmer's market at the station?

7 supporters

At the last meeting one of the speakers dicussed that there is currently enough exisiting retail in the area. It sounds as though additional retail space going to happen.

Bike lanes that encourage people to ride out to the current farmers market would be good. It is a very short ride and everyone seems to be in favor of new bike lanes.

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Thanks for your comments. Your feedback is vital to the planning process. MARTA and the Cities of Decatur and Atlanta are very appreciative of your suggestions.

2 supporters

Please avoid large chains and franchise businesses. Any major chains will be unwelcome by locals! They will drive out local shops! Make sure that the businesses accepted here are locally owned and operated... Read more...

Extend green line service during weekday rush hour

Yes! I drive to Candler Park station because there are two trains stopping there. I used to walk to East Lake...

4 supporters

As much as I like the idea of extending the Green Line, it'd have to be to Avondale. There's no turning provisions on MARTA between Edgewood and Avondale.

3 supporters

Crossover before arriving and pickup on the other side of the track? Like they do at the airport? I'm not sure how long it takes to reverse a train, or if it can be done in the time between blue trains.

Crossover like at King Memorial, or a pocket track (third track between the two normal tracks) like at Edgewood. The problem though is scheduling. East Lake is a "meet" point, places where two trains on... Read more...

1 supporter

Exactly the reason this is under utilize is everyone drives to the express station a few blocks away

4 supporters

Extending the green line (or increasing frequency of blue line service) would encourage more use of MARTA. I'm a regular MARTA commuter to my job in Brookhaven, but right now it takes longer on MARTA than... Read more...

14 supporters

MARTA use isn't really being hindered by the 10/12 minute headways during the day east of Edgewood. For most trips into Atlanta, it's more than sufficient. Things like you're talking about Adam aren't... Read more...

1 supporter

Hire muralists to paint the bare-concrete southern wall of the station

The Creatives Project could be contracted to work with their artists to collaborate with old and new residents in our neighborhood. They do a great job of including community members in working on murals... Read more...

2 supporters

Build a mixed-use TOD, with ground floor retail spaces, whose rents will allow small businesses to move in, at least 30%, permanent workforce housing units, and an shared parking garage for residents and... Read more...

I support a mixed-used TOD on the south side of the station. The retail mix needs to reflect what is missing in the neighborhood, though. We probably don't need more restaurants. A small supermarket (similar... Read more...

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A small community pharmacy would also fill a gap in the area, either integrated with the market or as a separate business.

8 supporters

Won't the neighbors on the north also want some shops and/or restaurants? It would be a great amenity for that side of the tracks as well.

5 supporters

Is it that difficult to cross a ped bridge?

2 supporters

Please consider that this project will change the character of the surrounding residential streets. This is a huge sea change for all of the homeowners here. Therefore, prevent the commercial traffic ... Read more...

10 supporters

This development will be nowhere near the scale of Edgewood Retail District, Ansley Mall. eg: MARTA's other TOD projects; Edgewood, Avondale, King Memorial.

That's great to hear. And yet, still, Leland Terrace and Winter Avenue could use protection.

2 supporters

Definitely support local businesses + some housing, as long as the building isn't more than 4-6 stories. I'd love it to really be more of a "porch"-like feel (1-2 stories?) per the original mandate.

1 supporter

East and west Parkwood also needs this protection.

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Agree - this area is considered part of the Druid Hills Historic area and are not supposed to even put fences around yards to protect our families. How do you expect our yards to be safe from the increase... Read more...

6 supporters

I think improving what is accessible by MARTA without encouraging further car trips is specifically meant to curb further traffic increases.

3 supporters

My concern is for the high density residential units that will be added, as opposed to the traffic for retail. Hopefully Marta usage will increase, but the residents will not be taking public transportation... Read more...

5 supporters

you know people will drive and park for new retail/restaurant unless limited or expensive parking. Agree that high density housing will greatly increase traffic as well.

4 supporters

I agree, parking should be limited and expensive just like you suggested, Allison. A transit oriented development only works when transit is emphasized

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If Decatur, Atlanta and Marta truly want to make it a mass transit oriented community. Then they will build very few parking spaces for the residences. Otherwise, what is the point of living at a Marta... Read more...

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Limited parking, kind of like making them bound to Marta.

1 supporter

In response to some of the concerns in this thread: The city of ATL, city of Decatur and MARTA can easily mitigate the concerns we have about spillover or increased traffic on the streets immediately adjacent... Read more...

3 supporters

At Saturday's Nov. 18 Design Workshop there were several alternative methods presented to stop, or reduce traffic on streets touching this development. One idea presented was to limit parking space per... Read more...

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Easily mitigate?!!We already have those traffic calming measures on the Parkwoods to no avail. Traffic has gotten worse.

1 supporter

Digital signage with real-time train & bus schedules needed throughout TOD and surrounding area

Integrate adjacent businesses (Wahoo, Revolution Donuts, Avelino's, Ale Yeah, Lawrence Cafe, etc.) as one continuous commercial district.

Yes, remove surface parking lot at corner and build tax-generating retail space. Allow shared parking for visitors to nearby commercial businesses, in the station-TOD parking garage, with validated ticket.

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The idea of continuous retail sounds like the worst of Snellville. I agree that our existing stalwart businesses should be integrated.... but a wall of commercial spaces.....?

6 supporters

street fronting commercial is different from parking lot facing commercial of Snellville. This is not going to be a strip mall.

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and hopefully no big chain stores

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I am praying for something tasteful, bohemian-chic, cool coffee houses, some small-ish stores, lots of additional foliage... safe walking spaces and little additional traffic. Maybe I need to move back... Read more...

4 supporters

I like the idea of retail space as well. If done right, it would help connect the station to the other retail along College Avenue. However, I don't get the sense it would be sustainable at this point... Read more...

Actually, I just some of the other suggestions for mixed retail/residential development there. Interesting idea, although I still wonder if retail would be sustainable. Again, at a minimum, planning... Read more...

Pedestrian crosswalk

To exchange a pedestrian crosswalk for a high rise...not sure that's worth it.

4 supporters

I don't see an exchange. There is no crosswalk now and it would be nice to have one regardless of whether or not some kind of high or low-rise comes in.

2 supporters

No high rise, medium density TOD (4-5 stories)

4 supporters

our "front porch" should not have a 6 story house behind it. Any thought of multi-story buildings that do not exist in that area now should be resisted.

6 supporters

How do you expect the development to get the required density for TOD if it's not multi-story? Concentrating medium density around transit stations is BMP for absorbing growth, which is inevitable.

5 supporters

6 story does not sound like medium density - this is like the apartments in downtown Decatur. 3-4 story townhomes/apartments would be more appropriate for the neighborhood

6 supporters

Prefer a little bit of commercial/retail to support localized neighborhood commerce here - redevelopment in the Candler Park station looks good but seems focused solely on high-density residential.<br><br>Also... Read more...

No one anywhere needs any more Starbucks.

4 supporters

I will frequent the local stores and encourage my neighbors to do so as well. Any major chains that try to move into East Lake will likely fail because the local clients will NOT support any of those... Read more...

2 supporters

During one of the meetings for the proposed site an official mentioned that a survey of the current area showed that there is enough existing retail. Additional retail was not needed.

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By what measure is there enough existing retail? Certainly not within close walking/biking distance of this MARTA station or neighbors. The closest coffee shop is 1 mile in either direction, small grocery... Read more...

4 supporters

That would have been a good question to ask at the meeting. Revolution Donuts, less then 1/4 mile from the MARTA station sells coffee. BTW, When did 1 to 2 miles become far for a bicycle? I live close... Read more...

2 supporters

Grant Park just got a fantastic, compact Ace Hardware store in their ONE STORY wonderful-looking development on Memorial across from Oakland Cemetery, between Cherokee and Blvd. It seems like a hardware... Read more...

4 supporters

A hardware store would be nice, but they did not say that we get to chose the business that would move in if retail space is built.

1 supporter

Ohh yeah!!! Hardware & some kind of weekend lumber yard pop-up!

Easy access from PATH to station, without crossing W Howard St. bicycle stairwell or elevator to allow PATH users easier access.

I don't believe there is a crosswalk pedestrian button at Paden on the PATH side to cross W Howard, making it difficult to get across to the station. At the minimum that would help

2 supporters

Pedestrian crosswalk

There is already a pedestrian crosswalk at this intersection, but due to a lack of a safety signal, cars often blow through it without even looking for pedestrians

5 supporters

Having flashing lights and a button to press to activate it should help to stop traffic and make for a safe crossing area.

6 supporters

There is actually no pedestrian crosswalk from Leland Terrace to the entrance of the MARTA Station. This is a route that I and many other commuters take every week. A crosswalk would really help.

7 supporters

Agreed. We also have to cross at Leland with no cross walk as well. The original suggestion was for a crosswalk at Winter, where there already is one.

1 supporter

Yes! A good crosswalk with lights or perhaps a raised crossing to slow traffic.

1 supporter

Hey MARTA, while these questions are interesting, it misses the point of the fact that you are planning to sell the south lot to build up to a 6 or 8 story high rise building in the middle of a single... Read more...

Not sell, long term lease that generates long term income for the transit agency. Focusing medium density around a transit station is the best way to add riders, ease the affordability crisis, and absorb... Read more...

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I'm an existing neighbor of the south lot and I'm ok with building a mixed-use development there. There's no reason why multifamily housing can't coexist in proximity to single family homes.

15 supporters

I'm an existing neighbor to the south lot. I do not want to look out my backyard and see a multi story building whether it be residential or commercial. No thanks.

5 supporters

Long term income for the transit authority which has failed miserably to keep up the Marta system.

1 supporter

But an undersused, surface parking lot, which adds to stormwater runoff issues, urban heat island, etc. is better?

3 supporters

Yes, a parking lot with large oaks providing shade, a quite spot is preferential to more apartments. Please reference county study which sites water runoff from this lot as a problem for the adjacent neighborhood.

3 supporters

And Carl, if you are concerned with stormwater runoff and urban heat island issues, then building a large complex here does nothing to address those - in fact, it will compound those issues.

4 supporters

@Lisa G this project would be required to meet City of Atlanta Green Infrastructure requirements. Current layout of a surface parking lot is doing worse to those issues, than the proposed TOD.

3 supporters

Whatever MARTA comes up with, they're not looking to build anything they're not already legally entitled to build via existing zoning, correct? So your issue is with them exercising their rights?

1 supporter

Yes, I am always in favor of controlling construction by government, the same group which legally condemned and took the property from the residents which lived at the site of the current Marta station,... Read more...

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Bike lanes along College Ave, connecting to existing GDOT installed bike lanes and the MARTA Station.

Yes! That would really improve connectivity -- they should be good lanes: protected lanes.

2 supporters

Park Place is far wider than necessary, leading to speeding. This street should be narrowed and pedestrian crossing infrastructure should be improved.

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