Change of Date: Decatur City Commission Meeting

The date of Decatur City Commission meeting during which plan adoption will be considered has been changed to Monday, June 4 at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

East Lake MARTA Planning Process Concludes with Community Presentation

We thank you for participating in the East Lake MARTA Station Master Planning Process. Your input was invaluable!

Representing each of the neighborhoods surrounding the East Lake MARTA Station, over 80 residents turned out February 26 to hear closing recommendations for the area’s future.

What they heard capped six months of broad community participation and input, and detailed how the long-underutilized station might ultimately become a more meaningful “front porch” gathering space and center for adjacent neighbors.

Presented as a series of recommendations, each was rooted in MARTA’s five goals for the process:

1.   Increase ridership and revenue at the East Lake MARTA Station. 

2.   Make the station a community destination with short-term and long-term solutions. 

3.   Design better connections with adjacent neighborhoods to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

4.   Create a neighborhood-oriented vision for underused non-residential properties along adjacent corridors. 

5.   Establish a scale for future development that respects and enhances existing neighborhood character.

Making clear that all proposals are limited solely to the MARTA site, the AT&T site, and existing public rights-of-way, and that no single-family home properties are included or necessary, the TSW-led consultant team laid out where we are in the process, what’s gotten us to this point, and where we go from here.

Prominent in the plans was a focus on circulation and connectivity. Toole Design Group illustrated input-driven improvements to area streets to make it easier to walk and bike between nearby neighborhoods and the station — specifically, ideal street designs for Park Place, College Avenue and East Lake Drive.

Ultimately, the presentation unveiled the highest-ranking site concepts emerging from community input. TSW projected 3D computer modeling of what the prevailing concepts could look like at eye-level, which helped give perspective to the scale, massing and building height as it relates to the surrounding neighborhoods and the MARTA Station.

The final half-hour of the meeting was devoted to Q&A, with TSW and representatives from MARTA, City of Atlanta, and City of Decatur on hand to share more knowledge about the visioning process, approval timeline of the LCI plan by the project’s municipal partners, and next steps to be taken by MARTA in the future.

Information kiosks, present throughout the visioning process, were renewed with the final concepts and attendees were able to share any further feedback.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The project area is located in both the City of Decatur and the City of Atlanta. The proposed plans now enter the standard review and adoption process. The following required meetings are open to the public. All are welcome.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 | 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

PLAN PRESENTATION, DECATUR CITY COMMISSION WORK SESSION

CITY COMMISSION MEETING ROOM, DECATUR CITY HALL, 509 N. MCDONOUGH STREET

TUESDAY, MAY 8 | 7:00 P.M.

PLAN PRESENTATION, RECOMMENDATION BY THE DECATUR PLANNING COMMISSION

CITY COMMISSION MEETING ROOM, DECATUR CITY HALL, 509 N. MCDONOUGH STREET

MONDAY, MAY 21 | 7:30 P.M.

CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION BY DECATUR CITY COMMISSION

CITY COMMISSION MEETING ROOM, DECATUR CITY HALL, 509 N. MCDONOUGH STREET

Once approvals are secured from both Decatur and Atlanta, the process of implementation will begin. The anticipated timeline as of this writing is as follows:

·        MARTA issues RFP for development partner (expected to occur within 1 to 3 years after applicable Decatur and Atlanta rezonings are complete)

·        Developer chosen based on multiple factors, including how they plan to meet the goals of the adopted plan

·        Implementation occurs (~3 to 5 years)

Reminder - Feb. 26th is Final Public Open House for East Lake Station!

The final public open housing meeting for the East Lake MARTA Station will be held on Monday, February 26th at the Church of Epiphany, Parish Hall at 2089 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the East Lake MARTA Station LCI Study. 



February 26th - Final Public Open House for East Lake MARTA Station

The final public open house meeting for the East Lake MARTA Station will be held on Monday, February 26th at the Church of Epiphany, Parish Hall at 2089 Ponce De Leon Ave NE from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the East Lake MARTA Station LCI Study. 

New Survey Released on Development Concepts

We want to hear from you again! The City of Decatur, the City of Atlanta, and MARTA have released a new survey to get your feedback on proposed development concepts for the MARTA property, AT&T Site, and street sections. The survey will be open until January 12.



Walking Audit and Design Workshop Re-Cap

A big thank you to all who took time out of their Saturdays to attend the Walking Audit and Design Workshop for Make East Lake MARTA Yours on November 18!! To receive future updates about this planning process, sign up on the project website, here: https://courbanize.com/projects/east-lake-station/updates

Approximately 50 people attended the Walking Audit (and enjoyed some fresh doughnuts and coffee thanks to @revolutiondoughnuts) in the morning to learn about the pedestrian experience on streets around the East Lake MARTA Station. We received some great input on how to improve the streets to make it easier to walk and bike within the neighborhoods and to the station.

We had approximately 65 attendees at the Design Workshop in the afternoon. Thank you to Bessie Branham Recreation Center for hosting, and to our vendors, @doggydoggatl and @kingofpops! Kiosks throughout the room allowed attendees to provide feedback on preliminary concepts for the East Lake MARTA Station site and AT&T site (east of the station on College Avenue) and to learn about public outreach results and zoning requirements. A projected, 3D digital model allowed participants to see what the concepts could look like at eye-level, and the consultant team drew additional ideas in real time based on feedback. Finally, participants could build their ideal street sections for Park Place, College Avenue, and East Lake Drive at the Transportation Kiosk. Stay tuned for future meeting updates!

Survey Ends Tomorrow for East Lake MARTA Station!

Have you taken the survey? Time is running out. Make East Lake MARTA Yours! Click here to complete the survey by November 21. 

Thank you,

MARTA, City of Atlanta and City of Decatur

Join Us -Walking Audit & Design Workshop on 11/18!

 

What could the East Lake MARTA Station look like in the future? Join us for the Walking Audit (Tour) and Design Workshop on Saturday, November 18th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and help us decide! Here’s the breakdown of events for the day:

Walking Audit | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

·        Meet at the East Lake MARTA Station on the North Parking Lot

·        The consultant team will lead groups on a tour of the area to understand the existing street conditions and to discuss opportunities to improve the streets (see map below).

·        Revolution Doughnuts and Coffee served while supplies last!

·        We want to make this a great event for you! Please RSVP if you’re interested in attending: https://elmwalkingaudit.eventbrite.com

·        This will be a 2.1-mile walk, so please dress accordingly!

·        We will end the Walking Audit at the Bessie Branham Recreation Center

Design Workshop | 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Open House)

·        Bessie Branham Recreation Center (2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, GA)

·        Interactive Activities with 3D Conceptual Models

·        Join for lunch, too! Doggy Dogg Hotdog Stand will be there with hotdogs for sale from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM!


Community Academy and Open House Recap

On September 25 City of Atlanta Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett kicked off two days of collaborative East Lake MARTA planning discussions on behalf of the ambitious project’s multiple partners — the cities of Decatur and Atlanta, Dekalb County, and MARTA.

Gathered in the Fellowship Hall of the Oakhurst Baptist Church, the participants at each meeting listened to a series of presentations outlining what to expect over the next several months as the project’s many stakeholders work to build consensus around a viable transit-oriented vision for the underutilized station area.

Attendees then gathered around a variety of activities orchestrated by MARTA, Atlanta and Decatur staff, and the consultant team. One activity asked what type and scale of development is appropriate for the MARTA-owned properties surrounding the East Lake station, as well as what kind of public space and cultural art is desirable. Another activity asked for input on what keeps residents from accessing and using the East Lake MARTA Station, whether it be a lack of sidewalks or safe bike lanes. Attendees — which included residents of Druid Hills, Kirkwood, Lake Claire, Lenox Place, Oakhurst, and Parkwood — were then asked to tell their neighborhood’s story through a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).

To view presentations from each meeting, please visit http://www.decaturnext.com/2017/09/100-residents-show-up-to-make-east-lake-marta-theirs-ours-and-yours/

Join Us on Oct 9th - Make East Lake MARTA Yours!

We want to hear from you! Visit us on your MARTA commute or come have a snack with us on the south side of the East Lake MARTA Station near the main entrance along Park Place! If you couldn’t make it to the Academy or Open House last week, be sure to join us at the East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Stations to give us your input on the future of the East Lake MARTA Station and surrounding area.

When: October 9th @ 7:30 – 9:30 AM with Revolution Doughnuts (while supplies last) – East Lake MARTA Station only

and 4:30 – 6:30 PM with King of Pops and Doggy Dog hotdogs available for purchase (vendors subject to change) – East Lake MARTA Station only.

Location: East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Stations

Complete the Survey. Make East Lake MARTA Yours!

Just a reminder… The City of Decatur, City of Atlanta, and MARTA have partnered on a planning effort to consider enhancements to the East Lake MARTA Station and the area within ½ mile of the station. We want to hear from you about how to create a vibrant community asset that serves you and your neighborhood. Please complete the online survey. Your feedback is important and greatly appreciated.  Complete the survey here.

Please share this survey opportunity with your community members. To learn more about how to Make East Lake MARTA Yours, visit our website at courb.co/eastlake


Thank you,

MARTA, City of Atlanta, and City of Decatur

Community Academy and Open House

The community is invited to participate in two public meetings:

KICK-OFF: COMMUNITY ACADEMY AND OPEN HOUSE

Monday, September 25 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Join the discussion on population density, demographics, transportation, and economic development topics within in the first hour, then allow for input, questions, and comments thereafter.

KICK-OFF: OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, September 26 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Identified topics from the Community Academy meeting get repeated here in an open house environment. Drop by, review, and chime in. Expect a half hour to participate.

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Welcome to our project page!

Thank you for visiting our new project page. We're using this webiste to help you follow and participate in the East Lake MARTA Station Transit-Oriented Development planning process and keep you updated with the latest plans, studies, and upcoming events.

We invite you to participate by adding ideas to the Map, making suggestions in the Comments section, and taking our Survey.