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Atlanta Regional Commission Edgewood Design Charrette

In April of 2011, SouthFace and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) led a group of local non-profits, professionals and stakeholders to undertake the Edgewood design charrette. This charrette spanned four days and focused on exploring and formulating a vision for a transit oriented development (TOD) on the underutilized MARTA parking lot on the south side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station in Atlanta. The Edgewood community was chosen for the focus of these efforts because of the considerable planning and implementation progress that the City of Atlanta, Zeist Foundation, MARTA and the Edgewood Community had already undertaken.

This TOD charrette represented an opportunity to drill down to the micro level to prepare a concept plan for the underutilized parking lot. The multi-day charrette process involved residents of the area and other key stakeholders in creating two final concept plans for the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA station south parking lot. Both of these concepts maintain the important transit function of the site while adding neighborhood-friendly retail space and a public park/commons area to serve as a “Community Living Room” for the neighborhood.

The project is still moving forward with an RFP this month to release the MARTA station to developers to implement the plan developed during the charrette process.
Jared Lombard
Atlanta Regional Commission

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