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Buckhead park, road projects moving forward
by Nicole Dow
April 30, 2014 03:25 PM | 2295 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charlie Loudermilk Park in Buckhead and the streets surrounding the park are in the midst of renovation.

Brian McHugh, the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s transportation and planning director, gave board members updates on the construction at the district’s monthly board meeting Tuesday at Tower Place.

“The curb line and sidewalk [at Roswell and Peachtree roads] are nearly complete,” he said. “That will be done probably in three or four good-weather days. We have pavers on their way, and they will be installed over the next two weeks. And then when this work is substantially done, [contractor Astra Group] is going to move over to East Paces Ferry [Road]. … We’re coordinating with property owners down there with design.”

Light demolition inside the park has already started, McHugh said.

“We took down [the] Georgia Power poles, moved statues out [and] moved boulders out,” he said. “This Thursday if it doesn’t rain, we will pick up with the full demo of the park.”

He expects the rest of the demolition work to take about two days to complete. The redesign of the park will include a green open area, a patio seating area, a waterfall feature, new walkways, lighting, shade trees and a clock tower.

The third and fourth phases of Peachtree Road improvements — extending from Maple to Sheridan drives — are still in the planning stages. District Executive Director Jim Durrett said the last open house regarding the plans, held April 3, was successful in terms of having more than 100 attendees.

“We had really good attendance, which is what we are wanting — more and more people to understand what it is we are seeking to do and asking questions about it,” he said.

McHugh said of those who submitted comments and feedback, half were in support of the plans’ bicyclist and pedestrian safety elements and the other half expressed concern about traffic flow.

He said the district will tweak designs based on stakeholder input and will hold its next open house in June, though a date has yet to be set.

McHugh said the district has submitted its traffic analysis for Phases 3 and 4 to the Georgia Department of Transportation and is waiting to hear back on approval.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board discussed needed maintenance of the pavers that were installed along Peachtree Road as part of Phases 1 and 2.

“There are a large number of areas where we have uneven pavers, broken pavers and such,” said district Programs Manager Tony Peters.

The paver issues were among the 4,000 infrastructure deficiencies in Buckhead identified by Lowe Engineers in an assessment commissioned by the district and announced at the board’s February meeting.

Peters said the first step in addressing the list of infrastructure deficiencies will be to set up a meeting with Commissioner Richard Mendoza of the Atlanta Department of Public Works and someone from Mayor Kasim Reed’s office and see what their thoughts are on fixing the issues. He said the likely next step would be to go out for bids for repair work for the Peachtree Road pavers, which Peters identified as one of the most obvious fixes needing immediate mitigation.

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