First, an overall fee for a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the finalization of the Peachtree Road Phase 2 reconstruction totaled $7,700, which the district approved unanimously. It should be mostly completely by the end of November, according to Brian McHugh, the district's director of transportation and planning.
He said trees are planted, landscaping started “going in” Monday, traffic signals will be done next week, and bike lane striping will come at the end.
“[Construction] work is going to switch to nighttime after next week — daytime work will take place on sidewalks,” he said. “There will be relatively low impact to traffic going into Thanksgiving. Everything will be done except pavers. … Everyday it’s getting better, especially ay Lenox.”
The date of the ribbon cutting is to be announced.
“We’re trying to see when Mayor [Kasim] Reed is available,” said District Executive Director Jim Durrett. “We would love for him to be here.”
Next, the district approved a budget of $45,000 for McHugh to hire a consulting firm to work on the Piedmont and Habersham roads right-of-way project.
Durrett asked for an approval of $15,000 for a Lowe Engineers contract for an East Village improvement analysis, which includes everything south of the corner of Piedmont and Peachtree, toward Pharr Road.
It is the same study which was performed for the west side of Peachtree, “to identify opportunities built to SPI-9 standards, rather than waiting for re-development to occur,” Durrett said.
His request was approved unanimously.
Denise Starling, executive director of the nonprofit Livable Buckhead, recommended Dwight Bell as a member of the Development Review Committee, which is expanding to four people. The district approved her recommendation.
Additionally, the district unanimously approved a $750,000 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grant for Greenway Trail construction, which is still set to begin by 2014, according to Starling.
She said 8,175 residents will be within a 10-minute walk to the trail, while 44,272 residents within a 10-minute bike ride.
Critical factors for trail completion are fundraising and public support, Starling said.
“The agency soup in the mix can slow things down,” she said. “And we have some opposition. Some residents are completely opposed but having visuals and graphics makes a difference.”
The trail design will be complete by April or May, Starling said.