The transit authority spokesman Lyle Harris said the transit authority will have three different roles for its involvement with the redevelopment of the property — property owner, transit provider and community stakeholder.
“Our role as the property owner is to ensure that a fair, market rate of return is achieved, as required by our enabling legislation and Federal Transit Administration guidelines,” Harris said. “Our role as a transit provider is to ensure that our transit customers who arrive by bus, rail, bicycle, foot and other forms of transportation are accommodated in the future development and our role as a stakeholder is to promote sustainable design and construction techniques, help facilitate the inclusion of workforce housing in the future development and help facilitate increased connectivity and access to and from the station and the surrounding neighborhood.”
For the project, MARTA will be looking into different partnerships with the city of Brookhaven and several regional partners including the Atlanta Regional Commission and Southface. Southface is planning a charrette later this month as an opportunity for different developers to join in with plans.
Brookhaven released a statement from the Community Development Director Susan Canon stating the city is not planning any redevelopment in the area surrounding the station.
“The city of Brookhaven currently has no plans for redevelopment around the MARTA station,” Canon said. “We are preparing to launch our own redevelopment plan for the city with the comprehensive plan. This will include the entire city, including the area around the MARTA station. We have issued an RFP for a consultant to lead the comprehensive plan and had a pre-bid conference. Once this plan is complete, we will have information about future development for the MARTA station area.
As the property owner, MARTA’s board of directors will have the final say in any redevelopment plans for the station.
ON THE WEB: For the Brookhaven redevelopment plan visit www.brookhavenga.gov/uploads/RFQ_13-03_Professional_Planning_Services.pdf.