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Open house planned to discuss Peachtree Road improvements
by Nicole Dow
March 26, 2014 01:51 PM | 1900 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Buckhead Community Improvement District will hold its second public open house on Phases 3 and 4 of the Peachtree Road improvement project April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Phase 3 will extend from Maple Drive to West Shadowlawn Avenue, and Phase 4 will begin at West Shadowlawn and end at Sheridan Drive.

“This [open house] is going to be a chance to look at the second generation of concepts,” Brian McHugh, the district’s director of transportation and planning, said Tuesday at its monthly board meeting at Tower Place in Buckhead.

The district held the first open house Feb. 19, presenting earlier plans.

“We received lots of comment cards,” McHugh said. “Some of the things that came out were folks wanted to see more streetscape and more sidewalks, so the new concept plans that will be shared April 3 will have much more in the way of streetscapes in Peachtree Phase 4.”

He said commenters ranked bicycle facilities, sidewalks and better pedestrian crossings as their top priorities.

“There were also some comments on the medians,” McHugh said. “People were overwhelmingly favorable for having medians.”

The new concepts will consider changing earlier plans near the church to accommodate both on-street parking and bike lanes without impacting Sunday traffic, he said.

“To do that we’ll have to take an extra couple of feet of right-a-way on both sides [of Peachtree Road],” he said.

Regarding another construction project update, McHugh said the initial demolition work at Charlie Loudermilk Park has begun. The portion of Roswell Road in front of the Buckhead Theatre will be reconstructed first, he said.

“After Charlie Loudermilk Park and Roswell Road, the work will shift over to East Paces Ferry [Road] and go down and touch where OliverMcMillan is working,” McHugh said, referring to the Buckhead Atlanta development under construction.

He said the majority of the park project should be completed by August or September with the exception of some elements like the construction of its clock tower and the planting of trees, which should continue through the fall.

Also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting was pursuing the expansion of the district.

“The goal is to expand the CID to the entire SPI-9 component — that being the West Village, the East Village and then all of Piedmont [Road] down to Pharr Road,” said Tony Peters, the district’s programs manager. “We already have what I would call an analysis of what the tax revenue would be for the West Village, and our next step would be to put to pencil and paper what the analysis would be for the East [Village] and then all of Piedmont down to Pharr.”

Board members will likely be assigned different business and property owners to reach out to and encourage becoming part of the district.

What’s next?
The Buckhead Community Improvement District will hold a public open house April 3 on Phases 3 and 4 of the Peachtree Road improvement project. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, in Heritage Hall.

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