MARTA Present Route To Avondale Station

MARTA has scheduled two meetings in early December to enable the public tolearn about, and comment on, plans to advance the proposed light rail line that’s to stretch from the Lindbergh Station, through the Clifton Road corridor, to the Avondale Station.

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The proposed light rail line that would serve the Emory University area has been discussed for nearly 20 years.

The general concept is to create a transit option for commuters from the Lindbergh Station to the Avondale Station. One of two options includes a tunnel and above-ground structure. The other does not include the tunnel.

The route was to have been funded with proceeds of the transportation sales tax that was on the ballot in 2012. Although voters rejected the proposed 1 percent sales tax, advocates of the “Clifton Road corridor” transit route have continued to foster the project.

The state Legislature is expected to revisit in the transportation funding issue during the 2015 session. Any measure is likely to take two years to win approval, which means a funding mechanism could be in place with the environmental impact study of the Clifton Road route is complete, in 2015 or 2016.light rail

Some lawmakers are discussing an increase in the statewide motor fuel tax. Another proposal would enable a few counties to unite to propose a transportation referendum, rather than the 10 counties that were involved in the 2012 referendum.

Meeting details:
Dec. 4: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30324
Dec. 9: Emory University Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC), Room 316,1946 Starvine Way, Decatur, GA 30033.

– See full aritcle By David Pendered here.

Archive of Architecture and Other Design Documents and Objects

The Architecture and Design Center Teams up with AIA Georgia, AIA Atlanta and Georgia Tech to Form the Archive Project

The Atlanta based Architecture and Design Centerimages (1) (ADC) has teamed up with the Georgia and Atlanta chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology to initiate the Regional Archive Program.  This comprehensive effort will be supported by the ADC / AIA and managed by the Georgia Tech Archives.  All of these groups have realized the pressing need to create an expanded archive of significant architecture and other design documents and objects in order to record the culture and history of architecture and related fields in Georgia.  The archive will afford opportunity for research and for the organization of exhibits, lectures and other activities centered around the collection.  The ADC/AIA/ Georgia Tech Archives first exhibit will focus on the historic Peachtree Corridor and premiere at the 2015 National AIA Convention taking place in Atlanta in May.  More detail on this exhibit will be released soon.

The Architecture and Design Center is the only Atlanta organization dedicated expressly to bringing architecture knowledge to the public with the goal of promoting a better designed and planned built environment.

For additional information regarding the archive project please contact Nathan Koskovich, ADC Board President at- nathan@koskovicharchitecture.com

Cheshire Farm Trail

The Cheshire Farm Trail spans the creek as it flows along the edge of I-85 between Cheshire Bridge Road and Lindbergh Drive. Find it off Cheshire Bridge Road where the road goes under I-85 and becomes Lenox Road.

When the Georgia Department of Peachtree Creek - Cheshire Farm Trail Ribbon Cuttingdecided to build the new flyover ramps for GA 400, some neighbors weren’t pleased. The Lindbergh LaVista Corridor Coalition and the South Fork Conservancy encouraged  community meetings where neighbors discussed how GDOT could make it up to them. After plenty of discussion, two popular mitigation ideas were offered to GDOT: National Register of Historic Places  designation for the Lindridge Martin Manor neighborhood  and the creekside trail. GDOT agreed to both. Heather Alhadeff, a traffic consultant then working for Perkins+Will, helped steer the trail to completion. The cost neared a million dollars for the half-mile trail, including one major and three minor bridges.Peachtree Creek

Read more here.