Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA Station Transit Oriented Development Charrette Coming Soon.

Brookhaven - Oglethorpe MARTA Station Transit Oriented Development Charrette

Brookhaven – Oglethorpe MARTA Station Transit Oriented Development Charrette

Brookhaven, GA – The City of Brookhaven, along with Southface, Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, and National/Atlanta Board of Realtors have come together to hold informational sessions and gather input from the community on future development possibilities around the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station. Below are some details and a schedule of upcoming events.

Project Background

The Charrette is an initiative of the project team comprised of the City of Brookhaven, Southface, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), MARTA and National/Atlanta Board of Realtors.

A TOD is a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use community that provides relief from automobile-dependent lifestyles by increasing access to transit for residents and workers, enabling them to drive their cars less and ride transit more. TODs provide people with options so they can choose where to live, work, play and mingle. In the most successful TODs, transit stations integrate seamlessly into the community.

The ARC, in partnership with MARTA and others including Southface, have been working to promote TOD at each MARTA station to ensure that these transit stations will have the necessary infrastructure and land uses to support  planned and future TODs. Many of the MARTA station parking lots, including the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station, are vastly underutilized and present an opportunity for MARTA and the community to benefit from redevelopment.

The Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station has been identified through various studies and reports as being in the “advanced” stage for TOD implementation due to a strong residential real-estate market, established cityhood, need for additional office and retail space, improved ridership and the vision to create a “city center” on the property composed of mixed use, office, retail, civic and public space.

The Charrette will focus on producing deliverables geared towards implementing TOD on the MARTA site. The focus will be less on the design of the proposed development than the necessary steps for implementation due to existing plans, studies and ordinances including the Brookhaven-Peachtree LCI Study and Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District.

What is a Charrette?

The Charrette is the transformative event of the NCI Charrette System and occurs from 6-weeks to 9-months after the completion of the Research, Education and Charrette Preparation Phase. It is a collaborative design event that lasts a minimum of 5-days. The goal of the Charrette is to produce a feasible plan with minimal rework that benefits from the support of all stakeholders through its implementation. This support is facilitated by the ability of the Charrette to transform the mindsets of the stakeholders. (See blog discussion on Charrette for sustainable community design.)

Schedule of Sessions and Events

Session Schedules

Session Schedules

All sessions held at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Drive Atlanta, GA 30319, except 10/17, that will be at Mellow Mushroom. See above.

7 Responses to Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA Station Transit Oriented Development Charrette Coming Soon.

  1. Hopefully there will be some Affordable Senior Citzien Housing

  2. The parking lot at the Brookhaven Marta is vastly underutilized because residents don't ride MARTA! It's dirty, inefficient and unsafe.

    I like my car and I don't plan on riding transit. Save taxpayer dollars…pave some roads.

  3. I and many other of my neighbors ride MARTA daily to work. If you want to drive that's fine. But MARTA is not dirty or unsafe. Its actually far safer than driving on the interstates. As to efficiency MARTA consistently ranks well above average in terms of efficiency ratios tracked by the Federal Transit Administration. MARTA trains also do a good job of running to their schedule. Southbound from Chamblee leaves every 8, 23, 38 and 53 Minutes after the hour.

    MARTA is the only major transit system in the USA to not receive meaningful state aid.

    Building residential or office next to MARTA rail is a great way of addressing the problem that "MARTA doesn't go where I want to go." Since all the major job centers (except for Cobb's cumberland area) are served by MARTA rail building more mixed use transit oriented/pedestrian friendly development in these vast asphalt wastelands (aka surface parking lots) is a great way to have "MARTA go where people want to go."

    In other words rather than spending a lot of money trying to expand rail everywhere, its more cost efficient to bring development to the numerous MARTA stations that have lots of undeveloped land around them. The Doraville MARTA station with GM next to it and the Fort Mcphearson MARTA station now that Fort Mcphearson is shut down are especially prime areas where the region can continue its growth in a manner that has less negative impact on our transportation infrastructure. I'll also add all of Downtown Atlanta to that.

  4. Eric, you might find this of interest:

  5. Eric

    May want to review the ARC's 2010-2040 study. You will find that the North Fulton / South Forsyth area is actually a major job center and is projected to expand over the next thirty years. Many people want to "go there".

    Possibly has to do with this area's quality schools, housing and lower crime. These will always be important considerations when considering where to live. Maybe more focus on these basics first and development will follow.

    Have you looked into the state of the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County schools?

  6. Thorndike 2 million for capital projects is not meaningful its only about 2% of MARTA's 900 million dollar annual budget.

    TP Sure the north 400 corridor has attracted employers thanks in part due to huge road investments. Unfortunately that whole area has been built in a fashion that makes transit service difficult, though there is currently MARTA and GRTA bus service up there. Of note is the unfortunate decision to convert the Bus Shoulder lanes into general vehicle lanes. In the long run bus service in HOT lanes will probably be the best interim step. Building rail up there will be very expensive and they still don't have the density of the areas that MARTA currently services. As stated midtown, downtown, buckhead, the airport and the perimeter center still represent where the bulk of the major job centers.

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