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.
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.)