Brookhaven, GA, August 12 – Big things could be on the horizon for Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA Station in the not too distant future as Brookhaven-Oglethorpe Station has been selected for redevelopment.
With the station within walking distance to Oglethorpe University, Town Brookhaven and uniquely situated close to the center of Brookhaven, MARTA officials intend to better utilize approximately ten acres of underutilized surface parking on the east and west sides of the station.
MARTA says these 1,416 parking spaces are only utilized 35% to 40% of the time on weekdays. The numbers are significantly lower most weekends.
Proposals will be solicited by MARTA to convert the lots into “high-quality, mixed-use, transit oriented development (TOD) consisting of residential, commercial and civic components.”
MARTA says they intend to release a Request for Qualifications this month, to be followed by Request for Proposals in the Fall.
In 2013, the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station was 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.
Also in the latter part of 2013, a Charrette took place as an initiative of a project team comprised of the City of Brookhaven, Southface, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), MARTA and National/Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS™.
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.
Here are the documents the Charrette produced.