Chamblee, GA, May 19, 2016 – by Trey Benton – About 40 residents attended the first Chamblee MARTA Transit Oriented Development (TOD) meeting Wednesday evening, a meeting that began with a presentation by Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate.
After Rhein’s overview of TOD’s and an explanation of MARTA’s vision, Gary Matthews with Trackside Partners, who is MARTA’s development partner on the site, discussed specific attributes of the plan. He said there have a few small tweaks as of late, and both he and Rhein said they would post those drawings to the project website, found here.
Once the presentation was over, attendees had the opportunity to speak with MARTA and Trackside, as well as ask any specific questions.
The Chamblee MARTA TOD project is a two-phase project proposed for a 2.16-acre closed parking lot across the street from the Chamblee Station. MARTA says this project is part of a broader TOD initiative, with a goal centered on increasing ridership, generating revenue and supporting both local community development and regional economic development.
The Chamblee MARTA Mixed-Use TOD consists of:
- 70,000 square feet of Office Space
- 10,000 of ground floor retail space
- 4,300 square foot pocket park
- 4 stories
“The plan for this site builds on the recommendations set forth in the 10-Year Update for the Chamblee Town Center Livable Communities Initiative (LCI) which emphasizes urban design principles that foster a more walkable community and pedestrian connections at key intersections,” says MARTA. “The project will include new sidewalks, active uses at street-level, public greenspace and will facilitate improved pedestrian access to the station.”
MARTA also says the LCI plan also sought to attract office uses with the goal of increasing pedestrian activity and supporting additional retail over time. “This project will become the city of Chamblee’s first Class A office development,” MARTA adds. “It will be constructed over two phases, the first of which will serve as the new headquarters for Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, which will occupy 20,000 square feet of the 4-story, 50,000-square-foot Trackside One building.”
MARTA anticipates groundbreaking in Q3 of 2016, with a target completion date of Q4 of 2017.
More in the video attached to this post.