Brookhaven, GA, June 8, 2016 – by Trey Benton – MARTA’s Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate, Amanda Rhein and Art Lomenick, President of Development with Integral, shared a revised Transit Oriented Development (TOD) proposal for the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station with The Post Wednesday; a plan that includes some significant changes.
“We really appreciate the level of citizen input and involvement in shaping this project,” said Rhein. “The revisions are a product of feedback we have received during numerous meetings and we hope it will be accepted by the community.”
The revised plan shows reductions in density throughout and a residential ownership component in the form of condo’s has been added – something the neighborhood has been asking for from developers of two other projects proposed for the Dresden Dr. corridor. Another component that has been added is a “Food Hall” which is designed to house a number of smaller restaurants with a ground floor “walk-out” to a “Central Park” greenspace gathering area.
“The gathering area is designed in such a way the community could hold events such as movie nights, as well as other civic events,” said Lomenick. “It’s also a place where restaurant patrons can sit outdoors and enjoy a bite to eat.”
The number of senior residents in the TOD has been reduced from 126 units to 100 units, and the number of apartment units have been trimmed from 580 units to 340 units. A 2.49 acre linear park that runs along Apple Valley Rd. is also planned.
A hotel component is still in the revised plan, although the number of rooms has been reduced from 150 to 125. MARTA says they are flexible on the hotel idea should the City of Brookhaven decide they would like to use the space for City offices, City Hall and/or a new DeKalb County library.
According to MARTA, funding from a $2 million Federal grant received from the Atlanta Regional Commission will be used for improvements to the Station access tunnel – complete with an elevator.
The revised plan also shows Office Space in the TOD has been cut in half from 400,000 sq./ft. to 200,000 sq./ft. None of the planned 2,173 parking spaces are visible from Peachtree Rd. or Apple Valley Rd. Along Dresden Dr., due to the geometry of the project, Lomenick says they are working with a green wall design along with a 1 to 2 story incubator building and pocket park to help activate the street.
MARTA says they are continuing to meet with regional transportation stakeholders including the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Transportation, and City, State and County leaders to address existing traffic problems, infrastructure capacity and other regional issues that could be further impacted by development at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station.
In February, at the request of Mayor John Ernst, MARTA and their development partner, Brookhaven City Center Partners, agreed to postpone rezoning applications until some time after June 1st, which would indicate the rezoning requests could be coming in the near future.
Integral says there will be more specific elevations and renderings of the revised project coming soon. We will share those as we receive them.
Be sure to continue to monitor the MARTA Courbanize site for further updates here.