Chamblee, GA, January 18, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Chamblee Councilmembers voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a contract not to exceed $350,000 with Ed Castro Landscaping to construct a new path that connects to one running in front of the Hearthside Brookleigh development on Johnson Ferry Rd. The new 850 foot long, 8 foot wide path will run from that connection point, which is basically at the Chamblee/Brookhaven border, all the way to the Exchange at Northhaven Apartments (across the street from the side entrance to Lowe’s).
The conceptual project site plan includes (but is not limited to):
- Removal/relocation of existing traffic signs
- Removal/relocation of the Keswick neighborhood sign
- Removal and relocation of existing mailboxes
- Removal of the existing narrow sidewalk and curbing
- Installation of a new 8 foot wide concrete sidewalk and curbing
- Installation of a 7 foot wide planting strip
- Installation of 22 (appx) new “street” trees in the planting strip
- Installation of 11 (appx) pedestrian light poles and fixtures
- Installation of storm drain improvements
According to the City, 8 bids for the project were received and former Community Development consulting firm, Jacobs Engineering, reviewed the bids and found the most responsive and responsible was Ed Castro Landscaping.
Councilman John Mesa, who brought the project idea to Council in 2015, told The Post the project also includes realignment of Keswick Dr. and a new left hand turn lane on Johnson Ferry Rd. at Keswick Dr. will be created via re-striping.
Councilwoman Leslie Robson suggested the City urge the use of native plants wherever possible. City Manager Jon Walker said he would add that language to the contract.
Chamblee Staff estimates contract documents will be completed and a notice to proceed will be issued in early February, if not before. Construction is expected to begin in early March and be completed by early August.
The conceptual project plan is below. Some adjustments may be made once construction nears. A high resolution version is here.