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Following the passage of SB369 by the Georgia General Assembly, on June 20 the Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to hold a referendum in November to impose an additional half-cent sales tax for the purpose of providing public transportation in the City of Atlanta. This additional revenue would be used to fund bus and rail projects within City limits.

We are thrilled to announce the closing of the Edgewood/Candler Park Station TOD and upcoming groundbreaking celebration. Progress continues to be made at Avondale StationChamblee StationBrookhaven/Oglethorpe  University Station and Arts Center Station

Cushman and Wakefield recently pushed a report which shows apartment and office properties near MARTA stations are performing better than other properties in their respective submarkets. The Emerging MARTA Market examines six submarkets for office and multifamily and found the impact of being near a MARTA station is real and is reflected in those properties’ higher rents and lower vacancy rates.

MARTA's sold-out fourth annual Development Day was held on May 19 at the Historic Academy of Medicine in Midtown. Attendees learned about MARTA’s progress in advancing the TOD initiative over the past year and heard from Stan Wall, Partner with HR&A Advisors, on best practices for maximizing TOD to create more livable places and connected communities.

We continue our pursuit of programs designed to improve the rider experience. On June 29 we celebrated the unveiling of the first mural in the En Route mural program. Additionally, we are moving forward with the expansion of the Fresh MARTA Market and will be soliciting bids for the introduction of ATMs in our stations.

We look forward to partnering with you to implement our vision to create transit oriented communities that connect people to opportunities, drive sustainable community development and promote regional prosperity.

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Edgewood/Candler Park Station TOD

Development Partner: Invest Atlanta and Columbia Ventures/Columbia Residential
Proposed Development: A mixed-use development centered around greenspace that provides for increased connectivity to the surrounding community. Phase I is slated to include approximately 224 apartments, including 10% affordable units, and 26,000 square feet of commercial and performing arts space.
Project Status: Construction is underway on Phase I and a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in August. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Avondale Station TOD

Development Partner: Development Authority of the City of Decatur and Columbia Ventures
Proposed Development: The project is slated to include approximately 377 apartments, 92 affordable senior independent living units, 34 condominiums, 41,500 square feet of commercial space and 25,000 square feet of institutional space. The site plan features a central plaza which will serve as an amenity for residents, transit riders and the surrounding community.
Project Status: Staff is working with the Federal Transit Administration to conduct a Section 106 review. This review process should be complete in 3Q 2016 and construction will begin shortly thereafter. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station TOD

Development Partner: Brookhaven City Center Partners, a joint venture of Transwestern Development Company and Integral
Proposed Development: The multi-phase project is slated to include approximately 100 affordable senior independent living units, 340 apartments, 107 ownership units, 55,768 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space, 125 hotel rooms and civic space.
Project Status: Board approval of the Term Sheet is pending. The development program has been revised to incorporate feedback received from residents during a series of community meetings. An application for rezoning was submitted to the City of Brookhaven on July 1. Meetings are being held with regional transportation stakeholders to assess impacts on traffic and identify potential mitigations. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum.

Chamblee Station TOD

Development Partner: Trackside Partners, a joint venture of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and Parkside Partners Inc.
Proposed Development: Phase I of the project will include 50,000 square feet of class A office space and street-level retail. Pattillo Industrial Real Estate will anchor Phase I of the project with their new corporate headquarters. Phase II will provide an additional 30,000 square feet of commercial space. The project is located on 2.16 acres across the street from the Chamblee Station.
Project Status: Negotiations on the Definitive Agreements are underway. A community forum was held on May 18 to share project plans and solicit feedback. Construction is slated to commence 3Q 2016. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Arts Center Station TOD 

A Request for Proposals ("RFP") was released on May 5 for the redevelopment of 6.2 acres at the Arts Center Station. The property includes the station, a kiss ride parking lot and open space which will be conveyed to the awardee through a ninety-nine (99) year ground lease or air rights lease. The intent of this RFP is to identify development partners to convert the entire property into a high-quality, mixed-use, transit oriented development, consisting of residential, retail, office and hotel components. 

Proposals were received on September 3 and are under review by MARTA's Source Evaluation Committee.

En Route Mural Program

MARTA has partnered with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance to launch En Route, a community-based public art project that creates meaningful, aesthetically imaginative, high quality, text-based murals that explore issues of access, mobility and public transportation. Fahamu Pecou will create four murals throughout the rail system; the first installation will be at the King Memorial Station, followed by Oakland City Station, Hamilton E. Holmes Station, and a station to be named on a later date.

On June 29 the mural at the King Memorial Station was unveiled. Pecou, who was assisted by supporting artists Joe Dreher and Fabian Williams, recently completed the mural after a series of meetings to garner invaluable community input that guided their work. The mural, entitled “Rise Above,” was inspired by a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quote from a 1957 speech called, “Conquering Self-Centeredness.” The mural’s inscription will echo King’s invocation that: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Although the murals were part of a separate initiative, the MARTA Board of Directors recently voted to dedicate one percent of the agency’s annual capital budget to restore the transit system’s existing artwork and to fund new projects and cultural activities. MARTA’s “art-in-transit” program will launch in FY 2017 which begins July 1, 2016. 

Fresh MARTA Market 

In June MARTA released a Request for Quotations for the Fresh MARTA Market initiative. This program is being expanded from the West End Station to the College Park, Five Points and HE Holmes Stations. The pilot program was initially created to provide customers and West End residents with improved access to fresh produce in a convenient and attractive location. The Fresh MARTA Market will offer a wide variety of affordable fruits and vegetables such as kale, carrots, cucumbers, mint, okra, tomatoes, basil, squash, apples and blueberries on a weekly basis. The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) two-for-one match will be offered, doubling the amount of fresh produce customers can purchase dollar for dollar. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.

The launch of the expanded program is anticipated this summer. 

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