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We are excited to have announced development partners for our Chamblee Station and Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Station  transit oriented development ("TOD") projects. Work continues on the implementation of TOD at the King Memorial StationAvondale Station and Edgewood/Candler Park Station. Proposals have been received and are currently under review for the Arts Center Station and Proposals are due for the Oakland City Station on October 30.

Significant progress has been made towards the implementation of recommendations set forth in our Strategic Plan, including a reorganization of the Office of TOD and Real Estate and the hiring of new staff. In October Richard Slaton will be joining MARTA as the Director of Real Estate. Mr. Slaton joins us from U.S. Trust - Bank of America and brings experience working in both the public and private sectors. We are looking to add two additional members to our team. Applications are currently being accepted for two Senior Development Project Manager positions. These individuals will be responsible for overseeing TOD activities including drafting solicitation documents, participating in negotiations with developers, conducting financial analysis and managing the preparation of legal documents required for ground lease and sales transactions. To view this job posting or apply for the position please visit MARTA's website
 

MARTA was the recipient of two grant awards totaling nearly $30,000 in support of the En Route mural program we are implementing in partnership with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance. This program is designed to install public art in conjunction with the TOD program. 


The Fresh MARTA Market will close out its inaugural season at the West End Station on October 30. Staff will evaluate the program impact and determine the possibility of expanding to more stations during the Spring and Summer of 2016. We continue to look ahead to the implementation of the second phase of our retail and concessions program following proposed amendments to the MARTA Act.

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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King Memorial Station TOD

Development Partner: Walton Communities
Proposed Development: The development program currently includes approximately 350 multifamily units, 20% of which will be set aside for affordable housing, and approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
Project Status: Walton Communities is working to fill a gap in their project financing by submitting applications for financing with both Invest Atlanta and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Staff is working with the Federal Transit Administration to conduct a Section 106 review. Section 106 of the National Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) requires consideration of historic preservation in projects with federal involvement. Section 106 review ensures that preservation values are factored into federal agency planning and decisions. This review process should be complete by year-end. Once all funding sources have been identified and federal processes are completed construction will commence. 

Avondale Station TOD

Development Partner: Development Authority of the City of Decatur and Columbia Ventures
Proposed Development: The project is slated to include approximately 338 apartments, including 96 affordable senior independent living units, 34 condominiums, 35,000 square feet of commercial space and 40,000 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: The Federal Transit Administration has provided preliminary approval of our proposed approach to replacement and shared parking for this project; however, MARTA continues to work with Columbia Ventures to secure funding for the replacement patron parking. An application was submitted to ARC for funds to construct replacement parking and bus bays. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2016, if funds are secured.
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. Transparency is an important part of our development process, and by following our project page, you’ll have the opportunity to stay engaged as updates are announced and progress is made.

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. The project is slated to include approximately 395 apartments, including 20% affordable units, 20,000 square feet of cultural space and 10,000 square feet of commercial space.
Project Status: The Federal Transit Administration has provided preliminary approval of our proposed approach to replacement and shared parking for this project. Negotiations have been finalized with the developer. After an extensive community engagement process Atlanta City Council approved the rezoning of the site to PD-MU. Construction is expected to commence in early 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. Transparency is an important part of our development process, and by following our project page, you’ll have the opportunity to stay engaged as updates are announced and progress is made.

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 630 residential units, including 20% affordable units, 120,000 square feet of office space, 70,000 square feet of retail space, 40,000 square feet of civic space and 150 hotel rooms.
Project Status: Negotiations on the Term Sheet have commenced. MARTA and the development partner will be working with the City of Brookhaven to outline the community engagement and entitlement processes.

Chamblee Station TOD

Development Partner: Trackside Partners, a joint venture of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and Parkside Partners Inc.
Proposed Development: Phase one 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 two 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 Term Sheet have commenced. MARTA and the development partner will be meeting with the City of Chamblee to outline the community engagement and entitlement processes. Construction is slated to commence 2Q 2016.

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

Oakland City Station TOD

A Request for Proposals ("RFP") was released on August 31 for the initial phase of development at the Oakland City Station on the closed 3.7-acre surface parking lot. The property will be conveyed to the awardee through a ninety-nine (99) year ground lease. The intent of this RFP is to identify a development partner to convert the entire property into a high-quality transit oriented development. 

This station has been identified as a near-term development opportunity based on its proximity to several catalytic redevelopment projects, including: 1) Fort McPherson, located directly south of the station, which Tyler Perry Studios intends to acquire and redevelop, 2) Atlanta BeltLine Inc.'s purchase of the 16-acre Murphy Crossing site .6 miles to the north for redevelopment and 3) the 3-mile, $43 million Westside Trail project which is currently under construction and will cross at Lee Street. 

On October 5 the Atlanta City Council approved the rezoning of the site to MRC-3 in accordance with the recommendations set forth in the Oakland City Station Engagement Report

A copy of the RFP can be downloaded from MARTA's website.

En Route Mural Program

MARTA recently announced a new partnership 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 MARTA Station, followed by Oakland City MARTA Station, Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA Station, and a station to be named on a later date.

In September MARTA recieved notification that it was one of only four applicants selected  by the Atlanta Regional Commission to receive a grant through its Atlanta Regional Public Art Program.  MARTA will receive $15,000 towards the installation of  a mural at the King Memorial Station. MARTA was selected as a finalist because our project realizes the full mission of the program, and has the potential to be regionally relevant and inspiring.  

In August MARTA also received a Tourism Product Development (TPD) award of $13,187 from the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Additional funding support for En Route comes in part from a prestigious $50,000 grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture, and additional support from the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Community meetings have begun for the King Memorial mural and meetings will begin shortly for the Oakland City mural. Implementation will begin in spring 2016.

Retail and Concessions Program 

On July 17 MARTA launched the West End Station Fresh Produce Initiative in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative (SWAG). The pilot program was created to provide customers and West End residents with improved access to fresh produce in a convenient and attractive location. The Fresh MARTA Market offers a wide variety of affordable fruits and vegetables such as kale, carrots, cucumbers, mint, okra, tomatoes, basil, squash, apples and blueberries. The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) two-for-one match is 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 Fresh MARTA Market is open every Friday and, so far, it has served hundreds of customers and sold more than 500 pounds of produce each week.  MARTA will evaluate the expansion of this program to other rail stations once the pilot at West End concludes on October 30.     


MARTA, in partnership with the consulting team of Greystone Management Solutions and Smith Real Estate Services, continues to work towards implementation of the second phase of its retail concessions program. We hope to launch the Phase II solicitation in 2016, following proposed amendments to the MARTA Act. 

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