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Work continues on the implementation of transit oriented development ("TOD") projects at our King Memorial StationAvondale Station and Edgewood/Candler Park Station. Proposals have been received and are currently under review for the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Station and Chamblee Station

MARTA's third annual Development Day was held on June 5 at the Historic Academy of Medicine in Midtown. Over 150 attendees learned about MARTA’s progress in advancing the TOD initiative over the past year. Several new TOD opportunities were discussed, including the Arts Center Station and Oakland City Station. Notable land use strategist, developer, teacher and author Chris Leinberger discussed the evolution of Atlanta's transit-oriented, walkable urbanism. Representatives from Columbia Ventures, one of MARTA's development partners, presented a case study on financing TOD in Atlanta.

We are excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Food Oasis to provide fresh produce at the West End Station while we continue to resolve issues regarding the implementation of our retail and concessions program.

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. Once all funding sources have been identified construction will commence. 

MARTA recently announced a new partnership with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance to launch En Route, a program designed to install public art in select MARTA transit stations. The program will be 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. 

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 recently 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 late 2015 or early 2016, if funds are secured.

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 recently 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.

Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station TOD

On March 25 MARTA released a Request for Proposals ("RFP") to those firms that were pre-qualified through the Request for Qualifications ("RFQ") process. Proposals were received on June 12 and are under review by MARTA's Source Evaluation Committee. MARTA seeks to redevelop this 15-acre property into a high-quality, mixed-use, transit oriented development, consisting of residential, commercial and civic components. 

Chamblee Station TOD

A Request for Proposals ("RFP") for Lot 1 at the Chamblee Station was released on March 31. This 2.16-acre property is located in the City of Chamblee at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Chamblee Tucker Road. Originally acquired for a park and ride lot, the surface parking lot has been closed since 2006. 

Proposals were received on June 15 and are under review by MARTA's Source Evaluation Committee. 

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, air rights lease or other appropriate and mutually agreed upon transaction. 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. 

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

Proposals are due to MARTA on September 3. 

Oakland City Station TOD

On March 16 the Atlanta City Council adopted the Oakland City Station Engagement Report which will allow for the incorporation of recommendations from the community planning process into the Comprehensive Development Plan. Legislation has been introduced to Atlanta City Council to rezone the site from C-2 and R-5 to MRC-3

Later this summer MARTA intends to release a Request for Proposals ("RFP") for the initial phase of development at the station on the closed 3-acre surface parking lot. Future phases of development at the site will occur on the northern parking lots and bus intermodal. 

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. 

Retail and Concessions Program 

On July 17 MARTA launched the West End Station Fresh Produce Initiative in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. From now until early October residents and riders will be able to purchase fresh produce at the West End Station on Friday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Fresh MARTA Market is managed in partnership with Food Oasis, Community Farmers Market and the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative. These organizations work closely with West End residents to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food habits. If successful, this program may be introduced at other stations throughout the system. 

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 necessary amendments to the MARTA Act. 

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