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In 2015 we exceeded our goal to have five TODs underway by spring 2015. Development partners have been selected for projects at five stations: King Memorial StationEdgewood/Candler Park StationAvondale StationChamblee Station and Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Station. Proposals are currently under review for the Arts Center Station and Oakland City Station.

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 January Debbie Frank and Derrick Barker joined us as Senior Development Project Managers. Ms. Frank has over 20 years of experience as a real estate developer, city planner and community development leader in Nashville. Mr. Barker spent several years on Wall Street as a municipal bond trader and in 2010 founded an Atlanta-based development company.  

MARTA continues our work in partnership with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance to implement the En Route mural program, through which public art will be installed at our stations in conjunction with the TOD program. 

The Fresh MARTA Market closed out its inaugural season at the West End Station on October 30 and staff is now evaluating the program impact and determining the possibility of expanding to additional stations, including Five Points.

We look forward to partnering with you in 2016 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 370 multifamily units, 20% of which will be set aside for affordable housing, and approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
Project Status: Staff is working with the Federal Transit Administration to conduct a Section 106 review. Section 106 of the National Preservation Act of 1966 requires consideration of historic preservation in projects with federal involvement to ensure that preservation values are factored into federal agency planning and decisions. This review process should be complete in February. Once this process is complete environmental remediation can commence. 

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: Negotiations have been finalized with the developer and construction is expected to commence following Federal Transit Administration approval in 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. 

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, including 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: MARTA received notification from the Atlanta Regional Commission in November 2015 that staff recommended funding to construct the required replacement parking and bus bays. Additionally, in November the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provided notification of the award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the affordable senior independent living project. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016, pending Federal Transit Administration approval. 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 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 are underway. MARTA will host a City-wide forum and meetings in each City Council District in February to introduce residents to the concept of TOD and discuss what is proposed for the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station. Visit our project page to learn the date and location of each meeting, 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 Term Sheet are final. MARTA and the development partner are working to schedule a community forum 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.

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. 

Proposals were received on October 30 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 MARTA Station, followed by Oakland City MARTA Station, Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA Station, and a station to be named on a later date.

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

Fresh MARTA Market 

October 30 was the final day of the West End Station Fresh Produce Initiative, a program created to provide customers and West End residents with improved access to fresh produce in a convenient and attractive location. The Fresh MARTA Market offered a wide variety of affordable fruits and vegetables such as kale, carrots, cucumbers, mint, okra, tomatoes, basil, squash, apples and blueberries. The market served over 2,000 customers who purchased more than 600 pounds of produce each week. 

MARTA is working with program partners, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative (SWAG), to evaluate the expansion of this program to other rail stations.

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