The Atlanta City Council gave the yes on spending $20m on three acres of land. The entire project with end up around $100m when complete and will end with a border of the park at the corner of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue.
Envisioned with this project is a new gateway arch along the Beltline’s future route. Per Mayor Kasim Reed, the gateway arch will “provide a landmark gateway entrance to the crown jewel of our park system”.
For the near future, shops and restaurants located there will be paying rent to the city.
I’m wondering how this will effect the traffic on this already busy corner! Let’s hope they are smart there and property route everything in and out as well as tie properly into the traffic pattern and current lights/turn signals.
Excited to see how this turns out as it would be a pretty entry with the Botanical Gardens right behind. If you have not been to those lately, they have a new children’s garden: http://atlantabg.org/explore/children-s-garden
Expansion art from City of Atlanta: