Architect/landscape/urban designer Peter Drey’s d+e=design+environment and MARTA have plans for the Oakland City station, just south the BeltLine and Adair Park Historic District, just north of Fort McPherson, and on the way to the airport. The site is on Castleberry Hill’s Peters Street, south, after it becomes Lee Street, and before you get to East Point.
The Oakland City mixed-use development is the only TOD project south of I-20 to be selected by MARTA staff as one of five to move forward in 2015.
“It brings in new people,”said Lela Randle, president of the Oakland City Community Organization. “[B]ut it also can help us as a community have more faith. We do have people in the neighborhood that have kind of lost hope. And there is hope, there’s plenty of beauty in the neighborhood — and so when you bring stuff like this in, it does help us, as residents and owners, to see the beauty.”
“I think it looks great,” said Scott Dupree, an artist who lives nearby, referring to the architect’s renderings.
According to Creative Loafing, “a report of the TOD planning process is now being prepared, and its contents will have to be adopted as an amendment to the Oakland City/Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative. That process requires an Neighborhood Planning Unit vote and a public hearing in March or June before the amendment appears before the City Council. The MARTA property must be rezoned to allow mixed use development — a move that also requires legislation to appear before the NPU and Zoning Review board before heading to the City Council”.
“MARTA is planning to partner with private developers and start turning some of the transit agency’s parking lots into mixed-use developments. Brookhaven, King Memorial, and Avondale Estates stations have already been selected for the program aimed at increasing ridership and shoring up the transit agency’s balance sheets.”
The context of Oakland City: