Construction is booming in Atlanta. Almost everywhere you look a new building is rising from the ground, many of which are near MARTA stations. (A good thing, as traffic seems to be getting worse every day.) Read on to explore five of the more interesting transit-accessible developments underway that will provide new options in how we live, work and play.
1. Lindbergh Center
Gone are the low-income apartments near Morosgo Drive and Piedmont Road across the street from the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. The land has been cleared to make way for a needed grocery store in the area, Kroger, and more apartment buildings are under construction (adding to the already large number in the area). A booming “apartment city,” the Lindbergh area will be that much more livable with grocery options other than Target. Senior housing, single-family houses and townhomes are also part of the construction plans, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
So if you’re moving to Atlanta or looking for a new place to live, Lindbergh Center definitely has options. Commute time on the train to Midtown is only six minutes, three minutes to Buckhead and 10 minutes to Peachtree Center — one of the few times when driving the same routes is actually slower.
The big question on the table: Will the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN MARTA station get a name change once the Georgia Dome no longer exists? Construction of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is moving along, and the view next to the MARTA station is worth a stop, especially as we won’t always be able to see the two stadiums side by side. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2017, and proposals for a bridge path to and from the Vine City MARTA station are under review (view sample designs). The new stadium is also very close to the existing Georgia Dome exit at the Dome MARTA station, so we’ll be happy if MARTA renovates that exit to provide access to the street instead of what will be a non-existent Georgia Dome.
3. Inman Park/Reynoldstown
More apartments are under construction across from the Edgewood Retail District in Reynoldstown, less than a 10-minute walk from the Inman Park MARTA station. Station R is set to open in 2016 and will have high-end finishes and an outdoor space that will include a resort-style pool and bocce ball court. New apartments in the area are rare, and this new development has the perk of easy MARTA access while also being across the street from Kroger, Target and Barnes and Noble. Plus, Little Five Points is just up the street. Reynoldstown has slowly been redeveloping, and hopefully this project will kick-start more area improvements as the neighborhood currently isn’t as safe as its northern neighbor.
4. Edgewood/Candler Park
Spoke, the transit-oriented development next to the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station has broken ground. In addition to 224 apartments, retail and restaurants, a performing arts center and park are part of the plans. The development is replacing the parking lot on the south side of the MARTA station, and commuters can utilize both the blue and green line trains on weekdays to get to and from Spoke. Phase I construction is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017.
The old General Motors plant is undergoing a huge transformation into a mixed-used development named Assembly (pictured above). Once complete, it will have a direct connection to the Doraville MARTA station and include Third Rail Studios (movie and TV production), coffee shops, restaurants and companies that support the film and TV industries. Third Rail is scheduled to open in 2016, perhaps even early 2016, with different phases of the Assembly project to finish at later dates. View renderings of what the site might look like courtesy of Creative Loafing.