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Planning Complete, Beltline Project Looks Ahead

Apr 24, 2012

The Atlanta City Council recently signed off on the last major planning document for the Beltline. The project’s developers are now looking at a new set of priorities. 

The 16,000 acre redevelopment project known as the Beltline is broken into 10 sections of metro Atlanta. After more than 180 public meetings, planning for each of those sections is now complete.

Looking ahead, Beltline spokesman Ethan Davidson says he’s setting his sights on this summer’s expected completion of the Eastside Trail, which will connect Piedmont Park to Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward.

“It’s really exciting because this is really going to be the first realization of what the Beltline has to offer. You’ll have a magnificent 14 foot wide concrete trail that people can use to walk, run, ride their bike.”

Also this summer, Davidson says the Beltline team is going to be focused on helping educate voters prior to July’s regional transportation referendum.

“If it were to pass, it would build five miles of transit on the Atlanta Beltline, as well as five miles of the city streetcar system connecting the Atlanta Beltline into downtown and midtown as well as the MARTA system.”

The Beltline has already opened a number of walking trails and park grounds, including Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park near downtown Atlanta, and the Boulevard Crossing Park in South Atlanta.