Connecting Atlanta’s rich history to a vibrant future. This is the mission of the Atlanta BeltLine. And, since its opening, the series of trails has done just that; opening up a whole new world of opportunity to businesses, Atlanta real estate and community residents alike.
The Eastside Trail is the first finished section of the BeltLine in the old rail corridor, and it runs from the tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Offering a combination of linear greenspace and multi-use trail, this section has become especially popular among the community.
Currently, BeltLine and City of Atlanta officials are working together to extend the Eastside Trail through Reynoldstown to Glenwood Park. Once the Edgewood Avenue bridge is completed in 2014, construction will then begin on an extension from Dekalb Avenue to Glenwood Avenue.
In addition, the Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee recently approved project officials’ application for an $18 million TIGER grant to supplement the $47 million needed for a 2.4 mile bike and pedestrian trial between Lena Street and Allene Avenue. Known as the Southwest Trail, the project is still pending GDOT approval for a October or November start date, but would connect four parks an existing BeltLine bike trail located outside the old railroad corridor.
“It would essentially allow us to construct the same type of facility on the west side that we’ve been able to open on the east side,” said Tom Weyandt, Mayor Kasim Reed’s transportation advisor.
Also fueling the buzz surrounding the Southwest Trail is the resurrection of the old Atlanta Farmers’ Market and development of the BeltLine Urban Farm.
“There are definitely mixed emotions for residents when it comes to the cost versus benefit of the BeltLine Project, but personally I am excited to see the potential for the city to be connected in a completely revolutionary way,” says Jessica Fessler, our Social Media and Community Outreach Manager. “If city and project officials continue down a path that is both respectful of residents and innovative in design, I believe the end result will breathe new life into Atlanta and inspire other major cities to consider similar movements.”
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