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Buckhead CID discusses area transportation, construction
by Caroline Young
April 23, 2013 05:50 PM | 2003 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED AT 11 P.M. TUESDAY WITH CORRECTED INFORMATION ON RESTORATION HARDWARE'S LOCATION)

Initial plans for a new wall to go up on Peachtree Road in Buckhead in front of a new Restoration Hardware have been nixed by the city of Atlanta.

Denise Starling, Livable Buckhead’s executive director, said the Design Review Committee “took a hardline approach” to combat the wall proposed by Restoration Hardware, which will be moving in next to the Cheesecake Factory, in the old ESPN Zone space.

“The DRC had heartburn over it,” Starling said Tuesday at the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s monthly meeting in the Terminus 100 Building in Buckhead. “Restoration Hardware submitted an updated plan, and they got it last week at the city. It looks pretty good.”

She said the new design includes a wall but it contains real windows, and creates the outdoor space the furniture store was initially going for but follows with the street plan.

In other news, Starling said design plans are 95 percent completed for phase one of the Ga. 400 trail, which will extend from Lenox Road to Old Ivy Road. They will be 100 percent complete by the end of the month, she said, followed by a final field plan review.

“The city pretty much missed all the deadlines last month for having all agreements in place,” she said.

However, Starling said she is meeting with both the city’s parks and recreation and public works departments this week to set things straight.

“We should be totally on schedule for June 17 adoption by council,” she said. “Construction will begin in January or February of next year.”

The trail’s official name, logo and prototype sign will be released for the first time Friday in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Buckhead Market Report, Starling said.

She also said the large retaining wall on Lenox Road may be sandblasted with “Buckhead” written into it, tying in with the Ga. 400 Gateway project, which will essentially serve as the interstate entrance into Buckhead.

“It’s coming along nicely. We’re moving,” she said.

District Executive Director Jim Durrett said Peter Drey, who owns the company d + e = design environment, started refining the concept of the Gateway design.

“We’ll have something to bring to the board in terms of the next iteration by May,” Durrett said.

In other news, Director of Transportation and Planning Brian McHugh said the new Buckhead MARTA pedestrian bridge and the Ga. 400 pedestrian flyover bridge, which is set to open in the end of November, are under the same construction contractor, Archer Western. Tollbooths will also be removed from Ga. 400 at the same time.

McHugh said MARTA updated its bridge completion goal to mid-December, which he considers an “aggressive” one, considering its current status.

“Hopefully they’ll be on track,” he said. “It will all be finished this year or shortly thereafter.”

The board’s next election for new board members to fill posts four, six and eight will be held at next month’s meeting May 28.
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