The public will soon get a glimpse at updated plans for and progress on the Peachtree Road transformation project.
Brian McHugh, director of transportation for the Buckhead Community Improvement District, updated the board of directors on two major projects at its monthly meeting Tuesday at Tower Place in Buckhead.
The Peachtree Road project, which is aimed at making the major thoroughfare more pedestrian-friendly and easily navigable, has been ongoing since 2007.
McHugh said he is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to get the concept plan for the third phase of the development approved.
“That will get us into the [planning of] the right-of-way phase,” McHugh said of Phase 3, set to be completed in 2016.
The design work for the fourth and final phase, which includes road striping and lane reduction south of Shadowlawn Avenue, will begin this fall, McHugh said. Permits for Phase 4 have already been secured with the city of Atlanta and are in the final stages of approval with GDOT, he said.
“We’ve had meetings with stakeholders in the [Buckhead] Village,” he said, noting the business owners were interested in moving the project along more quickly to make it concurrent with the improvements with the village’s street redesign project.
Board member Robin Loudermilk voiced concern about the scope of the project and that it would not include all businesses located within the district.
“Now to come out with a completion plan and there’s no plan to go past Peachtree and Paces Ferry and it might go to Pharr, and there’s certainly no plans to go to Peach [shopping center]… it just doesn’t sit well with anybody,” Loudermilk said. “It’s kind of getting to a boiling point.”
Executive Director Jim Durrett said he and McHugh would sit down with the consultants and come up with “the right approach” to engage people in that area and see how they could address their needs.
“There is not going to be a no-man’s land between Pharr Road and East Paces Ferry,” Durrett said, adding he plans to work with the city of Atlanta to make sure it’s all married so businesses in the area will have new roads with better functioning traffic.
Moving forward, the members agreed the district staff would meet with business owners and stakeholders prior to holding a public information meeting about the improvements in the coming months, possibly in September at the Buckhead Theatre.
In other business, the board unanimously approved levying a 3-mill ad valorem tax for the district. The rate has remained steady since 2008.