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Buckhead CID fast-tracking Peachtree project
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@neighbornewspapers.com
September 25, 2013 04:51 PM | 1596 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Buckhead Community Improvement District is moving full speed ahead on the final two phases of the Peachtree Road transformation, with plans to vote on final proposals at its Oct. 29 board meeting.

The district issued a request for proposal Sept. 20 for the last portion of the project, which will run south through Buckhead to the southern border of the district. The first two phases revitalized Peachtree from Maple Drive to Roxboro Road.

Brian McHugh, director of transportation and planning, said during the district’s monthly meeting Tuesday at the Tower Place 100 building the development process will also include a public information meeting involving the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta, which he plans to hold prior to the start of winter holidays.

“It’s tight,” Executive Director Jim Durrett said of the project deadlines. “But you’re not gonna hit it if you don’t aim high.”

The extended project outlined in the request for proposal comes just a month after board member Robin Loudermilk took issue with the initial plan failing to span Peachtree through the entire district (which ends at The Peach shopping center) and lack of a detailed design.

McHugh said he will be working with all stakeholders, including neighborhood representatives, to get the project started as soon as possible. He also plans to create a Web-based tool for the public to respond to the proposed plans and get general input. McHugh said he estimated the project would be completed by June.

Running from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue, the third phase of the work involves developing Peachtree into a complete street, making it more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. The fourth phase, spanning between West Shadowlawn Avenue and Sheridan Drive, will involve resurfacing pavement and rebuilding sidewalks and curbs.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to solicit proposals for a contractor to assess the maintenance and repair needs within the district, including potholes and other road hazards.

“There’s lots of [annoying] stuff that ought to be fixed down there [in Buckhead Village] and this would be a programmatic way to address taking care of it,” Durrett said.

Durrett’s initial proposal for the assessment was solely for the village, but board members overwhelmingly voiced a need to identify necessary repairs throughout the district.

Board Chairman David Allman said it would also help identify whether the district or the city is responsible for fixing each of the problems.

Sally Silver, a representative from District 7 Councilman Howard Shook’s office, said city council is considering a citywide bond referendum next year. Shook is looking to ensure Buckhead gets its fair share of money to fix these types of issues throughout the community and extending past the district.

“We’ve sort of started making a list, so this is good timing,” she said.

What’s next: The Buckhead CID’s board is expected to vote on the final Peachtree Road project proposals at its Oct. 29 meeting.

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