Transportation has been one of the biggest thorns in metro Atlanta’s side for years.
As more and more people want to cut down on time spent on traffic, and live more sustainably in general, public transit has become a big issue.
That being said, it’s no small feat to start laying down railroad tracks, particularly with so much development over the last thirty years. Many of the changes people would like to see–like expanding MARTA to Alpharetta or creating high speed trains to Chattanooga or Charlotte–will take years of planning, political and legal battles, and construction, if they ever come to fruition.
But metro Atlanta is not sitting still. Rather than wait for transit to expand, cities like Chamblee are embarking on projects to expand amenities around existing transportation options.
On May 10, Chamblee broke ground on a project called Trackside, a $25 redevelopment of the areas surrounding the Chamblee MARTA station at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Chamblee Tucker Road.
“There is a growing need in and around the City of Atlanta for amenities that support transit-friendly lifestyles as well as increase the opportunity for development,” said MARTA GM/CEO Keith Parker. “We are excited to introduce Trackside, which leverages transportation to create a vibrant, walkable and sustainable community.”
The redevelopment includes 70,000 square-feet of office space, 10,000 square-feet of retail space and 4,300 square-feet of green space, and is expected to be completed in Spring 2018.
The metro Atlanta area is clearly taking their cues from the buzz surrounding the Atlanta BeltLine, and they are acting quickly. From the Alpharetta Beltline to City Center in Sandy Springs, the metro area is keeping up with demand in the best way they can.
As the in-town Atlanta market continues its upward trend, many folks will be pleased to find such great options surrounding Atlanta. Those who are looking to make the jump early stand to make a good return on their investment.