Decatur rezones area around Avondale MARTA station to mixed use

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 30, 2018

Decatur City Hall.

The Decatur City Commission recently voted to rezone 45.5 acres in the east Decatur area to allow for mixed use development.

The area, often referred to as the East Decatur Station area, is made up of 66 parcels off of East College Avenue and South Columbia Drive.

A mixed use development at the Avondale MARTA station is currently under construction. It will provide 92 senior affordable units and 288 market rate units.

City Planning Director Angela Threadgill previously said the mixed-use zoning is a step toward “[reinforcing] mixed-use, transit-oriented development surrounding the Avondale MARTA Station.”

Prior to the City Commission’s approval of the new zoning on May 21, much of the property was zoned for heavy commercial uses.

The rezoning is intended to “guide growth and future development in the area” in the next 20+ years, according to a presentation at the May 21 City Commission meeting.

Under the mixed use zoning, the city intends for the area to be redeveloped as “vibrant and sustainable mixed-use communities combining residential, retail and office uses.” The city also expects the development to “promote diversity in housing and commercial options,” and “create walkable, pedestrian-scaled environments that accommodate and encourage multiple modes of transportation.”

Here is a copy of the Power Point presentation the City Commission received at its May 21 meeting:

5-8 Condensed Rezoning Presentation

 

 

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