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City of Decatur holding two community meetings about future of East Lake MARTA station

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City of Decatur holding two community meetings about future of East Lake MARTA station

A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips
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A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips

The city of Decatur is starting a “visioning process” that could ultimately lead to a redevelopment of the East Lake MARTA station.

In July, commissioners awarded a $125,000 contract to TSW for study of the East Lake MARTA station. Most of that money is coming from a $100,000 grant. The rest of the cost will be divided among the city of Decatur, the city of Atlanta and MARTA.

The study could eventually lead to redevelopment of the station. Currently the Avondale MARTA station, also in the city of Decatur, is being turned into a mixed-use “transit oriented” development. The East Lake study would include the MARTA station and the half-mile radius around the station, which the city says is underutilized. The station has 621 on-site parking spaces and only 39 percent of the spaces are used, on average. It is the second-most under utilized MARTA station in the system in terms of ridership numbers.

There will be two Open House meetings next week on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

Here’s more information from the city of Decatur:

The community is invited to participate in two public participation opportunities:

KICK-OFF: COMMUNITY ACADEMY AND OPEN HOUSE
Monday, September 25 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive
Join the discussion on population density, demographics, transportation, and economic development topics within in the first hour, then allow for input, questions, and comments thereafter.

KICK-OFF: OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, September 26 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive
Identified topics from the Community Academy meeting get repeated here in an open house environment. Drop by, review, and chime in. Expect a half hour to participate.

For more detailed information, visit decaturnext.com.

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