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Consultants seek public input to develop vision for future of East Lake MARTA station

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Consultants seek public input to develop vision for future of East Lake MARTA station

FILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: 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

On Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., come out to the Walking Audit Tour and Design Workshop to help decide the future for the East Lake MARTA Station.

The Walking Audit will start at the North Parking Lot of the East Lake MARTA Station at 9 a.m. Consultants from TSW, Toole Design Group, and Noell Consulting Group will lead tours to see existing conditions of the surrounding streets.

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If you plan to participate, dress for a 2.1 mile walk to the Bessie Branham Recreation Center and sign up ahead of time at https://elmwalkingaudit.eventbrite.com. There will be Revolution Doughnuts and Coffee provided.

Following the Walking Audit at 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., there will be an open house Design Workshop at Bessie Branham Recreation Center, located at 2051 Delano Drive NE in Atlanta.

The workshop will include “interactive activities with 3D Conceptual Models” and hot dogs for sale from Doggy Dogg Hotdog Stand from 12 to 2 p.m.

In addition to participating in this Saturday event, you can contribute to the future plans of the East Lake MARTA Station by filling out the online survey: https://courbanize.com/projects/east-lake-station/survey.

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.

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