Got opinions about the future of the East Lake MARTA station? Take this surveyThe entrance to the East Lake MARTA station. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
The city of Decatur, the city of Atlanta and MARTA are continuing to gather input about a future redevelopment of the East Lake MARTA station.
The community input will guide 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 and something similar could happen at the East Lake station. The East Lake study would include the MARTA station and the half-mile radius around the station. The station is underutilized. It 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.
The survey includes renderings of redevelopment concepts for different parts of the station.
“Your input over the last two months and six events generated several concept diagrams for the East Lake MARTA Station study area,” a press release from the city says. “Now’s the time to share, once again, your feedback on each of the concepts for the north parking lot, the south parking lot, potential future AT&T redevelopment, and street improvements for East Lake Drive, College Avenue, and Park Place. You’ll want to allow 15-20 minutes to complete the survey that can be found, here http://www.surveygizmo.
Short term proposals include a temporary dog park, food truck events and shipping container-style retail and office space.
Longer term proposals include 140 to 190 housing units on the north side of the station, 184 to 289 units on the south side and 73 to 159 units on the AT&T property. The redevelopment would also include traffic calming solutions.
Here are the design options presented in the survey: