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Final open house about East Lake MARTA study set for Feb. 26

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Final open house about East Lake MARTA study set for Feb. 26


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The entrance to the East Lake MARTA station. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

A final public open house to discuss a study about the future of the East Lake MARTA station is set for Monday, Feb. 26.

It starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at Church of the Epiphany, Parish Hall,  2089 Ponce De Leon Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307.

“We will give a brief presentation of our previous survey results and the revised plans then break for input activities,” the meeting announcement says.

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The city of Decatur,  the city of Atlanta and MARTA have been gathering input from residents about what they’d like to see happen around the station. The study could eventually lead to mixed-use redevelopment in the area. Currently the Avondale MARTA station, also in the city of Decatur, is being turned into a mixed-use “transit oriented” development.

“Located at the center of the five neighborhoods (Lake Claire, Druid Hills, Lenox Place / Parkwood, Oakhurst, and Kirkwood), the East Lake MARTA Station has the potential to become the ‘front porch’ of the neighborhoods by providing needed amenities and connectivity,” the meeting announcement says.

The East Lake study includes 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.

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. Any redevelopment is likely years away, but the study will help guide how the development moves forward.

To learn more abut the various proposals being considered, click here.

Here’s a flyer about the Feb. 26 meeting.


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