ARC Facilitates Spring and Summer Workshops in Atlanta and McDonough

The Atlanta Regional Commission facilitated two workshops over the spring and summer — one in the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station area in Atlanta, and the other in downtown McDonough in Henry County.

Edgewood Charrette

Southface and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) led a group of local non-profits, professionals and stakeholders to undertake the Edgewood design charrette in April 2011. This charrette spanned four days and focused on exploring and formulating a vision for a transit-oriented development (TOD) on the underutilized MARTA parking lot on the south side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station, in the Edgewood community of Atlanta. The Edgewood community was chosen as the focus area because of the considerable planning and implementation progress that the City of Atlanta, Zeist Foundation, MARTA and the Edgewood community have already undertaken.  The goals of the charrette included advancing the MARTA TOD Guidelines, advancing previous planning studies completed in the Edgewood area, and fostering coordination of activities among the essential TOD stakeholders in the region.

The final report and other charrette products are available on ARC’s TOD page.

McDonough Workshop

The City of McDonough completed their original Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study for the McDonough Town Center in 2004. In 2011, the City applied for and was awarded an LCI supplemental study grant to further implementation of the original 2004 study. Through the supplemental study scope of work, the City sought to maximize its opportunity for mixed-use and quality infill development; to improve linkages and access to both active and passive recreational amenities within walking distance of the Town Square; improve street, sidewalk and path connectivity; and strengthen existing downtown businesses.

To accomplish this goal, the City requested LCI funding to hire a consultant to complete three projects: a business retention/recruitment analysis, a connectivity and mobility plan, and a mixed use overlay zoning ordinance. Additionally, as a part of its application, the City asked for ARC’s assistance in organizing and managing a four-day charrette/workshop to kick off the larger scope of work that a consultant would subsequently be hired to complete.

The ARC team was instructed to focus on several key issue areas during the charrette:

  • Lifelong Communities (LLC) Principles
  • Wayfinding signage and parking issues in the downtown area
  • Context-sensitive design and connectivity/mobility issues
  • Tourism, cultural events and the arts
  • Urban design guidelines

The McDonough workshop was held from June 13-16, 2011. The week kicked off with a public meeting held at the Hazlehurst House in downtown McDonough, and smaller technical meetings were held throughout the week.

The final report is available on ARC’s LCI Implementation page.

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