ARC Names 2013 Developments of Excellence

Developments of Excellence Named at ARC State of the Region Event

(ATLANTA – November 1, 2013) — The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recognized four of metro Atlanta’s most innovative developments or places with its 2013 Developments of Excellence Awards. The winners, announced at ARC’s annual State of the Region breakfast on Friday, November 1, were:

  • Oliver House at Allen Wilson, Development of Excellence
  • Piedmont Park, Great Place
  • Woodstock West, Exceptional Merit for Livable Centers Initiative Achievement
  • Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail, Exceptional Merit for Transformational Redevelopment

The Developments of Excellence awards recognize projects in the 10-county Atlanta region that exemplify cutting-edge, livable designs that are helping to set a new standard for future development. The “Great Place” award is given to a place in metro Atlanta that represents livability and sustainability, but is not necessarily a single, private development.

“We are pleased to recognize developments and places that offer new options for living or add to our general quality of life,” said ARC Chairman Tad Leithead. This was the 15th year ARC has presented the Developments of Excellence awards.

To view videos of this year’s winning projects, visit http://www.atlantaregional.com/info-center/state-of-the-region-update.

2013 Development of Excellence Award: Oliver House at Allen Wilson

Located in downtown Decatur, the Allen Wilson Terrace was originally built in 1941 as public housing.  Phase I of the complete redevelopment of this project by the Decatur Housing Authority opened in 2011, consisting of two row-house style apartment buildings. Phase II is Oliver House, an affordable housing complex for seniors. This four-story, 82,000 square foot public-private partnership contains 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments that address the community’s concern for its aging population.

Oliver House is certified under the Earthcraft Multifamily program and features solar power generation, geothermal heating and air, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and toilets, high-efficiency fixtures and appliances and paints and carpets with low amounts of volatile organic compounds.

2013 Great Place: Piedmont Park

Having served metro Atlantans for well over 100 years, Midtown’s Piedmont Park is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the region. The 211-acre park fell into disrepair from overuse in the 1970s. Since then, it has received more than $66 million of investment, expanding its amenities to support a myriad of uses throughout the year, including regional events and entertainment. Most recently, six new pedestrian entrances were added, along with a xeriscaped fountain, aquatic center, four new public restrooms, bocce courts and accessible trails throughout. Other improvements include the restoration of creeks that traverse the park, a renovated dog park, a new welcome plaza and the conversion of a deteriorating bathhouse into the Greystone event facility.

2013 Exceptional Merit for Livable Centers Initiative Achievement: Woodstock West

Woodstock West, by Walton Communities, is the latest facet of the City of Woodstock’s plan to re-imagine its downtown, which began in 2002 when the city applied for its first Livable Centers Initiative grant. The 308-unit development features abundant greenspace, bike trails, covered parking, an outdoor grilling kitchen, a dog park and pool and fitness center. Two of Woodstock West’s buildings will eventually host retail on the first floor.

The development’s proximity to downtown Woodstock not only provides its roughly 700 residents with access to shopping, services and restaurants, but it also helps the city continue to strengthen its position as a retail and restaurant destination for the region. Additional connection to the Greenprints trail system offers residents great access to other parts of Woodstock, a way to safely cross I-575 and connections to the larger regional trail network.

2013 Exceptional Merit for Transformational Redevelopment: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

For almost 100 years, railroad tracks separated some of Atlanta’s oldest vibrant in-town neighborhoods.  Today, residents of those neighborhoods converge along the converted rail bed at the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. It is a 2-mile long, 14-foot wide concrete path that supports walking, jogging, bicycling, skateboarding and other outdoor activities.

The Eastside Trail provides a safe environment to enjoy the natural beauty of the linear arboretum planted by Trees Atlanta or some of the public art on display.  Residents and visitors alike take advantage of their new connections to adjacent neighborhoods, as well as to Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park Trail. The Eastside Trail also symbolizes the revitalization of the area. To date, there has been more than $700 million in private real estate investment within a half-mile of the trail.

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