$43 Million Expansion of Beltline Kicks Off at Adair Park

by Peter Thomas Ricci


Map of the Atlanta Beltline system.

The city of Atlanta kicked off the most ambitious expansion yet for its Beltline system, a comprehensive infrastructure project aimed at connecting Atlanta’s various neighborhoods via walkable trails.

According to a report by Decaturish, the “Westside Trail,” as it’s called, will create a three-mile corridor from Allene Avenue to Washington Park (near the Ashby Marta Station). The two-year project will cost $43 million, with $18 million of the funds coming from a TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation; $15 million from state/local funds; and $10 million from private donations.

“[The Westside Trail] is going to power families and communities to come together and be stronger,” Mayor Kasim Reed told Decaturish. “It’s going to connect people, connect schools, connect people to jobs … So just the fact that we’ve broken ground will encourage people to come out and visit. Investment will come, I think jobs will be created, new restaurants, new shops and I think there’s going to be a higher quality of life.”

The Westside Trail will also connect to four neighborhood schools and four parks, and will have 14 different access points; in addition, there will be 40 acres of green space along the route, including hundreds of native trees.

Thus far, $775 million has been spent on redevelopment within a half mile of the Eastside Trail, a testament to the popularity of the project; indeed, Marc Nicholson, the lead agent of the Remarcable Real Estate Team and an associate broker/owner of Keller Williams Buckhead, said he’s seen the Beltline create considerable demand for homes in the market.

“Now, you can walk from the Intown neighborhoods – areas that had gone into great decay – to Piedmont Park, and you have the city investing in construction projects to build on that belt-line,” Nicholson told us. “You have skate parks, walkways – many other cool, inner-city projects.”

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