MARTA announced Tuesday that it will make properties adjacent to two of its rail stations available to developers interested in building pedestrian-friendly villages.
The first is a 6.2-acre parcel at Arts Center Station in Midtown. That’s a “more complicated site,” explained Amanda Rhein, who directs the MARTA Transit-Oriented Development program, because it would involve construction on an area that is currently part bus/intermodal stop, part station, part parking space and part undeveloped land.
The second, 3-acre parcel is at Oakland City station. Transit agency officials believe it is ripe for redevelopment because of its proximity to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail and Fort McPherson.
MARTA is looking at bringing walkable developments to 11 of its 38 rail stations. Developers have been identified for three of the projects at King Memorial, Avondale and Edgewood/Candler Park. Proposals are actively being solicited for Chamblee, Brookhaven and Arts Center. Later this year, a request for proposals for Oakland City Station will be released. Other station sites are still being decided.
Developers have shown a great deal of interest in building walkable villages that boast a mix of retail, office and residential dwellings near train stations. They can charge higher rents in exchange for the added convenience. MARTA, meanwhile, benefits from a boost in ridership.