Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Georgia Department of Transportation Agree on Acquisition of 3.5 Miles of Transit and Trail Right-of-Way in the Southwest and Southeast

The BeltLine is one major step closer to reality with this month’s agreement to acquire 3.5 additional miles of the corridor in which transit and trails will encircle Atlanta, connecting 45 neighborhoods. The July 9 agreement between Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is for a lease and an exclusive option to purchase the Southwest and a portion of the Southeast Right of Way. Over the coming months ABI will start clean up in the corridor to preserve it for transit and work towards opening it to the public as quickly as possible.

These sections of the BeltLine, from Allene Avenue to Lena Street in the Southwest and from Wylie Street to Memorial Drive in the Southeast, run through the neighborhoods of:
Murphy Crossing
Adair Park
West End
Mozely Park
Hunter Hills
North Ormewood Park

Landmarks along the route include:
Rose Circle Park
Washington Park
Kroger Citi Center
Ralph David Abernathy Corridor
Martin Luther King Corridor
Memorial Drive Corridor
Glenwood Green
Atlanta University Center

With this agreement, nearly half (48%) of the planned BeltLine corridor has now been secured – exceeding expectations for the project’s first five years of development, despite the most challenging economic environment since the Great Depression.

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*Edited at 9:38pm, 07/26/09