Reminder – Avondale Master Plan meeting
People interested in the redevelopment of Avondale Estates should attend a special called meeting on March 13.
City Commissioners called the meeting to hold a work session on the draft of the 2014 Downtown Master Plan. The meeting begins at 5:30 pm and will be held at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza Avondale Estates, GA 30002.
There will be an opportunity for public comment.
“Please join the Board of Mayor and Commissioners, city staff and a representative from the consultant team, Pond and Company, for a question, answer and comment session,” the meeting announcement says.
Several residents attended a work session on Feb. 20 to listen to a presentation on the plan. The residents asked for additional time to vet some of the ideas, saying some of the suggestions are overly-vague and could lead to development that’s not in line with city standards.
At that meeting, Mayor Ed Rieker promised to hold another work session so people can weigh in.
Here are some of the proposals published in the draft:
– The plan identified $28 million in potential transportation improvements.
– The draft plan divides the city into six distinct districts within the study area: Tudor Village, Mill District, Northern Gateway, Rail Arts District, Northside Avondale and the Western Gateway.
– It says Avondale Estates needs to cater to pedestrians. The city is located along a PATH trail and near a MARTA station, but it has weak connections to both.
– It says the city needs more public parks. The study says, “There are plenty of parks and public spaces in the residential neighborhoods, but none in downtown Avondale Estates. Outdoor spaces to gather might include public plazas, large parks, an amphitheater, or even wide sidewalks.”
– It says Tudor architecture may not define the city’s future. The plan suggests the architectural style might not be a good fit for the city going forward and recommends using styles that complement the historic look of the city’s downtown.