City Commission will consider recommendations for Avondale MARTA station

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 18, 2016
A document showing the subdivision of lots requested by the developer of the Avondale MARTA station. Source: City of Decatur

A document showing the subdivision of lots requested by the developer of the Avondale MARTA station. Source: City of Decatur

The Decatur City Commission meets on Jan. 19 and will consider a recommendation that would subdivide 7.6 acres as part of a redevelopment of the Avondale MARTA station.

Columbia Ventures is redeveloping the station into a Transit Oriented Development, an apartment project that will incorporate the convenience of the nearby transit station. According to a filing with the state Department of Community Affairs, the Avondale MARTA Transit Oriented Development will be a, “Mixed use development with 338 apartment units, 34 condominium units, 92 senior housing units, 17,220 square feet retail space, 4,500 square feet restaurant space, 22,550 square feet grocery store and 40,000 square feet institutional space.”

The application filed with the city of Decatur seeks to subdivide 7.6 acres on East College Avenue between the intersections with Sam Street and Derrydown Way into eight parcels. The division will allow for “future phased development” of the site.

Here’s the break down of how each parcel will be used:

Proposed Tract 1 has an area of 2.184 acres (95,147 square feet) and includes the bulk of the ground-floor commercial and residential units of Phase One development.

Proposed Tract 2 has an area of .508 acreage (22,132 square feet) and includes additional commercial space of Phase Two development.

Proposed Tract 3 has an area of .730 acreage (31,778 square feet) and includes a site subject of a purchase option for a future commercial or institutional development.

Proposed Tract 4 has an area of .266 acreage (11,581 square feet) and includes the area containing the MARTA pedestrian bridge and concrete building and canopy.

Proposed Tract 5 has an area of .927 acreage (40,385 square feet) and includes the parking garage structure.

Proposed Tract 6 has an area of 1.780 acres (77,552 square feet) and includes the area containing the interior streets, surface parking, sidewalks and street trees.

Proposed Tract 7 has an area of .602 acreage (26,208 square feet) and includes additional commercial space of Phase Two development.

Proposed Tract 8 has an area of .675 acreage (29,405 square feet) and includes a site subject of a purchase option for a future commercial and residential development in Phase 3.

The Planning Commission has recommended approval, with some conditions.

In other business, Commissioners will hear the audit for Fiscal Year 2015 during its work session, which begins at 6:15 p.m. The regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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