The head of the Buckhead Community Improvement District said the organization isn’t ready to schedule a date for the public to see plans for fixing a major intersection.
The CID in May postponed a public information meeting to view proposals to improve the Buckhead Triangle, the area where Peachtree, Roswell and Paces Ferry roads meet.
At the time officials did not set a date to reveal their ideas. Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett said any public meetings at this point would be premature.
“We’ve got a few more pieces to put together before we’re ready to go to the public and say, ‘Here are the things that are feasible in this area,’” Durrett said. “It’s not ready for prime time.”
A change in consultants prompted the delay.
Before the cancellation of the May meeting, the board had been working with consultant Kimley-Horn on the project but had recently hired Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop a transportation model for the entire CID area.
One of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s first tasks was to study the troublesome series of roads, with misalignments that create endless headaches for commuters.
East Paces Ferry Road doesn’t line up with West Paces Ferry Road when it crosses Peachtree Road, which is simultaneously forking between Peachtree and Roswell roads, creating a half-lane change. Charlie Loudermilk Park is stuck in the middle, barely accessible to pedestrians.
Durrett said it made sense to wait.
“It doesn’t make sense for us to suggest that a road would go here or a road would go there if it’s completely infeasible,” Durrett said. “We need to make sure that certain options we’re considering are actually feasible. I don’t want to put something out there that creates a false expectation.”
The CID must also factor in the ongoing development of the Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development which will likely create additional pressure on the strained intersection.
“For the long-term, it’s extremely important,” Durrett said. “For the short term, there are things that we would like to see done on Peachtree and we’re pretty darn close to understanding how we can work with Peachtree to improve its function.”
Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, said fixing the intersection is important for tying different parts of the community together.
“If you think about what people think of Buckhead, what they define as Buckhead, is that district and the mall, and we really have the opportunity to create that village feel down there,” Starling said. “We can really impact how that feels in the future. It’s also the bridge between the east and west of Buckhead. That’s really the unifying piece.”