World War I memorial at Pershing Point Park (courtesy of Wanderlust Atlanta).

Midtown Alliance has published an update of ongoing construction projects in the district:

Peachtree Overhead Utility Burial: Teams have been racing to complete burying overhead utility lines ahead of this weekend’s Children’s Christmas Parade, which has moved to Midtown. Work has been finished at 14th and will finish 5th and 16th Streets this week.

Pershing Point Park Renovation: The greenspace at the junction of Peachtree and West Peachtree Streets is undergoing a makeover. Work includes restoration of the historic World War I monument, landscape and hardscape beautification, and better lighting for safety. Improvements began in early 2013 with tree pruning/removal and repairs to lighting and irrigation. Hardscape demolition started last week to initiate the 4-month monument re-build. Further pruning and planting enhancements, walkway repairs, and installation of new lighting will follow completion of the monument work.

Peachtree Streetscape – Southern End: This project began in May and will extend the Peachtree Streetscape “pallette” to the southern end of Midtown. Blocks between 3rd and Pine Streets will be upgraded with new sidewalks, pavers, curbing, trees, and pedestrian lights as needed. Select portions of overhead utility lines will also be relocated underground. Currently, utility work is being completed from 3rd Street to Ponce de Leon Ave. Design is underway for the next phase of improvements from Ponce to Pine.

Peachtree Streetscape – Northern End:  Now in its final phases, this project extends Peachtree streetscaping to the northern end of Midtown between Peachtree Circle and the I-85 Bridge. Utility authorities will soon “light up” the newly installed pedestrian and roadway lighting. Construction crews will remove remaining utility poles at the Peachtree Street/Peachtree Circle intersection and tackle final punch list items.

10th Streetscape:  This project includes installation of new sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian lighting, landscaped medians and ADA upgrades between Williams Street and Piedmont Avenue. Other improvements include a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing at the Midtown MARTA Station as well as burial of overhead power lines and poles between Peachtree and Juniper Streets. Construction crews are finishing new granite curb and sidewalks on the north side of 10th between Juniper and Piedmont. Permanent roadway striping will soon be completed, and new colored/thermoplastic crosswalks will be installed at the Peachtree Street intersection.

South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvements: This $4 million effort provides a wide range of improvements along North Avenue and Ponce de Leon Avenue including circulation improvements, streetscape upgrades, installation of key “gateway” features and creation of new public spaces such as Ponce Triangle near the Fox Theater. Final phases included new colored/thermoplastic crosswalks at Peachtree intersections with Ponce and North. Crews recently removed overhead utility lines and associated poles at Peachtree and Ponce and will complete final punch list items.

Tree Well Fencing and Planting:  Midtown’s Tree Well Adoption Program is well underway, with 108 tree wells adopted to-date! The first two phases of fencing has been installed around 41 tree wells, along with beautiful low-water-use perennial plants. See the newly fenced and planted tree wells along Peachtree Street between Peachtree Place and 11th Street. A few more blocks of tree wells will be fenced and planted by the end of the year.

Fall Landscape Installation:  Beautiful fall annuals were planted along streets, in medians, and in parks and plazas throughout the District in October. Replacement shrubs, perennials, and trees will be planted where needed over the next two months.t t

To see a list of recently completed projects, visit this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.