MARTA’s plans to redevelop the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station into a massive mixed-use development has its first official rezoning hearing before the Planning Commission on Sept. 7. The City Council is then slated to vote Sept. 27.
The proposed Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station redevelopment, or transit oriented development (TOD), hopes to break ground by mid-2017 if plans are approved.
Brookhaven City Center Partners, a joint venture of Integral and Transwestern, are the developers of the project. Working with them are architects from Cooper Carry and traffic analysts from Kimley-Horn.
After numerous community meetings and input from residents, the final plans for the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe TOD include:
— Reduction in the number of apartments from 580 to 340, although the number of senior affordable housing units remain the same at 100.
— By reducing the number of rental units, MARTA has now added 107 for-sale condos and townhomes at the southern portion of the site. A hotel with 125 rooms is still planned on the west side of the project.
— The office space square-footage of the proposed development has been reduced from 400,000 square-feet to 200,000 square-feet. Retail space is about the same at nearly 56,000 square-feet.
— A parking deck had been designed to go at the northern portion of the site, at the corner of Dresden Drive and Peachtree Road. However, after community input from those not wanting a parking deck to be so visible from Peachtree Road, that structure is now moved to the eastern portion of the site and will be “wrapped in apartment units.” The parking deck is expected to be no taller than five floors.
— A food hall with a rooftop bar and restaurant is also planned, similar to what is now at Ponce City Market in Midtown, at the site once being considered for the city’s library. Outside the food hall is a park space that could hold up to 1,000 people for movie nights or intimate concerts.
— There is still room for a City Hall or other city buildings, including the library, in a building located next to the transit station.
— Also part of the project is a central 3/4-acre park space, the Town Green. The space is designed to be a place where residents can gather for picnics, yoga, frisbee, art festivals or other activities.The park space could also be used for city programming as well as programming by Oglethorpe University.
— Other retail businesses will include restaurants and “Brookhaven-centric” shops. However, no tenants have been secured yet as developers seek rezoning first.
— The tallest building on the site is an 8-story office building and is one of the main visuals for the development, at the corner of Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive. Residential towers are expected to be 6 stories that would include 5 stories over 1 story of retail spaces.
Traffic and density have been major concerns by residents living in the neighborhoods in the surrounding area. MARTA has attempted to address those concerns with proposed traffic modifications on Peachtree Road at North Druid Hills and Dresden Drive.
To read the site application plan that includes answers to numerous questions posed at community meetings, click here.