A rendering shows the triangle-shaped piece of property at Piedmont and Monroe that will become part of Piedmont Park.

The Atlanta City Council voted May 21 to spend $20.4 million to acquire three acres of land for the expansion of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The property, located at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive, will become a new gateway to the park. The city will use $10 million from the transportation local option sales tax approved by voters in 2016 to purchase the property, since it will feature bike/walking trails an connect to the Atlanta BeltLine. Former mayor Kasim Reed announced the $100 million expansion plan before he left office last year.

WRS Inc. has hired commercial real estate firm JLL to market the “vertical development opportunity” for Block One at Underground Atlanta, a 1.9-acre block along Peachtree Street adjacent to the Five Points MARTA station at the northwest corner of Pryor and Upper Alabama The development of Block One is the first part of the four-block transformation of Underground Atlanta, which will include residential, office, retail, and hotel. Project details for Block One can be found at undergroundblockone.com.

On Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. ChooseATL will hold 10 block parties as a way to gather young professionals across the region to celebrate metro Atlanta’s diverse communities. The 10 parties will include food, music and interactive art walls created by artist Adam Crawford. The parties will be held in Peachtree City, Buckhead, DeKalb, Fairlie-Poplar, Old Fourth Ward, West End, Atlantic Station, Tech Square, West Midtown and Roswell. Find out more information and RSVP for your neighborhood celebration at chooseatl.com/block-parties. ChooseATL is an initiative dedicated to attracting and retaining top talent to metro Atlanta by showcasing the region’s lifestyle, unique culture and job opportunities.

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.