A map shows the Murphy Crossing site. (Courtesy ABI)

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has acquired 2.5 acres of property from the Georgia Building Authority adjacent to the future Murphy Crossing development on the Westside Trail. The price tag: $2.1 million.

Located at 1089 Allene Ave, the property is the former site of the Archives and History Warehouse and is adjacent to a larger ABI-controlled tract that was was once home to the State Farmers Market. The acquisition brings the Murphy Crossing site to 20 acres.

“This is another acquisition that signifies that the city is serious about development south of I-20,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement. “The Atlanta BeltLine will provide opportunities for connectivity, housing, and jobs, and this site will be key to ensuring economic equity in all parts of the corridor, keeping BeltLine neighborhoods on pace with our vision of One Atlanta.”

ABI’s next step will be to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) later this year seeking a developer to activate the Murphy Crossing site based on specific housing and job goals for the area.

“We are so excited about this purchase because it increases our flexibility with the Murphy Crossing site,” said Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. CEO Brian McGowan. “This is a chance for development in southwest Atlanta to reflect the existing community’s wants and needs, while positioning the area to benefit from the Atlanta BeltLine’s jobs and housing goals and the city’s larger equity and affordability goals.”

ABI also recently purchased 1.8 miles of old rail corridor on the Westside, which will allow access to the Bankhead MARTA station, Maddox Park, the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, as well as a future link to the newly-opened Proctor Creek Greenway. Read more at 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.