This rendering shows the revitalization area around the East Lake MARTA Station.

The Decatur City Commission could vote on plans for a dramatic transformation of the East Lake MARTA Station and surrounding neighborhood at its Aug. 20 meeting .

A revised draft of the East Lake MARTA Station LCI Study, which was reached after listening to neighborhood concerns voiced during an additional round of community input meetings, calls for making the station, located between Howard and College Avenues, the “front porch” of the neighborhood.

Ideas include opening the station for community events, new housing options, more retail, green spaces, public art and better parking solutions. Other ideas are traffic calming measures, better signage, wider sidewalks, improved bike facilities and landscaping.

An overview of the entire project shows the station area surrounded with multi-story housing options, restaurants, retail and office space.

The “front porch” concept extends to the station entrance itself, which would be reimagined with glass walls and bright corridors surrounding a public courtyard. The courtyard would have space for a restaurant and retail, food trucks, bike parking and outdoor seating. There would also be direct access to a multi-family housing development overlooking the courtyard. Next door to the front porch area, would be Paden Circle Park, a one-acre space with a “dramatic” stormwater pond, waterfall, boardwalk, art installations and pedestrian trails.

The plan also includes a proposal for the AT&T owned property along College Avenue, which is next door to Wahoo Grill. While AT&T hasn’t announced any plans to sell the land, it could become space for offices, townhomes, apartments and greenspace.

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.