A rendering of the under-renovation John F. Kennedy Park on the Westside.

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and NFL Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 22 on a $2 million renovation of  John F. Kennedy Park on the Westside. The renovations to the park will include a full-level turf playing surface, walking path, Fit-Trail exercise system, new playground equipment, basketball court and picnic pavilion.

International Market Centers (IMC) has agreed to buy the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in Peachtree Hills. Opened in 1961, the 550,000-square foot ADAC property houses more than 60 showrooms and 27 design studios open to interior designers, architects, builders and design enthusiasts. The announcement of the sale, expected to be finalized in late September, follows the recent merger between IMC and AmericasMart Atlanta. With the addition of ADAC to its portfolio, IMC becomes the world’s largest owner and operator of trade mart properties encompassing more than 20 million square feet of facilities serving the global home furnishings, design and fashion apparel sectors.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has released findings from its first-ever comprehensive community study, which is designed to better understand how the public perceives the BeltLine project. More than 6,000 surveys were completed to gauge the community’s expectations for the project, obtain suggested improvements, and more. Key findings of the survey showed that overall satisfaction with the BeltLine is strong, with the perceived strengths being the quality of trails, parks, and greenspaces, public art, and the BeltLine’s contribution to economic development. Eighty percent of survey respondents are satisfied with the project overall, and 70 percent feel that the Atlanta BeltLine has improved their neighborhood both economically and socially.  More than 60 percent of respondents indicate that the BeltLine builds community, is good for health, fitness, and economic activity, and is a good place to visit. To see the full report, visit beltline.org/2018survey.

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.