BeltLine SW Study Group – RDA Complete Streets Update

Come see the final concept design for the Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW Complete Street project at Westview Village and provide input for the Arts & Culture Strategic Implementation Plan!

In this public meeting, the Atlanta BeltLin will present the final concept of the proposed complete streets project for Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW. After this brief presentation, the Atlanta BeltLine needs your help to provide feedback and shape the future of Arts and Culture along the Atlanta BeltLine as they develop the Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The Arts and Culture SIP will detail opportunities for visual and performing arts, historic considerations and exhibits, as well as actionable funding strategies for Arts and Culture programming along the Atlanta BeltLine. A series of study group meetings will be utilized for the public to provide input into this plan. The agenda for each study group will be the same so plug into whichever meeting is convenient for you.

RDA Complete Street Project History
In 2014 Westview residents made a big impact when they came out in large numbers to request improvements in the neighborhood at a series of Infrastructure Bond meetings. The City of Atlanta listened and included a number of Westview projects on the list, including making Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard a “complete street” between Cascade Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The City of Atlanta hired the Atlanta BeltLine as the partner/facilitator of the project. Three planning and visioning meetings were held in 2017 as part of the process.

What is a Complete Street?
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” (Renew Atlanta)

Repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) started initial project preparations in the summer, and repaved and restriped Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in the fall/winter of 2017. This will result in a safer Westview Village due to traffic calming measures through reduced driving lanes, added on-street parking spots, and added bicycle lanes.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road.

Westview on Cover Page of Atlanta Magazine

Westview on Cover Page of Atlanta Magazine

Westview had the honor of gracing the cover of Atlanta Magazine’s February issue. The cover story is about hot neighborhoods that are walkable and affordable.

Take a look for yourself: Where to Live Now in Atlanta 2018: Westview.

Westview Corner Grocery

Economic Development in Westview

Exciting progress is continuing to develop in Westview. Westview Corner Grocery is expected to open soon in the Westview Village at 1562 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. The store, which is being opened by Westview residents, will feature natural and organic foods, produce, craft beer and wine, grab-and-go foods, and standard convenient food items.

Down the street at the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Cascade Avenue a restaurant is scheduled to start construction in the historic fire station building across from the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Breakfast Everyday, or “B.E.D.,” will feature breakfast foods, accompanied by espressos, lattes, and a range of alcoholic beverages.

Just next door to the soon-to-be Breakfast Everyday restaurant is the recently opened Clutch Bicycle Shop, an exciting addition for both biker’s given its location adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine trail.

Enota Park Volunteer Day with Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta has done a lot in Enota Park so far in the early stages of its development as the largest public park in our community. In recent months, they have cleared a few very overgrown acres and planted more than 200 trees! Now, they’re inviting us to help! This is the message from Trees Atlanta:

Help us improve Enota Park by removing evergreen invasive plant species within the park, plus help us stabilize the hillside with a large quantity of grass seed.

-It is important to arrive on time so each volunteer sees our demonstration (it takes 10 minutes). We also want all volunteers to stay for the entire project.
-Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes or boots (waterproof is best), and clothes that can get dirty.
-Bring drinking water in a reusable container. It is important to stay hydrated. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please.
-Forest Restoration is hard work, so eat a good breakfast and come prepared to work hard.
-Projects happen rain or shine, so please check the weather beforehand and come prepared.
-Trees Atlanta will provide all necessary tools and instruction, though volunteers may prefer to bring their own work gloves.

Louie Lewis will be coordinating for Trees Atlanta. He can be reached at 678.588.9863.

Enota Park – near Beltline and I-20, parking available at Fulton County Training Facility, 425 Langhorn St. SW

Westview Snow Sceneries

Snow Sceneries

Nothing makes a landscape look romantic, beautiful, and idyllic like a fresh snow dusting. And since we get so little of it in Atlanta we wanted to capture some of those neighborhood sceneries before they melted. Enjoy this edition of Westview snow sceneries!

BeltLine Westside Trail Grand Opening

BeltLine Westside Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On a melting hot late-September afternoon, a large crowd of people was present as the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail was officially opened to the public on September 29, 2017. The heat proved to be a popular choice of topic for speakers at the ceremony, which was hosted at Gordon-White Park. Among the guests of honor, which included expected individuals like Major Kasim Reed and council members, the BeltLine’s Brian McGowan and Rob Brawner, and representatives from key public and private partners, but also a surprise appearance by Representative John Lewis; whom, Mayor Reed jokingly noted, “just happened to be in the neighborhood.”

Upon completion of the speeches, the guests of honor crossed White Street to cut the ribbon at the access ramp to the Westside Trail, surrounded by a swarm of media and visitors. After the ribbon cutting frenzy, the crowd disbursed back to the park for a community celebration and strolls along the newly opened trail.

BeltLine Westside Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Celebration

Please join Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership on Friday, September 29, 2017 as the BeltLine Westside Trail will officially be opened!

Mayor Reed will set the stage with a keynote address at 4:00pm, to be followed by an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30pm. From there, neighbors of the Westside Trail will be welcomed with a community celebration from 5:00 to 7:00pm, featuring free food, music, kid-friendly activities, and opportunities to meet participating local community groups, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

All the festivities will take place in Gordon White Park, just steps away from the new trail, and Atlantans of all ages are encouraged to get the know the 3-mile trail during the celebration.

The opening marks a huge milestone for the Atlanta BeltLine and the City of Atlanta, marking the conclusion of a three-year construction process and an unprecedented $43 million infrastructure investment in Southwest Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine hopes you can join them to celebrate this exciting occasion.

For more information visit the event page.

Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Complete Streets Meeting

Please help shape the design of the Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW Complete Street project!

In this public meeting, we will present and seek feedback on the design of the proposed construction project for Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW.

The opportunity for additional community input and supporting meeting materials can be found at: www.beltline.org/engage-meetings. These materials will be posted the day of the meeting.

Monday Night Brewing Garage Grand Opening

Monday Night Brewing Garage Opens in West End

Monday Night Brewing held its grand opening on Saturday, September 23rd, and Sunday, September 24th in the Lee+White development in West End at the corner of White Street and Lee Street, just a skip and a hop over from Westview. It was a bustling Saturday, and a chill, family-friendly Sunday featuring the company’s traditional beers, as well as special barrel-aged and sour beers. Barrel-aged beers will be the focus of the West End facility, while the Westside facility will keep the production of the regular beers.

Starting on Friday, September 29th, coinciding with the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail opening, the Monday Night Brewing Garage will start its normal business hours:

Monday-Thursday: 4pm-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

2017 Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go 5K

Now in its 7th year, the 2017 Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go! Race Series is the perfect chance to explore various trail segments and stay active. Check out the latest developments along the Atlanta BeltLine, snag an awesome t-shirt, and burn a few calories – runners, walkers, strollers, and dogs are welcome!

This event takes participants through the oldest neighborhood in Atlanta – West End. It also travels on the original segment of the Atlanta BeltLine – the West End Trail, before continuing through Westview.