Westside Trail Construction Update

Coming Soon: Westside Trail Opening

Do you have questions? The Atlanta BeltLine’s got answers!

Do you have questions about trail hours, lighting, security, fencing and more? Join the Atlanta BeltLine during a Westside Trail construction update meeting. They will also be discussing the installation of a shed at the Aluma Urban Farm in Adair Park.

Additional supporting meeting materials can be found at: beltline.org/engage-meetings. These materials will be posted the day of the meeting.

Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Complete Streets Meeting

Please help shape the design of the RDA Blvd Complete Street project!

In this public meeting, the Atlanta BeltLine will present and seek feedback on a visioning plan for Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, between Cascade Avenue and MLK Jr. Drive, developed from the input received at the April 17th meeting. As the focus will shift from Visioning to Concept Development, the Atlanta BeltLine will also seek input regarding which aspects of the visioning plan should be prioritized for implementation.

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.

Lean Draft House Grand Opening

Lean Draft House Opens on the Westside Trail

The much anticipated Lean Draft House officially opened for business on Friday, June 16th, 2017. Lean Draft House, located near the White St access point along the BeltLine Westside Trail and adjacent to Gordon White Park, features twenty local craft beers on tap and handcrafted tacos.

The opening of Lean Draft House marks the first new business to open along the BeltLine Westside Trail. The trail is slated for completion at the start of August. Once the trail is open to the public, Lean Draft House will be just a short walk from Westview.

In addition to a spacious interior decked out in natural wood, there is an outside seating area and bocce court. Lean Draft House is also home to Lean Motorsports, so make sure to browse the impressive collection of motorcycles.

Currently, the hours are 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday (subject to change).

The beer selection on the opening weekend featured brews from Sweetwater, Monday Night, Creature Comforts, Orpheus, Jekyll, Scofflaw, Wild Heaven, Terrapin, and others.

Monday Night Brewing Groundbreaking

Monday Night Brewing Groundbreaking

Over the last few months news story after news story announced exciting new businesses moving into the Lee+White development along White Street in West End. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 development moved one step closer with the groundbreaking ceremony of Monday Night Brewing’s expanded $5.5 million facility along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail.

A crowd gathered to see guests of honor, Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, and NPU-T Chair Terry Ross join Monday Night Brewing co-founders Jeff Heck, Joel Iverson, and Jonathan Baker for the special occasion.

The brewery is slated to open in September with an economic impact of $43.3 million and 34 new jobs.

Related press stories:

Monday Night Brewing Storage

More Economic Development in Southwest Atlanta

Development in Westview, and southwest Atlanta, is in full swing. Westview residents have been particularly excited about the re-opening of D Cafe a few weeks ago, giving them and visitors alike that “third place” to hang out and enjoy a meal while being able to meet familiar, friendly faces.

Additionally in the works is celebrity chef Darius Williams’ first restaurant, Greens & Gravy, at 1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Darius has released a sneak peak of the menu, featuring mouth-watering dishes like “Skillet Butter Pecan Cornbread with Whipped Honey Butter,” “Creamed Corn Bisque with Fried Lobster & Chive Oil” and “Creamy Collard Green Lasagna.” An opening date has not been determined, but is anticipated to happen in the next several weeks.

Lee + White Development PlanMeanwhile, Stream Realty and its Atlanta BeltLine-adjacent Lee + White development just down the road in neighboring West End continues to make headlines with its newest tenants. This time, the headlines are about a new distillery being added to the roster – ASW Distillery. Like Monday Night Brewing and Wild Heaven Beer, ASW Distillery will be opening up a second location at the LEE + White development called the “ASW Rickhouse.”

Southwest Atlanta Breweries

Southwest Atlanta is Atlanta’s New Local Craft Brewery Hub

Alright, perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves, but two Atlanta-area breweries will soon call the Lee+White development in West End their second home. Two breweries side-by-side? Beer aficionados will be able to rejoice at this news!

Back in September 2016, Monday Night Brewery had announced that it will open up a second location called “the Garage” at the Lee+White development to focus on crafting their barrel-aged and sour beers. Part of the land next to the warehouse will be used to grow fruit trees, whose wild yeast will aid in the beer fermentation. The facility will include a tasting room and a patio for patrons to enjoy. Simultaneously it was announced that Honeysuckle Gelato, Doux South Pickles, Southern Aged cheese maker, and Relay bike-share would join the brewery in the development.

Now it has been announced that Avondale Estates-based brewery Wild Heaven would join Monday Night Brewery and the others at the Lee+White development to open up a second location as well. While Monday Night Brewery aims to open up later on in 2017, Wild Heaven will not open up until 2018. The brewery space will include a 10,000 square foot patio on the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as food made on-site.

And the beauty of it all? Westview neighbors will be but a short stroll down the Atlanta BeltLine from these new food and drink destinations – cheers!


Atlanta Magazine: Monday Night Brewing’s big gamble along the Atlanta BeltLine (March 2017)
AJC: Wild Heaven Beer opening second brewery and taproom on Beltline (March 22, 2017)

Enota Park Goats

Enota Park Goats Meet & Greet

As the goats were eating their way through underbrush and overgrowth in the future Enota Park expansion land, neighbors and visitors were invited to come meet the goats, including 2-week old kid’s.

Enota Park Goats

Goats in Enota Park

The Atlanta BeltLine has made the following announcement regarding Enota Park:

Future Enota Park – Invasive Plant Species Removal

Trees Atlanta has teamed up with Get Your Goat, a local company providing shepherd and goat grazing services, to help clear invasive ivy in the future Enota Park. Located between the current Enota Place Playlot and under-construction Westside Trail, the wooded area is currently covered with ivy and kudzu. The goats will be focused on a small area within the future park and are expected to consume that ivy within two weeks. Work is expected to take place over two weeks beginning on January 23, 2017.

Trees Atlanta will host a Greet the Goats event on January 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. but neighbors and guests are welcome to visit the goats at any time during park hours (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.). The grazing area will be located adjacent to the playlot to the north and northeast. The goats will be enclosed in an electric pet fence. Signs on the fence will provide safety precautions for spectators. Get Your Goat recommends that dog walkers keep their pets on a leash around the protective fence for safety.

Additional Project Background

Since September 2016, Trees Atlanta and many community partners have been working on a major restoration of Enota Park, a 12-acre greenspace in Southwest Atlanta. Mature hardwood trees, which cover much of the site, are considered a significant asset to the park because they represent a historic grove in a part of the city where tree canopy is spotty. These trees also provide a much-needed buffer to the adjacent I-20 highway borders the park on the north. Unfortunately, invasive species have overtaken much of the area, including high concentrations of privet, kudzu and English ivy. Trees Atlanta is removing six acres of invasive species, replanting native species to temporarily stabilize slopes and streambanks prior to the full buildout of the park which is being completed by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Enota Park

Enota Park Clean-up

More good news on the park, greenery, and Atlanta BeltLine front – the future expanded Enota Park site will soon see movement. Trees Atlanta applied for, and received, a $46,800 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The 2-year project will tackle the removal of invasive species, such as ivy and kudzu, and include tree plantings along the I-20 slope to help control erosion and create a natural buffer from the highway.

NFWF press release:

Enota Park and Proctor Creek Restoration (GA)
Trees Atlanta, Inc.
Trees Atlanta and partners will remove six acres of invasive species and trash, replant native species to stabilize slopes and streambanks, and highlight the project through adult and youth
education programming. In addition, partners will redesign the portion of Proctor Creek that flows through the site and complete a full park design. Project will capitalize on the proximity
and timing of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail (Enota Park Portion) project set for completion by the end of 2017. Partners include the Atlanta BeltLine, Park Pride, the City of Atlanta and
the Westview Community Organization.