Last week Creative Loafing wrote an article about Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development arm, voting to purchase the Westside Trail land from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for $1.64 million. The Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail comprises of former railroad land that goes from Washington Park to Adair Park (including Westview!). The board’s vote to acquire the land puts the $43 million Atlanta BeltLine trail project one step closer to starting construction in the fall of 2014.
The Westside Trail is not to be confused with the existing West End/Westview spur trail going from the Westview Cemetery to Rose Circle Park, which was a project spearheaded in cooperation with the PATH Foundation. The new Westside Trail will be located inside the former train corridor and will include construction of a flat cemented path, lighting and surveillance cameras for security, benches for resting, and landscaping.
Exciting big development for Westview in 2014!
Read the Creative Loafing article: City agrees to purchase old State Farmers Market, southwest Beltline trail land from GDOT
Learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine: http://beltline.org
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 the Atlanta BeltLine hosted an open house meeting for property owners adjacent to the impeding Westside Trail.
To view photos of the meeting please check out the photo gallery below or visit our Westview Facebook page.
Atlanta BeltLine Subareas 1 and 10 Southwest and Westside Study Groups Meeting – Property Owners Open House
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: West End Seventh Day Adventist Church (in the Family and Community Center), 1191 Donnelly Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310
Details: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. was awarded TIGER V funding for 2.5 miles of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and preservation of future streetcar transit corridor in southwest Atlanta.
Please join us for a public presentation and discussion of the future construction of the Westside Trail. Impacted property owners will have the opportunity to view the project, ask questions, and provide commentary.
The Westside Trail will have a significant impact on surrounding neighborhoods as the corridor stitches together emerging economic nodes. The TIGER V grant award, along with federal and local support, provides the funding to start construction by the fall of 2014. This represents a two to three year acceleration of this portion of trail construction.
Parking is limited. Please consider carpooling or public transit.
For More Information Contact: Beth McMillan, Director of Community Engagement at email@example.com
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Time: 1:45pm to 5:00pm
Location: Meet at the Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Details: The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition offer free, guided bike tours of the Atlanta BeltLine on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Enjoy the ride while you learn about the Atlanta BeltLine concept, history, and updates on project planning, implementation and development.
These tours will include rest stops highlighting assets and points of interest along the Atlanta BeltLine. Staff with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will lead the rides, and each group will have a ride sweep to help with any unexpected mechanical difficulties.
Riders should bring a multi-geared bicycle in good working condition, wear comfortable clothing, wear a helmet, and bring a water bottle. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early; availability is limited.
Brief Rest Stops:
- Gordon White Park
- Brown Middle School/Rose Circle Park
- Lionel Hampton greenspace
We book Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tours one month at a time. The reservation system opens at 9:00 a.m. on the 25th of each month for the following month’s tour dates.
Source: Atlanta BeltLine
On October 3, 2013 the Atlanta BeltLine hosted a citywide conversation at Booker T. Washington High School about the recently awarded Tiger V grant. Thanks to the $18 million grant Westview residents should see construction towards the end of 2014. The $18 million grant will make up only a portion of the $43 million total project cost.
“Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. was awarded TIGER V funding for 2.5 miles of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and preservation of future streetcar transit corridor in southwest Atlanta. The Southwest Trail will have a significant impact on surrounding neighborhoods as the corridor stitches together emerging economic nodes. The TIGER V grant award, along with federal and local support, provides the funding to start construction by the fall of 2014. This represents a two to three year acceleration of this portion of trail construction.” (Source: Atlanta BeltLine)
To view photos of the meeting please visit the Westview Facebook page.
To learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine visit http://beltline.org.
Southwest Atlanta is back in the news again thanks to the Atlanta BeltLine. Creative Loafing’s staff has picked the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Trail as the “Best urban hike: Atlanta Beltline’s Southwest Trail” for their 2013 “Best of Atlanta” selection. Thank you Creative Loafing for putting Westview and southwest Atlanta in the spotlight with this award!
Read the Creative Loafing article Best urban hike: Atlanta Beltline’s Southwest Trail.
The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail in northeast Atlanta has already proven to be a great success since its opening in October 2012. The trail is very actively used by walkers, joggers, and bikers; connects various parks and amenities sought by city dwellers; and is reported to already have spawned some $775 million in private development within a half mile radius over the last several years.
Now the southwest has an opportunity for positive development thanks in part to an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Southwest Trail will run from Allene Street in Adair Park up to Washington Park. Like the Eastside Trail it will run within the BeltLine corridor and will feature additional security thanks to security cameras and lighting. The total projected cost for purchasing the right-of-way, design, demolition and construction is estimated at $43 million. Thanks to the TIGER V grant the project will be able to proceed ahead of schedule, with earth possibly moving as early as fall 2014.
To learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Trail read the Atlanta BeltLine’s press release.
On August 10, 2013 the official dedication ceremony for the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Connector Trail took place.
The Southwest Connector Trail is just a few blocks west of the Westview neighborhood and features beautiful meandering walking paths along Utoy creek amidst tree canopy. The trail, which is most conveniently accessed by Westview residents via the dead ends at Westwood Avenue or Rogers Avenue, connects to the Lionel Hampton Trail.
To view photos of the dedication ceremony please visit the Atlanta BeltLine website: http://beltline.org/explore/photos/?setId=72157635047435936
On January 12, 2013 the Atlanta BeltLine and PATH Foundation held the groundbreaking for the new “Southwest Connector Trail.” Since then construction for the trail has been well under way. The results are already looking very promising with a lovely meandering path through the forest along a creek, nicely designed bridges, and a granite seating area.
The trail is not in Westview, but is conveniently located a few blocks down Westwood Avenue in the Westwood Terrace neighborhood (just west of Westview) and will be a great amenity for Westview residents. Once complete the trail will connect the Westwood Terrace neighborhood with the Lionel Hampton Trail.
To view more photos of the Southwest Connector Trail being constructed please visit our Westview Facebook page.