Earlier this year, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) began publicly toying with the idea of placing a park atop Ga. Highway 400 between Peachtree and Lenox roads. While the 9-acre green space was a long-range goal, according to the organization, a Phase II study — which gave us some drawings of what the park could look like — quickly followed the first announcement. By early summer, we were getting excited, but BCID Director Jim Durrett warned that the enthusiasm could be premature, hinting that the park wouldn't happen for at least another decade. But now the BCID has released details about an anticipated Request for Proposals (RFP) to jumpstart the process early next year!
According to the brief, the Buckhead CID plans to release the RFP for the project, seeking detailed planning and concept design to include identifying funding. While the statement also hints at a bit of timidity on the part of the BCID — stating that the selected firm will "examine the viability" of the project — it's hard to believe the project couldn't be realized on a much more abbreviated timeline than 10 dang years. With residential growth in the area at almost obscene levels, there's no time like the present to build a kick-ass park to anchor the neighborhood, right?
· Ga. 400 Park could Take Huge Leap Forward Next Month [Buckhead CID]
· Park Over GA 400 - RFP to be Released [Curbed Atlanta]
· Visuals for Highway-Capping Park Have Already Arrived [Curbed Atlanta]
· Phase II Study for Park Atop Ga. 400 is Already Beginning [Curbed Atlanta]
· Buckhead CID Director Talks Growth, Traffic & Planning [Curbed Atlanta]