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Fresh Details Emerge for Avondale Station's Mixed-Use Dreams

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The Avondale MARTA station's proposed $95 million mixed-use development is drawing closer to reality, as evidenced by a filing made to the Department of Community Affairs for the State of Georgia. But that doesn't guarantee it's going to happen. Part of MARTA's colossal, transit-oriented development initiative targeting a number of stations across the network, the plan could bring a slew of residents and neighborhood amenities to the east-Decatur area. Currently, about 2,500 people live within a half-mile of the station, according to MARTA; the development could increase that number substantially with 338 apartments and 34 condo units, plus an additional 92 units reserved for senior housing, putting the total for residential units at 464. With the increased density, the proposal calls for a grocery store and restaurants, in addition to 17,220 square feet of more retail space and 40,000 square feet of "institutional" space. They didn't elaborate on what "institutional" means, exactly.

The idea to build around this station emerged years ago, but it started really gaining steam in March 2013. The forecast back then called for a groundbreaking within two years, and while that timeline seems unlikely with March three days away, MARTA Senior Director of Transit Development Amanda Rhein says that construction should begin this year, as Decaturish reports. Then again, the Decatur Assistant City Manager in charge of Community and Economic Development Lyn Menne says "development isn't imminent," so we'll see who's right soon enough. Whenever (or if ever) the dirt begins to move, developer Columbia Ventures hopes to complete the job by 2021.

· More details revealed about Avondale MARTA development [Decaturish]
· Dusty Avondale MARTA Mixed-Use Plans Are Being Reborn [Curbed Atlanta]
· Avondale Station Transit Oriented Development [MARTA]
· Does MARTA Have a Cure for Atlanta's Mixed-Use Fever? [Curbed Atlanta]
· In Pictures: Brookhaven's Cosmopolitan MARTA Dream [Curbed Atlanta]