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For land next to Beltline, Piedmont Park, the city seeks ideas — again

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Back to the drawing board for crucial slice of property abutting Eastside Trail; affordable housing required

It’s back to the drawing board for a key slice of property that intown zealots would argue is among the choicest locations for living in Atlanta.

Once again, Atlanta Beltline officials are seeking proposals from developers to buy and build upon roughly 1.5 acres where the Eastside Trail meets Piedmont Park, next to Park Tavern and a long gravel parking lot, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

That déjà vu you’re experiencing is understandable, because Beltline officials already waved this carrot in front of developers in the spring of 2015, but the right idea apparently hasn’t materialized.

According to the most recent Request for Proposals, the site is now officially called 1016 Monroe Drive, and any mixed-use redevelopment there would be required to offer between 20 and 40 percent affordable workforce housing.

Big ideas are due by Dec. 13.

Like last time, the Atlanta Beltline has issued the request on behalf of Invest Atlanta. The parcel has more than 800 feet of frontage along the Beltline corridor and is literally steps away from Piedmont Park.

When the land first came up for grabs last year, we put together these peerless visuals to help illustrate its position and scope:

A year later, these dazzling renderings (below) by Smith Dalia Architects emerged when AIA Georgia heralded their proposal — called The Terrace at the Park — for its forward-thinking design and “urban tempo.”

The idea clearly would have required much more land than the 1.5 acres being floated now, and though an insider told Curbed Atlanta this year The Terrace at the Park was more than a spitball concept, it lost steam after being met with neighborhood pushback.

Most recently, the ABC reported in June that Fuqua Development was trying to assemble roughly the same acreage as what’s seen below for a mixed-use project that would front both the Beltline and Monroe Drive. That was all contingent on Fuqua acquiring the slice of land owned by the city, however.