Chalk up another small victory for Buckhead's PATH400 multi-use trail.
On Monday, the Atlanta City Council gave a unanimous thumbs-up for buying the necessary property from MARTA to connect PATH400 directly to Miami Circle shopping and entertainment district at Canterbury Road, Atlanta INtown Paper reports.
The city agreed to fork over $176,000 to MARTA for the land, which will allow PATH400 users to one day travel from Miami Circle to the back of Lenox Square's property, enhancing the area's non-road connectivity, officials said. Nonprofits Park Pride and Livable Buckhead, the progenitors of PATH400, are also reportedly kicking in $100,000 to make the deal happen.
Eventually, PATH400 will be a 5.2-mile paved trail paralleling the Ga. Highway 400 right-of-way through Buckhead, from the start of the highway to Sandy Springs. With three segments already delivered, and two more in some level of development now, the project was $9 million short of raising enough funds to cover its ultimate cost, $27 million, as of April.
In an interview with Curbed Atlanta last month, Livable Buckhead executive director Denise Starling gave this outlook for the project's full delivery:
"If we were to receive a $9 million check in the mail tomorrow, we could finish construction in two years," Starling said. "That’s not in the cards, however, so our goal is to keep bringing in funding to allow us to have at least one portion of the project under construction at all times ... If we do that we should be able to complete it by 2020, but that end-date is very fluid."
- City Council approves purchase of key link to PATH 400 trail [Atlanta INtown Paper]
- In Photos: Where Buckhead's PATH400 Will One Day Run [Curbed Atlanta]