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Photos: How MARTA proximity is transforming an Atlanta neighborhood

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Within a short stroll of MARTA trains, Edgewood is getting a facelift

In this photo, two new developments face each alongside MARTA tracks in Edgewood.
Two new developments face each alongside MARTA tracks in Edgewood.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

The northern fringes of Edgewood look drastically different than a year ago, and in many ways, MARTA is the conductor on this train of development.

Along a short stretch of La France Street, four residential projects are rising from former parking lots and underutilized land in Edgewood, just across the tracks from Candler Park. It’s no coincidence they’re all within a minutes-long walk of the train station.

In total, a variety of 273 new places for Atlantans to call home are in development here, around the corner from the Edgewood Retail District.

They include 224 apartments at the first phase of MARTA’s mixed-use Spoke, 17 standalone houses, and 32 townhomes at two separate projects on opposite sides of the station.

Combined with new-home construction in the vicinity, this rather tucked-away section of Edgewood is seeing a remarkable amount of investment activity, proving that developers are wiling to bet on the allure of alternate transportation.

Here’s a look at these four hives of construction from earlier this month:

Around the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA Station property, the area is abuzz with new housing projects. Let’s hope for a refreshed paint job in the future of this MARTA sign.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta
A peek over the fence of the new development on the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA Station property off La France Street.
For future apartment dwellers, transit doesn’t get much more accessible than this.
The Spoke site with separate townhomes rising at right.
Construction workers cut into the foundation of the new development.
On the left, The Whitefoord townhomes. On the right, MARTA’s Spoke.
As MARTA’s first transit-oriented development to break ground, Spoke has erased underutilized parking spaces—of 25,000 at all MARTA stations, less than half are actually used—-with plans to open 224 "premium apartment homes" by early 2018, officials have said.
Following the apartments, plans call for a neighborhood park, local restaurant, another multifamily building, and a Perkins + Will-designed headquarters and performing arts center for a local youth development organization.
Interior elevator shafts and stairwells are in place at Spoke.
A view of the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA Station property at the corner of La France Street and Whitefoord Avenue.
These more traditional-style townhomes are going up across the street from MARTA’s new housing development.
Coined “The Whitefoord” for its proximity to an avenue of the same name, the 17-home venture will eschew the trend of more modern townhomes in the area.
The Minerva Homes project will offer three and four-bedroom units that range from 2,245 square feet to just shy of 3,000.
Construction continues at 1369 La France St., otherwise known as La France Walk.
The 17-home “pocket neighborhood” is plowing ahead on a large, tucked-away Edgewood lot between the MARTA station and Edgewood Retail District. With four distinct home styles, La France Walk is expected to deliver (at last check) sometime this year.
On the flipside of the MARTA station, construction continues on 15 townhomes on a deep lot at 1463 La France St..
The Cablik Enterprises project, billed as “modern-chic townhomes in the heart of Candler Park/Edgewood,” launched last summer.