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Buckhead’s Park atop GA 400 advances to new planning phase

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Revenue and funding being examined, with construction potentially starting in 2020

Plans for Atlanta's most ambitious park—at least from a technical, if not sheer size, perspective—are still moving forward in Buckhead, despite concerns by some community leaders.

According to Reporter Newspapers, design firm Rogers Partners has been authorized by the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) to proceed with phase three of planning for the proposed new park above Ga. Highway 400 in the heart of Buckhead.

Estimates put the park’s cost at more than $200 million, leaving some BCID board members skeptical about the benefit.

However, if the park is realize, it would be nothing short of transformative for an area largely dominated by automobiles.

In the coming months, the project team will examine potential funding mechanisms, including private funds, sales tax allocation, and even MARTA coffers. The cost for the study will max out at $365,000.

Renderings: Rogers Partners

Previous study phases have proven the park is technically possible, and that it would have a negligible impact on traffic and parking in the neighborhood.

A final presentation of findings will occur this summer, before the BCID decides how to proceed.

While tentative, a timeline of construction starting in 2020 could yield a completed park by 2023.