The Atlanta BeltLine’s second Quarterly Briefing of 2015 was held on June 22, and the rotation between locations around the city brought us to Downtown Atlanta at the Fulton County Government Center. The Atlanta BeltLine is built around connecting the Atlanta community and neighborhoods together, and the rotation in locations provides access to residents throughout the city to come see and hear the program’s progress during the past quarter.
To open up the session, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves greeted the audience and shared with them Fulton County’s support of the Atlanta BeltLine and transit. Fulton County’s contributions are essential to Atlanta BeltLine progress, and their partnership has yielded $25 million in revenue
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) President and CEO Paul Morris followed Chairman Eaves’ remarks and presented construction updates for the Westside Trail, Eastside Trail extension, and the North Avenue Plaza. Paul shared updated economic development numbers along with the anticipated success for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine with more than 300 artist proposals received for this year.
Updates for affordable workforce housing included Reynoldstown Senior complex and Stanton Oaks (both under construction) and the Atlanta BeltLine’s partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta to offer down payment assistance and owner occupied rehab. You can learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine Housing Initiative at atlantabeltlinehomes.com.
Deputy Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) Rob Brawner presented partnership updates, including a $500,000 donation from Porsche, which helped to close out the capital campaign for the Westside Trail.
As part of the updates for workforce partnerships, which create opportunities for employers and job seekers through job training, ABLP mentioned how 23 of the 39 applicants for the STRIVE training program were residents of Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. ABLP also reported their efforts to collect information from neighborhoods within the corridor to better engage with residents.
The Atlanta BeltLine would be nothing without the Atlanta community members and the invaluable time they offer. ABLP made sure to keep guests aware of the numerous options for community involvement through volunteering, free fitness classes, run/walk events, and other activities.
The featured presentations of the night included detailed plans for the Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan and the East Environmental Assessments for both the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Streetcar. The evening concluded with our successful open house set-up where attendees could ask their specific questions to subject- matter experts.
Couldn’t make this Quarterly Briefing? No worries, you can look through the full presentation to catch all the details. Save the date for our next quarterly briefing on August 17, 2015. We’d love to see you there!