Twenty-acre site will support density for transit, economic development, affordability
ATLANTA – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop Murphy Crossing, a 20-acre site adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. The RFP calls for jobs-driven strategies with the inclusion of affordable housing, green space, sustainability measures, and consideration for public art.
ABI began acquiring the site in 2014 as the Westside Trail commenced construction, culminating in the purchase of the Georgia Archives site in 2018. The purchase brought ABI’s total influence over the area to 20 acres. In 2016, ABI worked in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and HRA & Advisors to conduct a market assessment and establish guidance for the future activation of the property. Through an extensive community engagement process, ABI’s consulting team and neighborhood leaders weighed in on the best uses for the site based on the area’s need for economic development, transportation accessibility, affordability, and historic preservation. Once a development partner is selected, that team will be required to further engage the southwest Atlanta BeltLine community.
The site was once home to the State Farmers Market and has had significant influence on the development and redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhoods. Today, there is an estimated $300 million in redevelopment activity in proximity to the site. The adjacent Westside Trail is a 3-mile multi-use corridor that connects Washington Park to Adair Park and was built in preparation for future light rail transit on the Atlanta BeltLine. The trail is in proximity to the Ashby and West End MARTA stations, providing a critical conduit for connectivity and development within southwest Atlanta.
Proposals are due Friday, February 1, 2019. The full RFP is available at Redevelopment of Murphy Crossing RFP page. An announcement will be made when a developer has been selected.