Construction Advisory: Upcoming closure of Gateway Trail, the connection between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park

[Updated, June 29, 2020:] In preparation for construction, New City Properties will be closing the Gateway Trail in approximately 10 days. Beginning midway through the week of July 6, BeltLine trail users will no longer be able to access the Historic Fourth Ward Park via the Gateway Trail.

Signage near the construction site will indicate detours. For access to Ralph McGill Blvd. from the BeltLine corridor, trail users will be directed to the stairs located approximately 600 feet from the Gateway Trail. For access to Historic Fourth Ward Park, a wheelchair accessible detour is available at approximately 900 feet to the North Avenue stairs and elevator.


New City BeltLine Future Gateway Elevator and Stairs Rendering
A rendering by New City Properties that shows the future stair and elevator access point at the Gateway between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.

[Original Post, June 11, 2020:] The new development at 760 Ralph McGill situated in between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park is about to get underway. In the next few weeks, New City Properties will begin work to reconfigure the existing Gateway Trail – the U-shaped path that snakes through landscaped grasses and trees to connect the trail to the park. During the reconfiguration work, access at this point will be closed, so trail and park goers will need to use one of the following options:

  • The staircase (which includes bike runnels) or elevator on North Avenue adjacent to Ponce City Market on the west side of the Eastside Trail
  • The staircase just south of North Avenue and adjacent to the North + Line development on the west side of the Eastside Trail
  • The elevator in the courtyard of Ponce City Market that goes between the ground level and the pedestrian bridge to the Eastside Trail
  • The ramp on North Avenue adjacent to 725 Ponce and Kroger on the east side of the Eastside Trail
  • The stairs on Ralph McGill Boulevard on the east side of the Eastside Trail

Detour signs will be placed at access points along the Eastside Trail.

Construction activity on the Gateway Trail reconfiguration is expected to take up to one year. The Gateway Trail will be replaced with a staircase (with bike runnels) and an elevator that more directly connects the Eastside Trail to Historic Fourth Ward Park. New City will continue construction on the office, hotel, housing, and retail components of the site, but is prioritizing the completion of the Gateway Trail reconfiguration and park access for Atlanta BeltLine users.

All businesses in the area will remain open and accessible.

New City and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. are working closely with Arborguard to preserve the mighty oak trees on “Three Tree Hill” – the hill across the Eastside Trail from Common Ground and Telephone Factory Lofts. One of the methods will include vitamin injections to boost the heath of the trees.

New City is in the process of placing plywood construction fencing around the site, approximately 12 feet off of the trail.

New City purchased the former Georgia Power property in October 2017 with plans to build a mixed-use development on the 12-acre site.

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