[Updated, July 8, 2020] The new development at 760 Ralph McGill situated in between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park is about to get underway. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, New City Properties began 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. The Gateway Trail access point is now closed. Detour signage is posted near the construction site and at access points along the Eastside Trail. Trail and park goers will need to use one of the following options (maps below):
- The staircase (which includes bike runnels) or elevator on North Avenue adjacent to Ponce City Market on the west side of the Eastside Trail (wheelchair accessible and approximately 900 feet down the Eastside Trail from the closure point)
- 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 (approximately 600 feet south of the closure point)
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.