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The Atlanta BeltLine

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About the Project Draft

Where Atlanta Comes Together

The Atlanta BeltLine is a dynamic and transformative project. Through the development of a new transit system, multi-use trails, greenspace, and affordable workforce housing along a 22-mile loop of historic rail lines that encircle the urban core, the Atlanta BeltLine will better connect our neighborhoods, improve our travel and mobility, spur economic development, and elevate the overall quality of life in the city.

It’s the most important rail-transit project that’s been proposed in the country, possibly in the world
— Christopher B. Leinberger, George Washington University School of Business, in the New York Times, 2016

At its most fundamental level, the project is a sustainable redevelopment project that promises to transform the very fabric of Atlanta by repurposing an existing 22-mile rail corridor and nearby areas with a combination of transit, trail, park and open space, housing, art, economic development investments, and more. The Atlanta BeltLine links comprehensive land use with transit-oriented design, turning the Atlanta BeltLine corridor into a framework for long-term sustainability by:

  • Offering a convenient alternative transportation choice to city residents, employees, and visitors;
  • Acting as a catalyst for job creation and economic revitalization in underserved Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods and in the city;
  • Improving air quality and public health;
  • Reclaiming brownfield land;
  • Providing more affordable workforce housing
    within the city;
  • Connecting 45 neighborhoods rich in history, culture and experiences;
  • Creating economically vibrant and diverse communities;
  • Integrating equitable development, community benefits, and environmental justice;
  • Improving access to new and existing recreational and cultural amenities;
  • Creating public art;
  • Reintroducing agriculture into the urban area, although it is not a mandate;
  • Protecting natural resources; and
  • Promoting historic preservation

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Project History

Some of the most rewarding details about the Atlanta BeltLine project are on this page! We have tangible progress notes dating back to 1999, when the idea for the Atlanta BeltLine was just that – ‘an idea!’ The ins and outs of how it became a reality begin with the project’s infancy as a graduate student’s thesis, and move into the detailed strides our city officials and many very devoted activists took to bring it to life. Take time to review how far we’ve come, and celebrate new milestones with us as our journey continues!

2016: TSPLOST, MARTA funding wins the day! +-

A major milestone was accomplished in 2016 – voters passed two  historic referenda. The City of Atlanta will collect an additional ½ penny sales tax in funding for MARTA and transit expansion and an additional 4/10 penny sales tax on the dollar in funding for transportation improvements (TSPLOST). These funds will help expand and improve the overall transit & transportation system in Atlanta, including some Atlanta BeltLine projects. In 2016, two new affordable housing developments were completed: Reynoldstown Senior, which includes 70 units of affordable senior housing in southeast Atlanta, and Stanton Oaks, a redevelopment of 43 units of affordable housing in Peoplestown (formerly Boynton Village.) To date, 560 units of affordable housing have been supported in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area, and going forward, $15-20 million of Tax Allocation District revenue will go to support more affordable housing. We expect 265 units of affordable housing to be under construction in 2017, with a funding commitment of $18 million over the next three years to address issues of affordability and equity. Work also advanced on the study of Murphy Crossing development potential, which will activate the 16-acre site on the Westside Trail. Construction continued on the Westside Trail, with pouring of the first segments of concrete in the last few months of 2016. The Eastside Trail extension – from Irwin Street south to Kirkwood – kicked off construction in 2016. By the end of the year, the path under the Krog Street Tunnel had been completed, and most of the preliminary work on Wylie Street is finished. In July 2016, the Board of Directors named Rob Brawner the Partnership’s new Executive Director.

2015: Parks and trails and housing, oh my! +-

In 2015, Stanton Oaks, formerly Boynton Village, was renovated as part of the Atlanta BeltLine’s affordable workforce housing program, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. launched a partnership to fund housing initiatives on the Atlanta BeltLine. Ground was broken on Reynoldstown Senior, an affordable housing development. The Design Review Committee launched and began review of projects in the plannning area. Senate Bill 4 was signed into law, paving the way for public-private partnerships to fund transportation. The PATH Foundation completed on a spur trail connecting the Northside Trail to the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. The revised Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System was adopted by City Council in December. The second skatepark on the Atlanta BeltLine opened at Arthur Langford, Jr. Park. 

2014: Westside Trail, Gateway Trail, 5th year of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and more!+-

The 3-mile Westside Trail broke ground in November. The Gateway Trail, a connection between Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Eastside Trail, went into construction and opened within the year. The reconstruction of the Edgewood Avenue bridge over the Eastside Trail was completed in April. 16 miles of the Atlanta Streetcar expansion entered into the next planning phase.

The fifth annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition took place from September to November. The kick-off event, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, drew over 23,000 revelers to the Eastside Trail.

Over the summer, we debuted our Atlanta BeltLine smartphone app, downloadable from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

The Atlanta BeltLine won our first ever international award, the prestigious Prix d’Excellence from the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), for the best rehabilitation project in the world.

The Atlanta BeltLine’s Workforce Partnership in Healthcare received recognition from the White House as one of 35 model programs from across the country during the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The Southern Charm Etiquette Campaign launched to gently remind people of the courteous rules of the trail.

The new ADA-accessible, CNG powered bus for Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s tour program hit the road.

Read a full recap of 2014 here or download Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s 2014 annual report.

2013: Strategic Implementation Plan and other milestones +-

The Atlanta Police Department introduced its new Path Force Unit, dedicated to the patrol of open Atlanta BeltLine parks, trails, and adjacent neighborhoods. The 15-officer Path Force took up their new headquarters in the ground floor of the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing.

The Atlanta BeltLine and partners both broke ground on and completed the Southwest Connector Spur Trail in the Beecher Hills neighborhood of southwest Atlanta. The spur trail will eventually connect the Beecher Hills and Westwood neighborhoods with the Atlanta BeltLine.

The City of Atlanta was awarded an $18 million TIGER V grant to develop the Westside Trail from Lena Street to University Avenue.

The fourth and largest Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition to date commenced in September with the annual Lantern Parade, bringing over 10,000 participants onto the Eastside Trail.

Volunteers planted the first fruit trees at the Urban Agriculture site, and preparation laid the groundwork for construction of the farm in 2014.

In late 2013, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Board of Directors adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan, outlining the next 17 years for completion of the entire Atlanta BeltLine program.

The Active Lifestyle Competition kicked off and free fitness events were organized in 2013 with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles on the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Workforce Partnership program launched as a collaborative effort to provide hiring and training, reduce employee turnover, and ensure that Atlanta BeltLine residents have requisite job skills and access to economic opportunities.

2012: With the final subarea approved, progress continues!+-

The final subarea is approved by Atlanta City Council, concluding the master planning process for the Atlanta BeltLine. Construction began on the Atlanta Streetcar project, which will eventually connect to the Atlanta BeltLine. Progress on the Eastside Trail continues with major construction activities with completion scheduled for the summer. The Atlanta BeltLine hosted its first ever Business Opportunity Forums in partnership with Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, the Atlanta Business League, the Urban League of greater Atlanta and the Greater Women’s Business Council. The Forum provided information about the projects and procurement process for Transportation Referendum initiatives in the region for majority and minority firms. The Atlanta BeltLine began the public input process to develop an Environmental Justice Policy. ABI held its second annual Organic Land Care Symposium. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Running Series kicked off the first Atlanta BeltLine Run Club with more than 70 runners coming out for a fun run/walk through the neighborhoods along the Eastside Trail.

2011: We see the most progress to date in these 12 instrumental months.+-

Two sections of the Right of Way (ROW) totaling 3.5 miles of Atlanta BeltLine corridor in the southwest and southeast were secured through long term leases and purchase options with the Georgia Department of Transportation. Grand openings were held for three parks. D.H. Stanton Park re-opened to the public as an eight-acre park on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor in southwest Atlanta. This is the City of Atlanta’s first energy cost-neutral park and one of the first in the nation. Mayor Kasim Reed officially dedicated Historic Fourth Ward Park at the section containing the 12 acres bordered by North Avenue and Ralph McGill Boulevard. Atlanta’s first public skatepark opened with the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark and a special visit from professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.  Boulevard Crossing Park Phase I, with its two playing fields, opened in southeast Atlanta with members of the community and the Atlanta Silverbacks professional soccer team. The Atlanta Regional Roundtable included segments of the Atlanta BeltLine and new direct transit connections into midtown and downtown on the final project list of the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). If the TIA is approved by voters on July 31, 2012, these projects will $602 million in funding. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. acquired the former “Triumph Lofts” development from a receivership to provide 28 critically-needed affordable for-sale homes. The development, renamed as “Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing,” is located at the intersection of Chester Avenue, Memorial Drive and the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. A one-day sale event was held in December which featured a drawing of qualified buyers making under $68,000 – the Atlanta area median income. Overall, the Atlanta BeltLine created 46 affordable homes throughout the corridor in 2011. The Atlanta BeltLine hosted its first annual Organic Land Care Symposium, aimed to educate individuals about utilizing organic and sustainable approaches to the management of public and private spaces. The second Annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition opened. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Running Series hosted the Northside 5k, Southwest 5k, and Northeast 10k.  Jamestown Properties purchased the City Hall East building for $27 million and announced its plans to spend $180 redeveloping it into “Ponce City Market,” a mixed use business and residential property directly on the Atlanta BeltLine. A kick-off party for this massive redevelopment project, “Party on Ponce,” featuring performances by the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, and Francine Reed as well as local chefs raised more than $80,000 for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Georgia Organics.

2010: Breaking new ground and bringing new energizing programs to the community.+-

The Atlanta BeltLine’s Greenspace Job Training program celebrated its first class of graduates in March 2010, and 100 percent of the trainees were placed in related jobs. The Northside Trail in Tanyard Creek Park opened to the public in April 2010. The multi-year Corridor Design process for the Atlanta BeltLine corridor began led by the firms Perkins+Will and Field Operations. Construction began on D.H. Stanton Park. Construction began on Boulevard Crossing Park. Construction began on Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase II. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan toured the Atlanta BeltLine and announced a national affordable housing program in an Atlanta BeltLine neighborhood. The West End Trail Phase II opened to the public in June 2010. The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series hosted a 5k on the West End Trail. Atlanta BeltLine Community Benefit Guiding Principles, which will help shape development and amenities throughout the Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods, were adopted by the Atlanta City Council in October 2010. Art on the BeltLine: Atlanta’s New Public Space, the first-ever temporary public art exhibition along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, took place in the summer of 2010, showcasing more than 40 exhibitions. The exhibition season ended in October with the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade. Ground was broken on the Eastside Trail Phase I in October 2010. City Council adopted the Master Plans for Subareas 1 and 10. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership along with the support of Park Pride and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. launched the Adopt the Atlanta BeltLine program.

2009: We enjoyed greater community involvement, new designs and construction!+-

The Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund was launched. City Council adopts the first five Subarea Master Plans (2, 3, 5, 7 and 9). Atlanta Public Schools reaffirmed its participation in and commitment to the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. MARTA and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. advanced the Tier I Environmental Impact Statement, a critical process to secure federal transit funding. With the Atlanta BeltLine TAD Advisory Committee, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. developed and adopted an equitable development plan as directed by City Council in preparation for the next Atlanta BeltLine TAD bond issuance and work plan. ABI entered an option agreement and a lease with GDOT for 3.5 miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor in the Southwest and Reynoldstown. Construction began on Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase I. The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors named Brian Leary as President and Chief Executive Officer. Design contracts are secured for four additional Atlanta BeltLine Parks.

2008: First trail openings and bond sale.+-

Led by the PATH Foundation, the first segment of the Atlanta BeltLine West End trail opened – enhanced by Trees Atlanta’s Atlanta BeltLine arboretum. MARTA and the Federal Transit Administration, in partnership with ABI, commenced the Environmental Impact Statement, a critical federal study to determine the alignment of transit and trails, assess impacts on the environment and make the project eligible for future federal funding. The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series hosted a 5k on the West End Trail (Phase 1). Ground was broken for Historic Fourth Ward Park. Including gifts from many of Atlanta’s leading corporations and foundations, The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s $60M capital campaign was 50 percent complete. First Atlanta BeltLine TAD Bonds were issued, totaling $64.5 million. The Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund was approved by City Council and initially capitalized with $8.8 million in TAD Bond proceeds.

2007: Federal funding invigorates program planning.+-

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) approved the 22-mile loop of the Atlanta BeltLine and a light rail mode of transit as its Locally Preferred Alternative, a critical early step in securing federal funding. Master planning and community engagement commenced, consistent with the Citizen Participation Framework adopted by City Council. Atlanta BeltLine was awarded $300 thousand in Federal Transit Administration funding to further support initial design and engineering. The northeast corridor became the first segment of the Atlanta BeltLine transit corridor to be acquired for the Atlanta BeltLine. Twenty-one acres were assembled in Southeast Atlanta for development of a new Atlanta BeltLine park located at Boulevard Crossing. The Atlanta BeltLine’s first Public Opinion Poll of 600 City residents showed overwhelming majority believe the project will be completed as envisioned. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership launched public tours through the 45 neighborhoods along the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB) was established.

2006: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is formed and the work plan begins!+-

The Five Year Work Plan was created with extensive pro bono assistance from a senior Boston Consulting Group team, Invest Atlanta, and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Work Plan was formed by input from more than 10,000 community members and outlined the priorities, goals, organizational structure, and a $427 million budget for the first five years of the Atlanta BeltLine project. It was approved by Atlanta City Council in July 2006, and the stage was set for implementation of this visionary project. The City of Atlanta purchased the Bellwood Quarry from Vulcan Materials Company under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council with the involvement of Ray Weeks and other key leaders. The quarry will feature a reservoir providing critical drinking water for the city as part of a 300-acre greenspace, which will be one of the largest parks in the City. To oversee implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine, including coordination with City of Atlanta departments and ongoing community engagement, Invest Atlanta authorized the creation of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Under the leadership of President and CEO Terri Montague and Board Chairman Cal Darden, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. commenced operations. The Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC) was formalized. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership hired Valarie Wilson to serve as Executive Director. The Partnership began its focus on securing private funding for the Atlanta BeltLine, raising general awareness and broad-based support for the project, and mobilizing resources to address social concerns raised by new development around the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s $60 million capital campaign is launched. Additional Atlanta BeltLine park land was acquired to expand Peoplestown Park and the future Westside Reservoir Park at Bellwood Quarry. The Atlanta BeltLine Network, an alliance of organizations with an interest in the planning, development and maintenance of the Atlanta BeltLine, was formed.

2005: The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is formed and the community is engaged! +-

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin created the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to galvanize private sector and citizen support for Invest Atlanta’s (formerly The Atlanta Development Authority) BeltLine efforts. Ray Weeks, a veteran civic and business leader, is selected to chair the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and the BeltLine TAD are approved by the Atlanta City Council, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and the Atlanta Public School Board of Education following a 6-month process of community input.

2004: Initial real-world traction is made with early studies.+-

The Trust for Public Land’s Emerald Necklace Study by Alexander Garvin outlined an achievable, connected, park, trail and transit system along the BeltLine. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of funding the Atlanta BeltLine with a Tax Allocation District (TAD). Led by the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Steering Committee chaired by Carl Patton and Barney Simms, the study found that revenue generated from an Atlanta BeltLine TAD would cover approximately 60 percent of estimated project costs – without requiring a tax increase. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) Inner Core Feasibility Study, examined several transit options for the City of Atlanta and recommended the Atlanta BeltLine for inclusion in its future Alternatives Analysis Study.

2002: The idea for the Atlanta BeltLine gains grassroots support.+-

Under the leadership of Ryan Gravel and Cathy Woolard, Friends of the BeltLine began to build grassroots support, meeting with neighborhoods across the city.

1999: It started as an idea for a graduate thesis!+-

Ryan Gavel

Ryan Gravel, Atlanta City Design Project

Ryan Gravel’s joint master’s thesis in Architecture and City Planning from Georgia Tech in 1999 was the original vision for the ambitious Atlanta BeltLine – a 22-mile transit greenway that transforms old railroad corridors with light-rail transit, parks and multi-use trails to generate economic growth and protect quality-of-life in 45 historic neighborhoods throughout the central city.

The Jewel of Atlanta


In 2004 Alex Garvin published “The BeltLine Emerald Necklace: Atlanta’s New Public Realm”. The Beltline Emerald Necklace is a public realm framework around which 21st Century Atlanta will grow and prosper.

By tying together proposed and existing trails, the 23-mile-long Beltline Trail will provide every resident of the city with strolling, jogging, rollerblading, and cycling opportunities unequaled anywhere in the country. Download the Emerald Necklace Study

How the Atlanta BeltLine is Funded

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The plan for the Atlanta BeltLine includes the introduction of a 22-mile transit system, 33-mile trail network, 1,300 acres of new and 700 acres of restored greenspace, public art, historic preservation, 28,000 new and 5,600 affordable housing units, 30,000 permanent and 48,000 construction jobs, and up to $20 billion in total projected economic development. Learn more.

But how is this sustainable redevelopment project along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other actually paid for? Read these FAQs to learn more.

How long will it take to complete the Atlanta BeltLine and how much will it cost?+-

The Atlanta BeltLine is scheduled to be complete in 2030 at a total cost of $4.8 billion.

How is the Atlanta BeltLine funded?+-

Major capital investments like the Atlanta BeltLine require diverse funding sources. The Strategic Implementation Plan adopted in 2013 lays out a framework for how the project will be funded through a mix of public and private sources – including the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD), the City of Atlanta, private investment and philanthropic contributions, county, regional, state and federal grants, and public private partnerships.

How has the Atlanta BeltLine been funded to date?+-

Approximately $450 million from multiple public and private sources has been invested between 2006 and 2015 to implement the Atlanta BeltLine and deliver tangible results – including 8.7 miles of new permanent trails, 412 acres of new and renewed parks and greenspaces, over 274 acres of remediated brownfields, and new and diverse affordable housing opportunities.

Atlanta BeltLine Funding Sources to Date*:

 

Atlanta BeltLine Funding Chart

What can the various funding sources be used for?+-

The Bonds and Tax Allocation District (TAD) funds are the most flexible sources and can be used for a variety of programmatic and general management needs in addition to planning and capital improvement projects. They often serve as required match funding to secure grants from other sources. All other funding sources are secured and restricted for specific planning and capital improvement projects such as land acquisition, park and trail development, streetscape improvements, affordable housing and transit. They cannot be used for purposes other than those specified in the grant.

What is the economic impact of the Atlanta BeltLine?+-

The Atlanta BeltLine has generated a direct economic impact of nearly $3 billion dollars in private development as of the end of 2015. This is seven times greater than the total public/private investment of $450 million to date.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine benefit residents?+-

The Atlanta BeltLine is transforming neighborhoods and residents’ lives with new green space, mobility and affordable housing options and opportunities. In the process, it is creating the opportunity for healthier and more economically prosperous lives. Atlantans are gaining greater access to employment centers, fresh foods, and healthcare. As the project is being implemented, programming in its new public realm includes new arts, cultural, fitness and other activities.

When was the Atlanta BeltLine TAD created? By whom?+-

The Atlanta City Council voted in 2004 to create the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD) to fund the Atlanta BeltLine, which had received overwhelming community support. In 2005, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Atlanta Public Schools also voted to participate as investors in the Atlanta BeltLine, forming a joint redevelopment initiative of the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County. As partners, they assumed all of the risks and potential rewards in the development of the Atlanta BeltLine when they agreed to participate in the TAD.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine TAD work?+-

When it was created, most properties along the proposed Atlanta Beltline were underutilized and generated marginal tax revenue. Atlanta Public Schools, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County agreed to forego future property tax revenue increases on these properties over the next 25 years and dedicate them to building out the Atlanta BeltLine. As new Atlanta BeltLine investments take place, those once underutilized properties increase in value and generate more tax revenue – which is used to secure bond funding that pays for more Atlanta BeltLine investments. Building more of the Atlanta BeltLine generates more development which generates even more tax revenue. At the end of the 25-year TAD, the Atlanta BeltLine is projected to increase the tax value by $20 billion dollars, which will benefit Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County and the City of Atlanta for many years to come.

How was the original Atlanta BeltLine TAD funding structure created?+-

Rather than forego its full share of future property tax revenue increases during the 25-year TAD, the Atlanta Public Schools negotiated to receive fixed cash payments from the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. These payments totaled $150 million – or 5% of the total $3 billion in projected tax revenues expected to be generated over the life of the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. Payments were intentionally deferred during the first five years of the TAD to accelerate Atlanta BeltLine development, and the 5% was scheduled to be paid out at an annual fixed payment of $7.5 million per year during years 6-25.

Fulton County negotiated to receive much smaller payments of $1.35 million per year during years 6-25. The City of Atlanta did not negotiate to receive any payments.

How much tax revenue has the Atlanta BeltLine TAD generated?  How has that revenue been allocated between the funding partners?+-

The Atlanta BeltLine TAD has generated $124 million since its creation in 2005 through 2014. Of this increment, APS collected $28 million or greater than 20% of the total. Fulton County received payments totaling $5.4 million from the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. The City of Atlanta has not received any payments from the Atlanta BeltLine TAD.

 

The chart below shows the year-by-year distribution from the Atlanta BeltLine TAD:

TAD Increment Distribution

Has the original Atlanta BeltLine TAD agreement been amended?

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The original agreement with Fulton County and the City of Atlanta has not been amended. The agreement with Atlanta Public Schools was amended in August 2009, in November 2009, and again in January 2016.

What is the current Atlanta BeltLine TAD agreement between the funding partners?

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The original agreement with Fulton County and the City of Atlanta remains intact.

In 2009, the Atlanta BeltLine TAD agreement with Atlanta Public Schools was amended. The first payment to Atlanta Public Schools was postponed to 2013 and the payment schedule was modified. The first payment of $1.95 million was made in 2013. In December 2015, the City of Atlanta paid $9.1 million to Atlanta Public Schools on behalf of ABI.

How much revenue is the Atlanta BeltLine TAD projected to generate?

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In 2005 – as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan – Huntley & Associates originally projected the Atlanta BeltLine TAD would generate approximately $3 billion in tax revenue over its 25-year life.

In 2012, following the Great Recession – and as part of the development of the Strategic Implementation Plan – MuniCap completed a revised TAD projection that indicated the TAD was no longer going to achieve the original 2005 projection of $3 billion, but instead would approach $1.4 billion for the remainder of the life of the TAD (2012-2030).

Since then, MuniCap makes only five-year projections of Atlanta BeltLine TAD revenue.  As of February 2015, Atlanta Beltline TAD revenue for 2015-2019 is projected to be $123.3 million.

The below chart shows the changes in Tax Increment Projections:

Atlanta BeltLine Projection Comparison Chart

How does the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership enable the Atlanta BeltLine project?+-

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership enables the Atlanta BeltLine project by raising funds from the private sector and philanthropic community, engages the public through programming and outreach, and empowers the residents of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods through targeted partnerships in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity.

Explore the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is many things to many people. It is a system of rails, trails, and greenspace that will seamlessly connect 45 neighborhoods, while also providing first and last mile transit connectivity for the entire metro Atlanta region. Because it is comprised of many different elements, it is important to have numerous maps and renderings to illustrate these various components, individually and collectively.

Maps

Please select a map based upon what aspect of the Atlanta BeltLine you are seeking to view:

Overview Maps+-

A Comprehensive Look
The Atlanta BeltLine encircles the core of the city while passing through numerous neighborhoods and topographies. These maps show detailed information about all of the elements that will comprise the Atlanta BeltLine. The design will vary from segment to segment; these maps show the rails, trails, park spaces, and major roadways for each individual segment, as well as an overview for the entire corridor.

DocumentDescription
Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Transit Routes MapThis map shows the six planned routes for the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan, including the Atlanta BeltLine Loop, Crosstown Loop (including the current Atlanta Streetcar), Crosstown Midtown Line, Crosstown Peachtree Line, Crosstown Crescent Line, and the Crosstown Capital Loop. Current as of January 2017.
Download Trail MapExplore the Atlanta BeltLine with this Trail Map. Using a 33-mile network of multi-use trails, the Atlanta BeltLine is creating a new public realm – offering a pedestrian-friendly environment which promotes walking, jogging, biking, and affordable housing.
Project Overview MapThis brochure is 8 pages and contains a FULL MAP of the Atlanta BeltLine and a breakdown of the loop by segments. (Published in March of 2018)
Project Overview Map: Southeast SegmentInman Park/Reynoldstown Marta Station to I-75/85
Project Overview Map: Southwest SegmentI-75/85 to I-20
Project Overview Map: Westside SegmentI-20 to W. Marietta Street
Project Overview Map: Northside SegmentW. Marietta Street to I-85/Monroe Drive
Project Overview Map: Eastside SegmentI-85/Monroe Dr to Inman Park/Reynoldstown Marta Station


Trail Maps+-

Explore the Trails

These handy guides show cross-streets, access points, and connections to PATH trails. 

DocumentDescription
Download Trail MapExplore the Atlanta BeltLine with this Trail Map. Using a 33-mile network of multi-use trails, the Atlanta BeltLine is creating a new public realm – offering a pedestrian-friendly environment which promotes walking, jogging, biking, and affordable housing.


Transit Maps+-

A Glimpse at our Future in Transit
The Atlanta BeltLine is a means of linking 45 intown neighborhoods, while also connecting the core urban center of the City of Atlanta with the rest of the metro region. These maps focus on the transportation components of the Atlanta BeltLine, illustrating how existing MARTA rail and bus lines will tie into the Atlanta Streetcar and other transit initiatives. Additional transit services from outlying communities tie into the system as well.

DocumentDescription
Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Transit Routes MapThis map shows the six planned routes for the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan, including the Atlanta BeltLine Loop, Crosstown Loop (including the current Atlanta Streetcar), Crosstown Midtown Line, Crosstown Peachtree Line, Crosstown Crescent Line, and the Crosstown Capital Loop. Current as of January 2017.
Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System PlanThe final Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan (SSP) adopted by Atlanta City Council on December 8, 2015. The SSP documents the City of Atlanta’s approach to building out this streetcar network over time in a manner that is efficient, cost effective, mobility focused, supportive of regional transit, and integrated with the economic development initiatives led by the City, Invest Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.


Land Use & Planning Maps+-

A New Vision for Development
For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project.

These maps are excerpts – visit full subarea master plans.

DocumentDescription
Tax Allocation District (TAD) MapDetailed map outlining the Tax Allocation District.
BeltLine Redevelopment Area / BeltLine Tax Allocation DistrictExhibit A from the 2005 Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan: Maps of the Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Area / Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District
Subarea 1The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 2The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 2 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 3The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 4The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 4 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 5The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 5 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 6The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 6 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 7The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 7 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 8The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 8 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 9The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 9 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks
Subarea 10The recommendations of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 10 Master Plan in the areas of land use, mobility and parks


Renderings

 

Bringing Atlanta’s Neighborhoods Together

Atlanta has a rich history dating back before the Civil War, and it has undergone many changes in that time. Neighborhoods all around the city have blossomed, matured, and evolved, and together they have woven a patchwork dynamic that reflects the many different evolutions of the city.

Some neighborhoods have continued to prosper with time, while others have fallen into disrepair. New development, new roads, and new realities have altered some neighborhoods, while others have remained virtually unchanged for decades. Obstacles, both natural and manmade, have created barriers separating many of these neighborhoods, and the result is a curious hodgepodge lacking a common thread — until now.

The Atlanta BeltLine is changing the core dynamic of our city, bringing all of these disparate neighborhoods together under one vision that will transform these separate entities into one cohesive community, while still maintaining the individual character of each. The Atlanta BeltLine offers an opportunity to bridge gaps (literal and figurative), and unite the City of Atlanta in a way never before possible.

Atlanta BeltLine Neighborhoods Map

View Atlanta Neighborhoods+-

Atlanta BeltLine Neighborhoods

Subarea 1: Abernathy-Cascade

  • West End
  • Westview

Subarea 2: Heritage Communities of South Atlanta

  • Adair Park
  • Capitol View
  • Capitol View Manor
  • High Point Estates
  • Oakland City
  • Mechanicsville
  • Peoplestown
  • Pittsburgh
  • Sylvan Hills
  • The Villages at Carver
  • Westview

Subarea 3: Boulevard Crossing

  • Beulah Heights
  • Boulevard Heights
  • Chosewood Park
  • Englewood Manor
  • Grant Park
  • Ormewood Park

Subarea 4: Memorial-Glenwood

  • Cabbagetown
  • Glenwood Park
  • Grant Park
  • Ormewood Park
  • Reynoldstown

Subarea 5: Freedom Parkway

  • Inman Park
  • Old Fourth Ward
  • Poncey-Highland
  • Sweet Auburn

Subarea 6: Monroe-Piedmont

  • Ansley Park
  • Midtown
  • Morningside
  • Piedmont Heights
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Virginia Highland

Subarea 7: Northside-Peachtree-Piedmont

  • Ardmore
  • Brookwood / Brookwood Hills
  • Buckhead
  • Collier Hills
  • Lindbergh / Lindbergh City Center
  • Lindridge / Martin Manor
  • Peachtree Hills

Subarea 8: Upper Westside-Northside

  • Atlantic Station
  • Berkeley Park
  • Blandtown
  • Channing Valley
  • Home Park
  • Loring Heights
  • Marietta Street Artery

Subarea 9: Upper Marietta-Westside Park

  • Grove Park
  • Howell Station
  • Knight Park
  • Marietta Street Artery
  • Rockdale

Subarea 10: Boone-Hollowell

  • Ashview Heights
  • Bankhead
  • Hunter Hills
  • Just Us
  • Mozley Park
  • Washington Park

Success Is Its Own Reward

We are enormously proud of the many accomplishments associated with the Atlanta BeltLine. Every new trail, park, special event, and program is a testament to the power of this transformative project and the people involved in making it happen. The fact that we get some hardware for the mantle is the cherry on top!

  • A Team
    Effort!

    Achieving milestones could not happen without team work. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is grateful to all who help achieve our mission. Read more about awards won.

The world is watching our progress, and I am confident that we will demonstrate that the Atlanta BeltLine is the new gold standard for urban redevelopment projects.
— The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2017

The Atlanta BeltLine has received numerous awards for its visionary approach to one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects in the country. Read more about awards won.

YearAwardProject
2017American Society of Landscape Architects HonorsOlmsted Award for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
2016Academy of Interactive and & Visual Art Communicator AwardAward of Distinction for Intown Living - Atlanta BeltLine edition
2016Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts Communicator AwardsAward of Distinction for 2014 Annual Report
2016National Arbor Day AwardsExcellence in Partnership for Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum
2016Institute for Sustainable InfrastructureEnvision Gold Award for Historic Fourth Ward Park
2016Metro Atlanta Chamber of CommerceE3 Award in Moving the Needle category
2015InterBike's Places for Bikes AwardAtlanta BeltLine
2015Phoenix Award for Excellence in Brownfield Development (2013 Region 4)Eastside Trail/Historic Fourth Ward Park
2015Urban Land Institute Atlanta Chapter Building Healthy Places AwardEastside Trail/Historic Fourth Ward Park
2015International Economic Development Council Silver Award for Excellence in Economic Development - Annual Report2014 Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Annual Report
2015International Economic Development Council Gold Award for Excellence in Economic Development - Neighborhood DevelopmentEastside Trail/Historic Fourth Ward Park
2015National Recreation and Park AssociationNational Partnership Award
2015Atlanta Urban Design CommissionAward of Excellence for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine
2014Brownfield RenewalSustainability category for Historic Fourth Ward Park
2014Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape ArchitectsWood+Partners won Award of Merit for Historic Fourth Ward Park
2014Harlem Fine Arts ShowArts and Community Award for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine
2014International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Prix d 'Excellence AwardInternational Grand Prize for Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Eastside Trail
2014ACEC Engineering Excellence AwardState Finalist for the Eastside Trail
2014ACEC Engineering Excellence AwardRecognition Award for the Eastside Trail
2014ACEC Engineer of the Year AwardConstruction category winner: Lee Harrop
2013ARC Developments of ExcellenceEastside Trail
2013EPA's Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth AchievementEastside Trail & Historic Fourth Ward Park
20132014 ACEC State FinalistEastside Trail
2013Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence AwardsLofts at Reynoldstown Crossing
2013Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC): Adaptive UseEastside Trail
2013ULI, Georgia ChapterProject of the Year
2013FIABCI's Grand Prix of Real Estate DevelopmentAtlanta BeltLine Historic Fourth Ward Park & Eastside Trail
2013CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Atlanta Impact AwardEastside Trail
2013National JournalFinancing Infrastructure
2013E3 AwardsEastside Trail
2012Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC)D. H. Stanton Park
2012Environmental Communications AwardAtlanta BeltLine communications
2012Atlanta Business ChronicleLand Deal: Eastside Trail
2012Georgia Association of the American Society of Landscape Architects (GAASLA)Historic Fourth Ward Park
2011Great Places in Georgia: Public SpacesD. H. Stanton
2011Georgia Association of the American Society of Landscape Architects (GAASLA)D. H. Stanton Park
2011Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC)Historic Fourth Ward Park
2010American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Merit AwardHistoric Fourth Ward Park Phase I
2010Council for Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)Best 2009 Bond Deal

Public Safety on the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is for everyone to enjoy, safely and securely. These are some of the resources in place to ensure a great experience for all.

  • Path Force
    Unit

    The Path Force Unit – that is responsible for providing public safety to the Atlanta BeltLine and adjacent parks and neighborhoods.

  • Keeping Us
    Safe!

    The APD Path Force Unit will patrol all open Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails, and adjacent neighborhoods.

  • Making a
    Difference!

    The APD Path Force and AFRD Mobile Medics are making a difference on the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Path Force Unit

The Atlanta Police Department has a dedicated unit – the Path Force Unit – that is responsible for providing public safety to the Atlanta BeltLine and adjacent parks and neighborhoods. Launched in the summer of 2013 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Path Force patrols seven days a week. The unit is comprised of 15 officers and three supervisors, all of whom are military veterans. Their presence is a mainstay on the Atlanta BeltLine – if you see them, say hi!


Security Features

Access points, security cameras, mile markers and lighting are all features to enrich the user experience and enhance public safety. Security cameras on the Eastside Trail feed into the Atlanta Police Department’s citywide Video Integration Center, and mile markers are in place along all Atlanta BeltLine trails – both permanent paved sections and interim hiking trails. These markers are tied into the 911 system so first responders will know exactly where to go in the event of an emergency. Lighting along trails and under bridges is available in several locations and will be incorporated into all future trail sections.


Maintenance

Routine maintenance issues can pose a safety hazard if not addressed. For these issues, Atlanta BeltLine has a fix-it line that we encourage users to dial when they see graffiti, landscaping problems, or anything broken in the parks or on the trails. The fix-it line is 404.477.3687. You can also email photographs of issues to fixit@atlbeltlineorg.staging.wpengine.com. In case of emergencies, please call 911.

If you See Something, Say Something!

Public safety is strongest when you – the public – are engaged. If you see suspicious activity or an emergency call 911.  The Path Force Unit can be reached at 404-546-PATH (7284).

Interactive Map

Use our Google Map to virtually explore the Atlanta BeltLine within the context of the City of Atlanta. You can explore many of the contents of this site through this map – such as Parks, Trails, Events, Photos and more. Explore our interactive map

Explore the Atlanta BeltLine

45 neighborhoods – one Atlanta BeltLine community.

Project Highlights

These are the key elements that will be developed over the life of the Atlanta BeltLine Project:

  • 22 miles of pedestrian friendly rail transit
  • 33 miles of multi-use trails
  • 1,300 acres of parks
  • 5,600 units of affordable housing
  • 1,100 acres of brownfields remediated
  • $10-20 billion in economic development
  • 30,000 permanent jobs
  • 48,000 one-year construction jobs
  • Public art
  • Historic preservation
  • Sustainability
Resources

The Atlanta BeltLine is a tremendous project that is having an unprecedented impact on the City. With so many different facets and stages to the project, there is also a large amount of related studies, reports, and additional documents.

View Resources