Overview

Catalyst for Inclusive Economic Development

Murphy Crossing is a key 20+ acre site owned by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. directly on the Westside Trail with significant potential to positively impact development in southwest Atlanta. Situated at 1050 Murphy Avenue, the property sits within the Oakland City neighborhood and is bordered by the neighborhoods of Adair Park and Capitol View. It lies in close proximity to the Oakland City and West End MARTA stations, providing a critical conduit for connectivity and development within southwest Atlanta.

In September 2022, ABI announced its selected finalist in its Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the site. The finalist is real estate development company Culdesac, Inc., who will partner with Urban Oasis Development, Kronberg Urbanists + Architects, LDG Consulting and T. Dallas Smith and Co. to realize the new mixed-used development.

The plan has prioritized high density, transit-oriented development focused on preserving land for pedestrians and bicyclists in outdoor spaces protected from cars. The open layout will also include housing and retail in a mix of new and existing buildings to create connectivity with the surrounding neighborhood. Additional components will include a grocery store, retail and dining options, co-working spaces, arts and culture programming and a farmers’ market – in tribute to the land’s historic fabric and character.

One of the key components of the project is its investment in residential and commercial affordability. 25% of the residential units will be designated permanently affordable with an additional 5% deemed affordable for at least the next 30 years. The target AMI is between 60% and 80%. Additionally, Culdesac intends to offer 30% of all retail and light industrial spaces at an affordable rate to small businesses in the area.

The purchase of Murphy Crossing and the nearby Avon property are part of ABI’s land acquisition strategy to further its equity, affordability and inclusion goals through intentional development, employment and housing options, and transit connectivity.

The investment at Murphy Crossing is part of an estimated $800 million of private investment underway within a mile of the site, including projects newly-constructed, in progress or in the pipeline. The site sits at the heart of the existing and expanding commercial nodes of Pittsburgh Yards®, the MET, Lee + White, and West End Mall.

Culdesac has intentionally partnered with Urban Oasis Development, helmed by principal Joel Dixon. Joel is a legacy resident that was raised – and still lives – nearby the site. Dixon has been involved in meetings and discussions around Murphy Crossing since the early days of the process. The joint venture with his company demonstrates the commitment to include neighborhood voices.

The project is in the early stages of design and is being refined based on input from the local community. ABI is in the process of transferring community engagement to the development team and will continue to operate in a support role. The most up-to-date information can be found at www.culdesac.com/atlanta/murphy-crossing.

Murphy Crossing Background

The site owes it’s name to a combination of Atlanta history and the built environment. Anthony Murphy, after which Murphy Avenue is named, is a larger-than-life historical figure in the City of Atlanta. He was involved in the development of Atlanta’s Waterworks and the Atlanta Public Schools system. He was also a resident and property owner in the adjacent neighborhood of Adair Park. 1050 Murphy Avenue is located at the point where Murphy Avenue crosses the railroad (now the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail) and the local brand of Murphy Crossing was born.

In the 1940’s, the property operated as Georgia State Farmers market (which was separate and apart from the Black Farmer’s Market in the nearby Pittsburgh neighborhood on University Avenue). After an earlier purchase by the City of Atlanta, the initial property was then purchased by Invest Atlanta in 2014. In 2018, a 2.5-acre acquisition, which includes the former Georgia Archives and History Warehouse, expanded the property to 20 acres. In the formative days of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., a study was conducted by Alex Garvin & Associates that envisioned Murphy Crossing as a transformation mixed-use space to include greenspace and an infill transit stop: the The BeltLine Emerald Necklace: Atlanta’s New Public Realm.

A dozen warehouses and buildings occupy the fully asphalt and concrete site. Currently zoned for Light Industrial uses ( I-1 ), the property is located in the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD), within the BeltLine Overlay District. The Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail borders Murphy Crossing to the north, with Warner Avenue forming the southern border, Allene Avenue to east, and Murphy Avenue and Sylvan Road to the west. The Adair Park, Oakland City and Capital View neighborhoods are immediately adjacent to the property, although the address properly resides within the Oakland City neighborhood in Neighborhood Planning Unit S in Council District 12.

The 20-acre Murphy Crossing site, highlighted in gold, alongside existing and future Atlanta BeltLine infrastructure and adjacent neighborhoods. (Full-sized image.)

Historical Timeline

2004

The BeltLine Emerald Necklace study highlights Murphy Crossing as a critical “jewel” for mixed-use redevelopment and greenspace

2005

The Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan, ABI’s foundational document, identifies “Murphy Triangle” as one of the project’s key redevelopment centers

2009

Community helps envision future uses of the Murphy Crossing site in the “Atlanta Farmer’s Market Reuse Plan” completed as part of the first Subarea 2 Master Plan

2014

ABI purchases 16 acres of the former Atlanta State Farmers’ Market, the first step in assembling the future Murphy Crossing site

2016

HR&A, Center Forward, and Smith Dalia are selected to conduct the Murphy Crossing Jobs-Related Economic Feasibility Analysis that included and was informed by a series of community meetings:

August 2018

2018

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale and redevelopment of Murphy Crossing site is drafted based on community engagement and data collected during Feasibility Analysis process

November 2018

Request for Proposals is released, initiating the active procurement process and required silent period. Study Group meeting held to announce publication to the community.

December 2018

Pre-proposal meeting and site visit

January 2019

Question and answer addendum released as part of the RFP

February 2019

Redevelopment proposals due; ABI’s internal Selection Committee begins evaluating proposals against criteria laid out in RFP based on community feedback, feasibility study findings, and other considerations

2019

Confidential review and selection process continues

June 2020

The Request for Proposals is cancelled in order to reevaluate the impacts of COVID-19 and to receive additional feedback from residents

July 2020

Community engagement design approval and initial City stakeholder briefings

September to November 2020

Community outreach relaunched to receive feedback in preparation for issuance of a new RFP with Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings, virtual public meetings, print advertisement of meetings, tours, community surveys, and one-on-one calls with residents, resulting in more than 1,000 individuals in 8 neighborhoods participating in public input

Winter / Spring 2021

Murphy Crossing RFP draft finalized by ABI and Invest Atlanta

May to August 3, 2021

Murphy Crossing RFP draft published and site visit conducted with interested respondents

Summer / Fall 2022

Evaluation committee recommendation made to ABI CEO; MOU executed between ABI and selected developer

Fall 2022

Announcement of selected developer; they begin community engagement

Fall / Winter 2022

Development Plan Finalized, Process Started to Secure Financing and City Rezoning

View Next Project Steps

Timeline

Roadmap for Thoughtful Redevelopment

The development of Murphy Crossing is envisioned as a redevelopment project that will drive economic activity in the immediate and surrounding areas, and help make this area of Southwest Atlanta a destination and a hub growth and job creation. With Culdesac as the named finalist for redevelopment of the site, ABI is transferring community engagement to the development team. ABI will continue to operate in a supporting role. The project is in the early stages of design and will be refined based on input from the local community. More details and upcoming events and milestones can be found on Culdesac’s site at www.culdesac.com/atlanta/murphy-crossing.

Public Input

Shaped by Meaningful Community Participation

Below is a list of past and upcoming public meetings covering the Murphy Crossing site.

For details on previous public engagement, including community survey results, please see: A New Beginning for Murphy Crossing: Fostering Trust and Transparency.

FILTER MEETINGS:
Meeting dateLocationTypeDetailsDocumentationFeedbackSubmission Deadline
Past Meetings
1664217000September 26, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting
Murphy Crossing Redevelopment Updates
Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 894 7766 2279

1605551400November 16, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 894 1794 6859

Submit questions no later than Monday, Friday 13th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1605033000November 10, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 810 6480 9604

Submit questions no later than Monday, November 9th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1604341800November 2, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 830 3730 5296

Submit questions no later than Friday, October 30th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1601114400September 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30amVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 891 7590 3055

Submit questions no later than Friday, September 25th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1600194600September 15, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing
(NOTE: PRESENTATION WILL BE IDENTICAL TO SEPTEMBER 12 VIRTUAL MEETING.)

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 813 8676 4457

Submit questions no later than Friday, September 11th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1600084800September 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing.
(NOTE: PRESENTATION WILL BE IDENTICAL TO SEPTEMBER 12 VIRTUAL MEETING.)

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 824 4841 9444

Submit questions no later than Friday, September 11th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1599904800September 12, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pmVirtual MeetingMurphy Crossing, Study Group

Southwest Study Group Virtual Public Meeting - Murphy Crossing

Join online: Click "Virtual Meeting" link to the left
Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 824 4841 9444

Submit questions no later than Friday, September 11th at noon to meeting.questions@atlbeltline.org

1461090600April 19, 2016 6:30pmJames Orange Recreation Center: 1305 Oakland Drive S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30305­­Murphy Crossing, Study Group

Come hear more about the strategic site assessment for Murphy Crossing. Community feedback is needed from you!

1528675200June 11, 2018 12:00am
Advisory Committee

Guided by Community Voices

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is a representation of the communities in closest proximity to the redevelopment of Murphy Crossing. The Committee gave input on the development of a request for proposals (RFP) for the site. The committee also assisted Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) in preparing for public meetings focused on shaping the RFP in the broader community.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is composed of 18 members from adjacent communities:

Neighborhood Organizations
(10 Appointments)

Judy Walker, Oakland City
Kyle Lamont, Oakland City
J. Lawrence Miller, Adair Park
Randy Gibbs, Adair Park
Sagirah Jones, Capitol View
Christie Peters, Capitol View
Jamieson Cox, Capitol View Manor
Melissa Hughley, Sylvan Hills
Johny Floyd, Pittsburgh
Tavius Elder, Bush Mountain

Neighborhood Planning Units
(4 Appointments)

Columbus Ward, NPU-V
Sosena Desta, NPU-X
Nick Hess, NPU-S
Kimberly Scott, NPU-T

Council Appointments
(4 Appointments)

Winfrey Young, Council District 12
Tim Dobbins, Council District 12
Karl Barnes, Council District 4
Gail Brooks, Council District 4

ABI Community Representative and Ex-Officio Members
(3 Appointments)

Ayana Gabriel, Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors
Ed Smith, Invest Atlanta

Resources

Reports, Documents and More

To learn more about Murphy Crossing, we encourage you to review the documents and reports below.

TitleDescriptionType
Murphy Crossing 2019 Development RFP ADDENDUM 2

2019 Request for Proposals Purchase & Redevelopment of 1050 Murphy Avenue addendum.

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Murphy Crossing 2019 RFP Purchase and Redevelopment of 1050 Murphy Ave

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (“ABI”) is seeking statements of qualifications and technical proposals for design concepts for the redevelopment of property located in Atlanta, Georgia, at 1050 Murphy Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, and the adjacent parcels, identified in this RFP as the “Property”. This Request for Proposals closed on February 1, 2019.

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BeltLine Overlay Legislation

In 2007, the Atlanta BetLine Overlay District was created to establish a zoning district superimposed on the existing underlying zoning district, but having validity in governing the use of the property. The regulations establish a set of criteria relating to certain characteristics for development opportunities in the Atlanta Beltline planning area. The regulations address site limitations, streetscapes, relationship of building to street, loading areas, lighting, fencings, vehicular and bike parking, etc.

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BeltLine Overlay District Regulations

City of Atlanta Ordinance.

External Website
Subarea 2: Master Plan

Adopted: Subarea 2 – Adopted September 7, 2021
(Updated plan)


Neighborhoods: Subarea 2 encompasses the following neighborhoods: Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Chosewood Park, High Point Estates, Oakland City, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Sylvan Hills, and The Villages at Carver. The area includes D.H. Stanton Park, Four Corners Park, Carver High School.

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Murphy Crossing 2019 Community Initiated Survey Results

ABI conducted a Murphy Crossing Site community survey to obtain community feedback. View survey results.

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Murphy Crossing Community Presentation 2016

Community Engagement presentation on Murphy Crossing site on September 19, 2016 community meeting.

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Murphy Crossing Site Redevelopment: Final Report and Strategy 2016

RFP for Feasibility Study that will inform ABI’s effort to position a recently acquired property for the purpose of attracting jobs and improving overall economic conditions.

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Murphy Crossing: Old Farmers Market Revised Property Information Form

The Murphy Crossing site was once home to the State Farmers Market. Learn more about the history of this site.

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