Subarea 3 Recap Meeting Summary

June 24, 2017
Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church

On Saturday morning, June 24th, the D3: Westside Revive planning team hosted a public meeting at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church in West Midtown focused on the future of Subarea 3, a section of City Council District 3 which includes Howell Station and Knight Park. This “Recap Meeting” was a follow-up to the initial Subarea 3 Workshop held on June 12th, and many of the original attendees gathered to hear the findings of the planning team and comment on the proposed concepts for their subarea.

After a welcome from Councilmember Young’s chief of staff, Mi-Lan Henderson and Jessica Lavandier with the Office of City Planning, Project Manager Contente Terry reintroduced the D3 project, schedule, goals, and consultant team.

Next, lead urban designer John Skach presented the draft framework plan for Subarea 3. He started by reviewing the synthesized feedback by quadrant. The northwest quadrant is dominated by the former recycling plant, which could be an opportunity for catalytic redevelopment that becomes an asset for the community. The southwest quadrant needs thoughtful connectivity to the future Westside Reservoir Park, Bankhead MARTA station, and the future Emerald Corridor along Proctor Creek. The northeast quadrant needs improvements to West Marietta Street and better integration between the neighborhood and isolated businesses. The southeast quadrant focused on the former Mead plant, reducing truck traffic and peripheral development.

Subarea 3 Workshop Summary

June 12, 2017
Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church

On Monday evening, June 12th, Council member Ivory Young and the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning welcomed the public to a “subarea workshop” for the D3: Westside Revive project. Due to the range and diversity within District 3’s many neighborhoods, the planning team divided the district into 9 geographic “subareas,” so that residents can focus on the issues and opportunities specific to their community.

For this event, [30-40] neighbors and stakeholders gathered at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church to participate in a workshop designed specifically for Subarea 3, which includes Knight Park and Howell Station.

Council member Young welcomed attendees and discussed the overall vision for D3. “Howell Station is one of the gems of Atlanta,” he said. “How do you protect your investment in this community; how do you ensure that what you bought into is what you’ll keep, what you’ll preserve.” Young referenced some of the challenges (industrial uses, dangerous traffic) and opportunities (Knight Park plans, interest from outside developers) facing the neighborhood. “The process that you’re embarking on now,” he said, “will give direction to future land use and zoning and complement your planning work for the future park.”

Lead consultant Contente Terry then reviewed the planning process, timeline, and introduced the planning team. She explained the purposes of the workshop and how participants would be able to give feedback at the activity stations.