The Beltline is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development ever undertaken by the City. The Beltline utilizes an existing 22-mile historic rail corridor that encircles Atlanta, and upon its completion will connect 45 intown neighborhoods. So where are we on the path to completing this massive project?
The Eastside Trail Southern Extension. This phase, which will add about 1.25 miles to the trail, will take the trail from Irwin Street (Inman Park for you OTPers) to Kirkwood Avenue. Construction began in 2016 and has an estimated completion date of mid-2017.
The Westside Trail. Construction is currently underway and this trail is closed to the public. This 3 mile development runs from University Avenue in Adair Park north to Lena Avenue at Washington Park. This expansion will hopefully lure much-needed economic development in a traditionally impoverished area of Atlanta.
Get some new tennis balls for those walkers, folks! Construction is now underway on the Beltline’s first affordable housing units targeted toward residents aged 55 and up. Reynoldstown Senior will be in close proximity to streetcar transit, walkability to neighborhood parks, restaurants, and events at the future Reynoldstown stage. This effort is part of a broader housing strategy working towards ensuring that senior citizens are able to stay in the neighborhoods they call home.
The Beltline is expanding. There is no doubt about it.
For more information visit http://www.beltline.org