Answers to questions on Imagine Memorial Plan RFP released

Answers to questions from consultants who are considering proposals for the Imagine Memorial LCI Plan have been answered. The questions and answers are available in PDF form here and after the jump.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available here. More background on the LCI program and Imagine Memorial is available here.

Final proposals are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 9, 2017. 

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Request for Proposals issued for Imagine Memorial LCI plan

ATLANTA _ Memorial Drive Atlanta, in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, is seeking proposals from consultants to complete the Imagine Memorial Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available here.

All qualified parties are encouraged to review the RFP and consider making a submission. The deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 9, 2017. Stakeholders are also welcome to review the RFP and participate in community engagement later this summer.

UPDATE: Answers to questions submitted for the RFP are available here.

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Update on near-term safety projects for Memorial Drive

ATLANTA _ The Imagine Memorial Transportation Committee formed from the 2014 Imagine Memorial study has been working closely with Georgia Department of Transportation staff on advocating for long-term safety improvements to Memorial Drive. The death of pedestrian Barbara Crawford on March 20 and a rash of recent crashes give this work a new sense of urgency. Here is an update on projects that are being introduced in response:

1. Short-term: Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs)

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons are enhanced mid-block crosswalks activated by pedestrians that use flashing red lights to require all vehicles to stop. (See below for more details; a local example can be seen on North Avenue at Georgia Tech.) Georgia DOT’s District 7 and Traffic Safety and Operations teams are currently considering new PHBs at the following locations, in order of priority:

  • Kirkwood/Parkview: In the vicinity of Campbell/Eleanor/Howard Streets, near the site of the March 20 fatality. The exact location will be determined by engineering judgement based on topography, sightlines, and observations of current pedestrian and traffic patterns.

    A new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon is being considering in the vicinity of Howard Street, near where Barbara Crawford was killed March 20.
  • East Lake: Existing crosswalk at Daniel Avenue, at the northeast corner of East Lake Park.

    GDOT staff installs a temporary pedestrian counter to collect data at the crosswalk near Daniel Avenue at East Lake Park.
  • Cabbagetown/Grant Park: In the vicinity between Boulevard and Pearl Street, likely near Berean Avenue.

    A boy crosses Memorial Drive through traffic at Berean Avenue from Cabbagetown south to Grant Park. Despite the sign, there is no painted crosswalk here. At right (not visible) is the Wilderness Works program for at-risk youth. At left (not visible) is The New School campus.
  • Oakland Cemetery/Grant Park: In the vicinity of the Cemetery’s pedestrian gate and the Grant Park commercial district.

    Pedestrians frequently cross Memorial Drive between Oakland Cemetery’s pedestrian gate and the popular Grant Park commercial district.

Funding: GDOT’s “Quick Response” program, which allows urgent safety projects to be designed and built on an accelerated schedule of 3-4 months. The upper limit is $200,000 each. The first two projects will likely be funded in Fiscal 2017, which ends June 30.

Timeline: Feasibility and design is in progress for the first two projects. It is possible for construction to finish by the end of Summer 2017. A potential delay could be the lead time required for procuring the equipment. Continue reading “Update on near-term safety projects for Memorial Drive”

Bids sought for next phase of Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers to submit proposals for Phase II of 890 Memorial Drive, known as the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing.

This former warehouse was in the process of being renovated by a private developer when the combination of the economic downturn and damage from the 2008 tornado stalled the project. It was acquired in 2011 by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and work was completed on 29 condominium units and one commercial space. Twenty-eight of the units were sold as workforce housing in 2012 to families earning under $69,000.

The first phase of Lofts of Reynoldstown Crossing was a successful adaptive-reuse of a former warehouse into workforce housing. The project was a stop on the 2016 Phoenix Flies tour for Atlanta Preservation Center.

Following the successful development of Phase I, ABI is looking to begin the next phase of construction. There are several goals a developer must meet, including:

  1. Housing with a minimum of 40% of the units meeting the affordability requirements outlined
  2. A commitment and feasible approach towards long-term affordability exceeding 50 years with public or community control over the decision to convert affordable workforce units into unrestricted units
  3. Pedestrian-friendly design of all street and Atlanta BeltLine corridor frontages in keeping with the BeltLine Overlay District
  4. A project design and use of the site which activates the area through interactive Memorial Drive and/or Chester Avenue frontages

The complete RFP can be accessed at the Atlanta BeltLine website.

Dangerous By Design: A nationwide look at pedestrian danger

The sidewalk on the south side of Memorial Drive near Douglas Street. Drivers routinely exceed the 35 mph speed limit. When the sidewalk is impassable (often), then pedestrians are forced to step into oncoming traffic.

ATLANTA _ A recent report by a national organization that advocates for more walkable communities finds that 46,149 people in the US were killed by drivers while walking between 2005 and 2014. Imagine about 11 jumbo jets full of people crashing each year.

The “Dangerous By Design” report is issued by Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to research and advocacy for more walkable communities. It looks at the 104 largest metro areas in the country are ranked according to their “Pedestrian Danger Index,” or PDI. The PDI is a calculation of the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths. Continue reading “Dangerous By Design: A nationwide look at pedestrian danger”

Pedestrian fatality, rollover crash highlight well-known safety issues on Memorial Drive

“No More Memorials on Memorial Drive”: Nearby residents and friends gathered on April 17 to remember Barbara Crawford and call for safety improvements on Memorial Drive. 

KIRKWOOD _ A pair of frightening crashes in the last month are fresh reminders of the life-or-death safety issues on Memorial Drive that have been raised by area residents for years.

In the first, a woman was killed while walking across Memorial Drive in the Kirkwood neighborhood on the evening of Monday, March 20, 2017. Barbara Crawford was crossing at the un-signalized intersection of Campbell Street when she was struck by a westbound driver and pronounced dead at the scene. Atlanta Police found that the victim was not in a marked crosswalk and the driver was not at fault. This is a common finding with pedestrian-vehicle crashes, regardless of road conditions and the location of the nearest legal crosswalk. In this case, the nearest crosswalk was about 350 feet to the east at Warren Street.

In the second, a collision of two drivers ended with one of the vehicles rolled onto the sidewalk at East Lake Terrace, where schoolchildren and parents pass on their way to Drew Charter School. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.  Continue reading “Pedestrian fatality, rollover crash highlight well-known safety issues on Memorial Drive”

Councilmember Archibong hosts Imagine Memorial community update

Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong hosted a meeting for District 5 constituents on Feb. 21, 2017, to offer updates and listen to concerns on a wide range of private and public projects along the Memorial Drive Corridor. (Photo by Johanna Smith)

EAST LAKE _ Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong hosted an Imagine Memorial community update meeting for District 5 constituents at Drew Charter School on February 21, 2017.

Representatives of Memorial Drive Atlanta, the City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and Georgia Department of Transportation walked through the wide range of private development and public infrastructure projects being planned along the Corridor from Downtown to East Lake. The meeting began with an overview of Memorial Drive Atlanta’s central mission to enhance the movement, guide development, preserve a sense of place, and create a central organization to facilitate these goals into the future. Continue reading “Councilmember Archibong hosts Imagine Memorial community update”