Video – Panel Discusses the Future of Bass Field

At an April 18 Open House panel discussion, three expert opinions were focused on the future of Little Five Points and Bass Field*.  The Open House, hosted by the Little Five Points CID provided observations from and recommendations for the Moreland corridor LCI 10-Year Update.  The panel members responded with ideas important to the study’s chapter on Bass Field as a catalytic site for improvements in Little Five Points.

The panel was part of a larger Open House sponsored by the Little Five Points CID and the Moreland Avenue Corridor Livable Centers Initiative Plan 10 year Update.   The Open House presented observations and recommendations for the larger study area, extending from Freedom Park to I-20, and along DeKalb Avenue between the closest MARTA stations. (45 minutes)

The Panel included:

Andrew Somoza is President of UBack, a charitable-giving transactions business.  He is a technology entrepreneur with 20-plus years of experience in leading successful early-stage organizations. Mr. Somosa also maintains a portfolio of investments reflecting his broad interests, including a partnership now operating the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and the Georgia Theater in Athens, among other venues. He holds a bachelor’s in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Aileen Almassy is Managing Director of Cushman Wakefield in Atlanta. As a 19-year veteran in commercial real estate, she has extensive experience in the leasing and management of Class A Office properties. Ms. Almassy specializes in landlord representation, and as Leasing Director she is responsible for leading Cushman & Wakefield Atlanta’s agency leasing practice for office buildings throughout the metro area.  Among her recent responsibilities was the office lease-up of Ponce City Market.

Michael Alexander, AICP  is Director of the Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission.  The Center integrates various aspects of physical planning and data resources to lead Regional Planning in Metro Atlanta. Center activities include the Region’s long-range development plan and other functional plans. Mr. Alexander has worked on numerous planning efforts for ARC including Envision6 and the ARC’s latest adopted plan, Plan2040. Mr. Alexander earned dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Community Planning from Auburn University. He’s also served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm.

 

 

*             Bass Field lies in the triangle between Euclid, Austin, and Moreland Avenues. The undeveloped tract is more than five acres, but is largely invisible, lying below Moreland and above Euclid.  Consequently, it must remained secured, and is managed by a private soccer club.

Arkwright Intersection Improvement will improve traffic flow, provide pedestrian refuge

In February, 2016, GDOT approved a concept plan for improvements to the Arkwright Place/Moreland Ave. Intersection.  The intersection, just notth of Memorial Drive was the historic location of a streetcar line that connected Atlanta to Decatur along a dedicated right of way, which continues to run parallel to the main alignment of Arkwright and provides access to buildings facing the street.  The proposed design converts the northern parallel streetcar alignment to an access-way, replacing its intersection with Moreland Ave .   with green space.  A paved median is installed in Moreland Ave. to prevent vehicular turning or through movements on Arkwright with a pedestrian refuge and a hybrid pedestrian beacon installed to assist pedestrians crossing Moreland Ave.  Total cost of design, right of way acquisition and construction is estimated at $2,322,720, with an programmed construction date of 2018.  The full Concept Report is available at

https://gtas.dot.ga.gov/0012596/Concept%20Reports/0012596_CR_FEB2016.pdf

GDOT Bike/Ped Concept Report is now available

The Concept Report for GDOT Bike/Ped improvements to Moreland Avenue between Mansfield Ave. and DeKalb Ave. has been approved by GDOT.  It includes bike lanes and other improvements, medians, and a mid-block pedestrian crossing with a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon midway between Mansfield and Euclid.  Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019.Moreland Ave Safety Improvements Approved Concept Report 04 27 2016