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.