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Pocket Park Coming to Peachtree & 10th

Construction is currently underway to help better activate and preserve the prominent Midtown Atlanta corner.

A highly visible corner of Midtown where residents have been waiting years for development is currently receiving such, but it's most likely not what the critical masses have been clamoring for.

Others though might be thrilled with the news that Midtown will soon be home to another park complete with a new sustainable garden

Midtown Alliance has partnered with Dewberry Capital Corporation to create a unique, new green space at the northeast corner of Peachtree and 10th streets next to the former Jocks & Jills Sports Grill space that for a short time in the Fall was home to a boutique grocery shop.

Construction is currently underway to create a "pocket park" to activate and preserve this prominent corner.

Envisioned as a community gathering space, the new park will include an inviting lawn for outdoor games and lounging, seating areas to provide a nice spot to enjoy lunch, and new a sustainable garden designed in partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden.   

A small platform is also planned to serve as a temporary stage for acoustic music and other performers. Subsequent phases will include the addition of a signature piece of public art at the corner and outdoor dining at the north end of the park. 

The project is expected to be complete in February.

Midtown Alliance continues to enhance the public realm throughout the district with ongoing projects including tree plantings, sidewalk improvements and repaving. 

Last spring, Midtown Alliance and real estate developer Jamestown worked together to develop a quarter-acre park next to John Marshall Law School, near the intersection of West Peachtree and 18th streets.

What are your thoughts on this new park at the corner of Peachtree and 10th?

Dan Armstrong January 10, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Thank you Midtown Alliance! Cause it seems dewberry, or "donothing" couldnt care less.
Aya Turner January 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I think this is such a GREAT idea!! love love love
Steve Gower January 10, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I think that's kinda lame. We've already got the "green space" already needed at that intersection. That corner need to be redeveloped to look something like in the linked corner. That needs to be a very prominent corner and look like a real city corner. Build that whole block to the sidewalk and conceal that massive parking lot in back. Build up to help bring the sidewalk to life. Dewberry needs to develop that corner like he has been saying for years, or sell it to someone that will. ... http://www.junipergallery.com/galleryview.php?targetnode=149&height=1621&width=2000&targetttl=Night%20Pharmacy&picurl=28982u.jpg
Marc Acampora January 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Of course, at one of the most prominent urban corners in the metro area, there is the greenspace in front of the Federal Reserve, a large patio at the corner by 999, and a fenced in yard by Margaret Mitchell. None of this is engaging, active, urban streetscape.
Marc Acampora January 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Of course, at one of the most prominent urban corners in the metro area, there is the greenspace in front of the Federal Reserve, a large patio at the corner by 999, and a fenced in yard by Margaret Mitchell. None of this is engaging, active, urban streetscape. So, what do we put on the fourth corner - a pocket park. Doh!
James January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
@ Steve and Marc I could not agree more. It is surrounding urbanism that makes small parks special, not the other way around. The Midtown Alliance has done a lot of great work but I think this one is misplaced. The only thing this will do is probably create some resistance to removing the park when someone does finally develop that block. BTW, I LOOOOVE the corner building that Steve linked and HATE when new developments shave off the corner of buildings (see Spire).
James January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
@ Steve and Marc I could not agree more. It is surrounding urbanism that makes small parks special, not the other way around. The Midtown Alliance has done a lot of great work but I think this one is misplaced. The only thing this will do is probably create some resistance to removing the park when someone does finally develop that block. BTW, I LOOOOVE the corner building that Steve linked and HATE when new developments shave off the corner of buildings (see Spire).
Chris Mueller January 11, 2013 at 01:12 PM
It's better than nothing, but I'd like to see that whole block developed in a way that brings more folks to midtown. But please tell me that they are going to re-grade that pocket park so that one does not get the feeling that you are going to roll down the slope into that morass of a parking lot behind the Dewberry property. Just walking down the sidewalk there gives me an uneasy feeling.
Charles Wilson January 11, 2013 at 02:55 PM
This is a better idea than what is currently there or have been there for years! Businesses have been coming and going everywhere in this area. I bet what the above people mean by urbanism is another freaking gay bar with waiters in speedo's or something worse.
midtownblue January 11, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Waiters in speedos? Bring it on! Seriously, though, I think that Woof's sports bar needs to relocate to the former Jock & Jills space. That would be a huge addition to the gayborhood.
bob January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
You people are crazy. What 10th and Peachtree needs is either a CVS/Rite Aid, Liquor Store, U-haul rental location or a gas station (with built in Church's chicken and kiwk-E-mart). On second thought, how about a "Party City"?
JM Hurricane January 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I miss Mamanoes!
Midtown Alliance January 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Midtown Alliance here. We appreciate and share the passion for Midtown. All of us would like to see this prominent block redeveloped. Yet, given the current economic climate, it’s likely to be a while before that happens. In the meantime, we found this to be a great opportunity to create a temporary community amenity, activate this stretch of Peachtree and improve the aesthetics of this high profile corner. Dewberry Capital was enthusiastic and agreed to partner, which made it possible. As noted, the resulting temporary park will include seating areas to enjoy lunch, a new sustainable garden, a small stage for acoustic music/performance and we are exploring a piece of temp art to help anchor the corner.
Tim January 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Thanks Midtown Alliance, most Midtown residents appreciate this and do think it will help the intersection and neighborhood. Don't let the silly comments bother you.
Dan Armstrong January 11, 2013 at 05:48 PM
i agree with Tim and the Alliance! Also with midtownblue. We appreciate.
Drewboo January 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I was hoping for a Dollar Tree.
James January 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Gay bar? Seriously dude if you equate urbanism with gay bars you need to get out a little more.
Clicker January 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I hope that the park is privately patrolled; otherwise it will just be a bum magnet.
Lee January 12, 2013 at 02:51 PM
I love the idea but come on....you know what's going to happen here. It will be swamped with homeless soon. I know that sounds cold, but it's the truth.
Kevin January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I'm all for it, as long as it really is temporary. I can see it now. A year from now when a developer wants to put something on the arguably most prime intersection in Midtown (maybe all of town), people will be screaming, chaining themselves to trees, and throwing bumper stickers and yards signs everywhere crying out to "not let developers take our greenspace." If it is truly temporary, tear down the entire group of eyesore buildings on that block and make it a larger temporary park.
Filtered78 January 15, 2013 at 03:10 PM
If it were economically feasible to build a new tower on that block in Midtown, you can bet that Dewberry would be hard at work pre-leasing and engaging potential tenants in order to get space commitments so they can get construction financing to build a new tower. However, despite what your imagination tells you, in the real world, people make decisions based on economics. Developers don't decide to break ground on a new building because the street corner really needs it or residents are clamoring for it. They build because there is demand for space and there is an opportunity to provide that space and make a profit at the same time. Dewberry isn't to blame. If they sold the parcel to another developer, that wouldn't change the fact that it is simply not economically feasible or viable to build on that land in today's economy.
bob January 16, 2013 at 05:10 PM
We all would have preferred a tanning salon or KFC or some other cheap-o national chain strip-mall type of entity here, but if you insist, we'll have to deal with this new greenspace... **SHRUG**
bob January 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I'd like to see someone actually plant a real Peach tree at the corner, somehow, someway. Peach tree as in the type that bears fruit. Can it be done?
Mark B Rinder January 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Why am I not surprised that yours was the first name on this list of comments?! This is great news, isn't it?
ChadK January 17, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Who wants to grab a torch and storm Dewberry's castle with me? Dewberry, Novare (Borders) and Fuqua are clamoring for the top slot on Atlanta's most hated list. All for good reasons.
Tim January 17, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I am not informed of Dewberry's financinal status. But I would like to point out that this prime corner lot has been vacant for many years, notably during the massive building boom form the 1990s into about 2008 in Midtown/Buckhead. If the owner could not put a deal together during that boom time, then how many more years will it take? 1010 and other buildings in the immediate vicinity were recently built/in the process of being built. Perhaps Dewberry needs to sell to a knowledgable capable builder and move on.
ChadK January 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Look! Selig is looking to buy more land and actually develop it... Dewberry should do Atlanta a favor and sell this parcel to them.

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