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Midtown Alliance Monthly Construction Update: August 1, 2013

What is getting built and where in Midtown Atlanta.

Midtown Skyline, credit Marc Richardson
Midtown Skyline, credit Marc Richardson
Every month, Midtown Alliance provides a construction update on current ongoing Public Space Projects in and around Midtown.  Midtown Patch has included the list of current projects below.  For full details or for questions about specific questions, please visit the Midtown Alliance website directly

UNDER CONSTRUCTION:

10th Streetscape - This project includes installation of new sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian lighting, landscaped medians and ADA upgrades between Williams Street and Piedmont Avenue.  Other improvements include a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing at the Midtown MARTA Station as well as burial of overhead power lines and poles between Peachtree and Juniper Streets.  Construction crews will continue work in the block between Peachtree and Juniper over the next several weeks.

Peachtree Streetscape: Southern End - This project started in May and will extend the Peachtree Streetscape "pallette" to the southern end of Midtown.  The stretch between 3rd and Pine Streets will be upgraded with new sidewalks, pavers, curbing and pedestrian lights.  Select portions of overhead utility lines will also be relocated underground.  Over the next two weeks, construction crews will be working on the west side of the street between 3rd Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.  

Peachtree Streetscape: Northern End – Now in its final phases, this project extends Peachtree streetscaping to the northern end of Midtown between Peachtree Circle and the I-85 Bridge.  Over the next two weeks, construction crews will be finishing the Peachtree Street/Peachtree Circle intersection.

South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvements – This $4 million effort provides a wide range of improvements along North Avenue and Ponce de Leon Avenue including circulation improvements, streetscape upgrades, installation of key "gateway" features and creation of new public spaces such as Ponce Triangle near the Fox Theater.  Final phases included new colored/stamped crosswalks at Peachtree intersections with Ponce and North.  Our team will complete final punch list items over the next couple weeks.

Peachtree Overhead Utility Burial - After being hosted Downtown for several decades, the 33rd Annual Children's Christmas Parade will take place in Midtown for the first time this December.  In anticipation of the event, we are spearheading an effort to bury all currently-overhead utility lines crossing Peachtree Street.  Our team is currently working on crossings at 5th, 8th and 16th Streets.

RECENTLY COMPLETED:

10th Street Cycle Track - The success of the recently-completed Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail increased the already-high demand for bicycle facilities in Midtown.  As a result, we partnered with the City of Atlanta and the PATH Foundation to implement Phase 1 of a dedicated two-way "cycle track" on 10th Street along Piedmont Park, between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive.  The facility connects cyclists between Midtown's core and the BeltLine, and anticipates future cycle routes on Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue.

10th Street Temporary Pocket Park (at 10th/Peachtree) – Through a collaboration with Dewberry Capital, we created a temporary “pocket park” corner of 10th and Peachtree Streets.  The new space includes a multi-use lawn, badminton net, seating areas, pedestrian paths, and water-wise plantings designed in partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  A second phase of exciting park improvements will occur this fall.

District-Wide Tree Replacement Program – We installed over 50 new street trees in March in conjunction with our seasonal effort to identify diseased, dying and missing street trees and replace them with new, healthy, urban-tolerant street trees throughout the entire Midtown Improvement District.  Soon we will begin our fall inventory in preparation for next year's tree replacement planting in early spring 2014.

Spring Landscape Installation - Preparing for a beautiful summer, Midtown Green planted new shrubs, annuals and perennials along streets, in medians, and in parks and plazas throughout the District. 

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