ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Board of Directors advanced pre-development work on two Transit-Oriented development (TOD) projects on the East/West Line, by awarding master planning contracts for Indian Creek and H.E. Holmes rail stations and approval to issue a TOD Request for Proposals (RFP) for Indian Creek.
The board awarded the master planning contracts to WSP for Indian Creek and HKS for the H.E. Holmes station. Both firms bring teams with a depth of experience in both planning and community engagement. Indian Creek and H.E. Holmes are end-of-line stations, residing at the westernmost and easternmost points of the Blue Line and together have significant land area for development, with 52 and 22 acres respectively.
MARTA and its consultants will complete the master planning and rezoning of these land areas, then issue TOD RFPs to the development community.
“Development at and around these rail stations presents a significant opportunity to benefit the surrounding communities while allowing for an increase in ridership and a better overall experience for our customers,” said MARTA Interim General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood.
The master planning efforts will provide stakeholders in unincorporated DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta the opportunity to help shape an equitable, mixed-use development plan for these areas, officials said.
The Blue/Green Line is experiencing significant TOD activity including the grand opening of a mixed-income multifamily community, Marchon, at King Memorial Station; the near complete mixed-income multifamily community, Quill, at Edgewood/Candler Park Station; a senior affordable housing project that will break ground at Avondale Station this fall; a partnership with the Housing Authority of DeKalb County for a 250-unit affordable community at Kensington Station; and the recent issuance of a TOD RFP for Bankhead Station.