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Final Public Open House

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur

I-20 EAST TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD)

Community Plan

The I-20 East Transit Oriented Development Community Plan is a land use and economic development study undertaken by DeKalb County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA ) to create a plan for transit-oriented development in the I-20 East corridor.   

For more information, contact:

Sylvia Smith, DeKalb County

sasmith@dekalbcountyga.gov

404.371.2299

Greg Floyd, MARTA

gfloyd@itsmarta.com

404.848.5508

Have questions about transit in the  I-20 East corridor? 

 

What is TOD?

Transit oriented development (TOD) is physical development influenced by and oriented to transit. TOD is centered around quality public transportation and often includes a mix of housing, office, retail, and other amenities. TOD aims to create a walkable neighborhood and build community. It can, but does not necessarily, include higher densities and multifamily options, dependent on locational context. It generally encourages mobility choice, and helps to improve the quality of life.

Compact, Dense Station Area Development

A Great Public Realm

A Rich Mix of Land Uses

A New Approach to Parking

MARTA TOD PRINCIPLES

What are the benefits of TOD?

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Provides better options for getting around

Encourages connectivity between different transit modes

Promotes walkability and an active lifestyle

Provides a space for growth without impacting existing neighborhoods

Creates great places to Live/Work/Play

Offers opportunity to include workforce housing

Increases "location efficiency" to reduce the number of trips and leads to less reliance on the automobile

Creates discernible centers of activity with relatively higher densities

Enhances the public realm

Catalyzes economic development potential and increases adjacent property values

Station Area TOD Frameworks

 

What is the I-20 East TOD Community Plan?

It is a partnership between DeKalb County and MARTA to create a plan for transit oriented development in the I-20 East corridor.  In 2015, the Federal Transit Administration awarded a $1.6 million grant intended to help a high-capacity transit project in the I-20 East corridor compete for federal funding by addressing land uses and economic development. DeKalb County and MARTA each contributed half of the required $400,000 local matching funds for the grant, which was the largest awarded from the FTA pilot program for TOD planning.   

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This Study WILL:

Identify specific policies and incentives for context-sensitive development at proposed station locations

 

Create partnerships to catalyze PRIVATE development around stations, anticipating a 10 - 20 year buildout

Set the stage for TOD that can support whichever mode is selected for the corridor by the DeKalb County Transit Master Plan

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The effort is NOT  intended to:

Identify property for MARTA acquisition or development

 

Advance transit alternatives or finalize transit/station locations and alignments

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Station Area TOD Frameworks

The TOD project team has been working with local residents and stakeholders to develop a community-centered vision for development in the corridor. Based on this vision, market analysis and ouputs from recent and ongoing planning efforts, the project's urban design team has crafted station area plans for affordable, attractive, and transit-supportive development.

Skills & Languages

WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE

Data Analysis

Content Writing & Editing

INDIAN CREEK

The Indian Creek Station is the existing eastern terminus of MARTA heavy rail service. The station area is characterized by large surface parking lots that provide 2,350 spaces for end-of -the-line commuters. Apart from some strip development along Redan Road, the proposed station is surround by residential development. 

COVINGTON HIGHWAY

The Covington Highway Station is proposed for the northwest corner of the Covington Highway interchange with I-285. The station area is characterized by two largely vacant shopping centers and Peach Baptist Church. The station area includes multifamily/medium-density apartments along Covington Highway, and mostly single-family, low-density residential subdivisions along local, winding roads, including Mountain Brook, Meadowdale, and others.  

WESLEY CHAPEL

Wesley Chapel Road Station is proposed for the northwest corner of the Wesley Chapel Road interchange with I-20. I-20 runs east-west through the center of the station area, separating the communities to the north and south. Most of the station area consists of large-scale and big-box retail connected through parking lots and collector roads. The remaining residential land is divided mostly into developments containing communities of low-density, single-family homes along local roadways. 

PANOLA ROAD

The Panola Road Station is proposed for the southwest corner of the interchange of Panola Road with I-20, which runs through the center of the station area, dividing the neighborhoods to the north and south. Panola Road is the only north-south connector in the station area. The station area primarily consists of light industrial establishments, offices for health care/small businesses, fast-food restaurants, and big-box retails. 

LITHONIA INDUSTRIAL

The proposed Lithonia Industrial Boulevard Station is located south of I-20, at the terminus of Lithonia Industrial Boulevard. To the north of I-20, the station area is home to residential neighborhoods, with some retail and commercial destinations along Lithonia Industrial Boulevard. Commercial/Industrial parks have not found much success in the northern parts of the station area. To the south of I-20, the station area consists primarily of undeveloped land and the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. 

MALL AT STONECREST

The proposed Mall at Stonecrest Station would be the last station along the I-20 extension. Mall at Stonecrest and surrounding retail and commercial storefronts provide employment opportunities. There are developer interests in place to establish area around the mall as a regional and national destination. Large parcels of undeveloped and unoccupied land to the west of the Mall represent opportunities for future growth and development. The Station Area also contains residential areas consisting mostly of low-density, single family homes or apartment complexes. 

 

Public Engagement

Through regular events, the planning and design team have met with the project Advisory Committee, public agencies, municipal and community leaders, local property owners and developers, and members of the public.

The project team gathered feedback on project development through Advisory Committee Meetings, Developer Forums, DeKalb County, MARTA, City of Stonecrest Meetings, Public Design Workshops, Public Kiosks, and Community Organization Meetings.

What is equitable TOD?

A people-based strategy combined with a place-based approach to connect people of all incomes, race, ethnicities, and abilities to economic opportunities, employment, services and amenities needed to create healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities.

TRANSPORTATION

HOUSING

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LAND USE

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

CONTACT US

For more information, contact:

Greg Floyd, MARTA

gfloyd@itsmarta.com

404.848.5508

Sylvia Smith, DeKalb County

sasmith@dekalbcountyga.gov

404.371.2299