FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2022
MARTA ADVANCES TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AT INDIAN
CREEK AND H.E. HOLMES STATIONS
ATLANTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority (MARTA) Board of Directors today advanced pre-development
work on two transit-oriented development (TOD) projects on the East/West Line,
with the award of master planning contracts for Indian Creek and H.E. Holmes
rail stations and surrounding areas, and approval to issue a TOD Request for
Proposals (RFP) for Indian Creek.
The Indian Creek TOD RFP approval positions
the property equally with TODs at H.E. Holmes and Kensington Stations, which
received previous board support. Next, MARTA and its consultants will complete
the master planning and rezoning of these significant land areas, then issue
TOD RFPs to the development community.
The board also awarded master planning
contracts to WSP for Indian Creek and HKS for H.E. Holmes. 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.
“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
MARTA has been a member of these
communities in unincorporated DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta for decades
and the master planning efforts will provide stakeholders the opportunity to
help shape an equitable, mixed use development plan.
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.