Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI) has closed on a major piece of property near the Westside corridor, according to a press release Wednesday.
The three-quarter-mile line is an unused railroad corridor stretching from Joseph E. Boone Boulevard to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and was acquired from Bethursday Development Corporation.
“It provides a critical connection between Northside Drive and the 1.8-mile segment of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor purchased in August 2018, informally known as the ‘Kudzu Line,'” according to the announcement.
The $5.1 million purchase was funded by T-SPLOST dollars, passed by City of Atlanta voters in 2016.
The Conservation Fund helped facilitate the acquisition.
“The Atlanta BeltLine and its partners are paving the way for a more unified and accessible Atlanta,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in the release.
“This purchase advances the goal of connecting everyone in the city with growth and opportunity.”
As part of the planned 33 miles of trail network, this latest trail will provide connectivity between the Atlanta Beltline corridor and PATH Foundation trails leading into Downtown Atlanta.
It will directly connect the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods to the Atlanta BeltLine.
ABI is currently working on a few remaining land acquisitions to assemble the full corridor while also collaborating with the PATH Foundation on funding opportunities to construct a multi-use trail on this corridor.