City Initiated Bankhead MARTA Station Rezoning’s Advance TOD Goals

The rezones are expected to encourage additional transit-oriented development and provide affordable housing near the Bankhead MARTA Station.
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Councilmember Dustin Hillis introduced an Ordinance to rezone properties near the Bankhead MARTA Station and currently zoned industrial, mixed residential/commercial, and single-family residential to mixed residential commercial. Additionally, companion action to amend the Comprehensive Development Plan to encourage additional transit-oriented development and provide affordable housing in proximity to the Bankhead MARTA Station is being proposed by the Community Development/Human Services Committee.

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Neighborhood Planning Unit -J will be reviewing the City initiated rezoning’s of I-2/BL (Light industrial/BeltLine overlay), MRC-1/BL (Mixed residential commercial/BeltLine overlay), MRC-3/BL (Mixed residential commercial/BeltLine overlay), and R-4A/BL (Single-family residential/BeltLine overlay) to MRC-3/BL (Mixed residential commercial/BeltLine overlay), along with the land use amendment of specific properties from Open Space to Mixed-Use during their December 14, 2021 meeting.  The affected properties include:

Street AddressCurrent ZoningProposed Zoning
1269 Loveless AvenueI-2/BLMRC-3/BL
1275 Loveless AvenueI-2/BLMRC-3/BL
639 Gary AvenueMRC-1/BLMRC-3/BL
1287 Donald L. HollowellMRC-3/BLMRC-3/BL
1264 Donald Lee Hollowell ParkwayMRC-1/BLMRC-3/BL
1262 Donald Lee Hollowell ParkwayMRC-1/BLMRC-3/BL
1258 Donald Lee Hollowell ParkwayMRC-1/BLMRC-3/BL
605 Anthony StreetR-4A/BLMRC-3/BL
593 Anthony StreetR-4A/BLMRC-3/BL

The Atlanta Transit-Oriented Development Strategy documents the established goal to increase the number of residential dwelling units by 25,000 units within ½ miles of a transit station by 2025 through regulatory powers, including rezoning and changes in development requirements. In 2016, NPU-J adopted policies that encouraged development like Transit-Oriented Developments within proximity to the Bankhead MARTA Station.

Transit-oriented developments (TOD’s) are typically dense development located within ½ mile from an existing or proposed transit station. TOD’s generally promote mixed-use developments that combine various housing components (including affordable housing), offices and often provide maximum access to nearby transit options. 

According to Invest Atlanta’s website, efforts to incentivize and increase transit-oriented development in Atlanta include a partnership between Invest Atlanta, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, and the Low Income Investment Fund creating a $15 million pilot fund which provides below-market, patient capital to support the acquisition and pre-development of workforce housing near MARTA stations, the Atlanta Streetcar, the Atlanta BeltLine and other modes of transit.

The fund includes $4.5 million of City of Atlanta Housing Opportunity Bond financing with an additional $10.5 million from the Enterprise Community Loan Fund and the Low Income Investment Fund.

The rezoning and land use amendments are not currently scheduled to be reviewed by the Zoning Review Board according to the NPU-J Agenda.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.

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  1. LETS GO! Long overdue. I would like to live walking distance to Bankhead Marta without paying $700,000 for a Brockbuilt…this should help.

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