Central Atlanta Progress’s (CAP) 114-page concept study surfaced this week outlining a vision to convert a portion of the interstate highway into the project.
Plans this week surfaced for The Stitch, a project that envisions capping the Downtown Connector by constructing a ¾-mile platform over the highway, extending from the Civic Center MARTA station at West Peachtree Street to Piedmont Avenue.
Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) have been leading the charge to advance the project, working with Jacobs Engineering to produce the initial concept study in 2015.
“This new space would create urban greenspace and foster new development both atop and adjacent to the platform,” according to CAP website. “The project will fill the void between Downtown and Midtown, disjointed years ago due to construction of the interstate.”
The Stitch gets its name from the “re-stitching” of the neighborhoods bringing “about a unified central business district for the City of Atlanta.”
The concept study imagined three “character zones” programmed with a variety of uses:
Here’s CAP’s concept study in its entirety:
A construction timeline for the $300 Million project has not been set as the project is still conceptual. Next steps to advance the vision of The Stitch include completing a detailed civil engineering survey, a technical feasibility study and a schematic design.