Timeline, ‘Virtual Video’ Released For HUB404, The Highway-Topping Buckhead Park

Considered the nation’s first 'Transit-Oriented Park,' HUB404 connects to MARTA’s Buckhead station and will become a reality by 2025.
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HUB404, the nine-acre “elevated green space” set to top a portion of GA400 that runs through Buckhead, Wednesday released an official timeline for construction and a “virtual video” of the project.

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Considered the nation’s first “Transit-Oriented Park,” HUB404 connects to MARTA’s Buckhead station and will become a reality by 2025.

The official timeline follows:

  • 2019 – 2020: Fundraising for engineering and design work, as well as initial fundraising for eventual development and construction of the Park.
  • 2020 – 2021: Completion of engineering, design and environmental planning work. Continued fundraising for the Park’s development and construction.
  • 2022 – 2023: “Ground-making” construction begins (defined as creating green and public space above the GA400 highway).
  • 2024 – 2025: Complete construction. Ribbon-cutting and grand opening in 2025. Initiation of public programming in partnership with other key Atlanta organizations.

“The one-of-a-kind HUB404 is a proposed half-mile green space and gathering place that will reconnect a community currently divided by Georgia 400,” according to the announcement.

HUB404 will create an innovative “cap park” atop the highway that seamlessly links to the PATH400 Greenway Trail, MARTA, neighboring streets, local parks, and key area destinations, including the Atlanta BeltLine when completed.

“The project is poised to move forward quickly now that the foundational work of establishing HUB404 Conservancy, Inc., has been completed,” Jay Gould, Interface CEO and HUB404 Conservancy board chair, said in the announcement.

“During the past six months, the Board has better defined the project and created a brand framework that conveys to the larger public and institutional audiences what the initiative is seeking to achieve and why. We are now moving quickly to raise funds for the next phase of engineering and design work needed to begin actual construction, with a target for completion and ribbon cutting of 2025.”

As part of the preparation work, the Buckhead CID, with the assistance of a grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, oversaw the gathering of survey data regarding property boundaries, topography and subsurface and above ground utilities, as well as a compilation of subsurface geotechnical data generated during past construction activities related to GA400, the MARTA rail line and station, and private development activities.

The HUB404 concept was designed by ROGERS PARTNERS and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

The 2,500-foot-long public space over the highway will provide “distinct experiences” including the shaded grove of the Commons for picnics and casual gatherings, a grand Plaza with a large public display at the MARTA station, gardens for immersive nature and art walks, and more.

Spanning the length of the park, an allée (or lane) of high-canopied trees will provide a defining structural element to the sequence of spaces.

“This focus on biophilic, or nature-friendly design reinforces the direct relationship between people and nature, promoting better physical and mental health for Atlanta area residents and visitors,” Buckhead CID’s Jim Durrett said in the announcement.

As plans and funding progress, the HUB404 Conservancy will be reaching out to diverse communities throughout Atlanta to cooperatively develop the programming within the park, attracting people from throughout Atlanta for shared experiences.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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