The final Stakeholders Presentation of the Greater Piedmont Heights Master Framework Plan took place on September 13, 2012.
Stakeholders in this plan are not just Piedmont Heights residents, businesses and institutions but, equally important, all those in abutting neighborhoods, the Cheshire Bridge Road corridor, the Armour/Ottley industrial area and the Sweetwater Design District.
The seeds for this plan were sown in the spring of 2006 when Livable Communities Coalition held a workshop for Piedmont Heights to address the impact of the proposed Atlanta BeltLine which would run along its western border. Later that year the Georgia Conservancy organized Blueprints Piedmont Heights and produced a Long Term Vision for the neighborhood which subsequently greatly influenced BeltLine Plans for the community and the surrounding area.
14th Street Bridge in Midtown. GDOT initially designed a plain vanilla 8-lane bridge. Midtown Alliance, along with the Home Park Community Improvement Association, hired Peter Drey to design a new bridge. Peter eliminated two traffic lanes, added a landscaped median, decorative screens and lighting, – and they convinced GDOT to build it!
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1. Unify the many plans by others in and around Piedmont Heights into a single implementable Master Framework Plan leveraging community assets, respecting the interests of all persons and following the Hannover Principles.*
2. Modify Buford Highway, Monroe Drive and Piedmont Road for more appropriate interface with abutting neighborhoods and to divert through traffic away from residential areas.
3. Transform the open space under I-85 and along the Peachtree Creek waterway into cultural and environmental assets.
4. Alter internal streets and intersections for safety and walkability, to minimize vehicle/pedestrian conflicts and to encourage appropriate new development.
5. Create a plan for additional green space and a pedestrian network connecting the neighborhood to the BeltLine, nearby trails, parks, creeks and open spaces.
6. Integrate existing and proposed public transit systems ensuring minimum disruption and optimum access.