BREAKING NEWS! Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail Groundbreaking with Mayor Kasim Reed

This morning, Tuesday November 12th of 2014 was a historic one.  Krish Dhokia, Marketing Director of Red Robin Group, along with hundreds of other politicians, developers, enthusiasts and citizens gathered to celebrate the historical event at Adair Park in South Atlanta. 

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” I am so excited!  I am really looking forward to watching the south side of our great city thrive just like other neighborhoods have in the recent years.  From the new Universal Studios building to the buzz being created by interested investors in Adair Park and the surrounding communities really excite me.”  __ quoted from a 30 year resident that Krish Dhokia met during a unprecedented speech by Reverend Gerald Durley, Pastor Emeritus of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

What was the event you might ask?

  It was the much anticipated groundbreaking of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside trail, a three mile addition to the BeltLine network connecting 10 southwest Atlanta neighborhoods. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed led the groundbreaking along with Council members, BeltLine members and even Jim Kennedy (honorary co-chair of Atlanta BeltLine Capital Campaign Committee from the COX communication family who has been a volatile contributor the fundraising campaign for the projects. The $43 million investment, using both public and private funds, marks an historic day for the City of Atlanta and its southwest neighborhoods.

“This is an historic moment for southwest Atlanta and the entire City,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The Westside Trail is the largest expansion of the BeltLine to date, with $43 million in public and private funds that serve as an investment in the future of southwest Atlanta. We are moving quickly toward our goal of completing the Atlanta BeltLine to connect every corner of our city. The Westside Trail will bring new vitality and investment to the neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.”  (Resource: AtlantaGA.gov Press Release)

“I want to thank the Atlanta philanthropic community for their generosity. Their support was critical in expediting the Westside Trail,” added Mayor Reed.

 

The Westside Trail connects residents to four schools, four parks, public transit, existing community businesses, and future economic development sites.

When completed, the Westside Trail will have a 14-foot wide concrete multi-use trail in this historic railroad corridor.  The project will also include the construction of 14 access points, 11 of which are ADA-accessible, along with lighting, security cameras, signage, way-finding, mile-markers, and underground infrastructure.  An expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine arboretum will blend with hundreds of large, native trees and integrate more than 30 acres of inviting and usable new green space. The project will be constructed in preparation for future transit that is currently is the planning stages.

The Atlanta BeltLine has more than one million annual visitors, and earlier this year, the International Real Estate Federation recognized the Atlanta BeltLIne as the best environmental rehabilitation project in the world.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter@Kasim Reed

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Posted by:  Krish Dhokia

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