It will be surrounded by 330 apartments, stores and restaurants that are under construction between Decatur High School and the city government center.
Mayor Pro Tem Tony Powers admitted the Task Force’s goals aren’t altogether solidified, although one of its initial challenges is crafting a definition of affordable housing as it fits the city.
According to Brian Dralle with J.D. Signature Homes in Roswell, the project includes six condos or two two-bedroom (1100 square feet) and four three-bedroom units (1450 square feet).
During the interim only the six original sites covered by the current network will receive service: City Hall, the police station, both fire stations, the Decatur Recreation Center and Public Works.
This comes during a stretch of several months of contention with current provider Comcast, which says the city needs to begin paying a monthly fee of roughly $30,000. Under the original 1999 franchise agreement with Media One (Comcast’s predecessor) the city wasn’t paying anything.
The operating agreement sets a number of parameters including: where to ride (not on sidewalks) and where to park (you can’t block pedestrian/wheelchair/fire hydrant access).
According to the Garden’s Executive Director Kate McAlpin, expansion includes enhanced signage, expanded parking, better access for school buses, and new ADA-accessible walkways for pedestrians in reaching the Garden’s trails.
Beginning at Clairemont, the cycle track heads south on Commerce to West Trinity Place, turning east on West Trinity and connecting with the North McDonough Street cycle track that was completed in 2017.
Taylor is currently the assistant manager for La Grange, and before that was an assistant to the city manager in Chamblee.
“Atlanta is still producing a healthy number of jobs, and supply is declining in urban areas,” said Harvey Wadsworth, managing director of development for Mill Creek Residential, Atlanta region.