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GDOT Board Officially Authorizes $1.1 Billion 285/Georgia 400 Re-Build 

A bird's eye view of the future I-285/Georgia 400 interchange, including the addition of miles of collector and distributor lanes and improvements to interstate exits along both 285 and 400, as well as new walking and biking connectivity to the PATH Trail system, via connection to the Buckhead/Georgia 400 PATH trail.

The planned $1.1 billion re-construction of the I-285/Georgia 400 interchange moved a major step forward this summer with the formal approval of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) Board, and authorization of up to $907-million in state and bond funds committed towards the project. 
GDOT Committee Chair Rudy Bowen referenced this action as historic, "We're acting on...the biggest (highway) project ever in Georgia."
The re-design and construction will actually be two simultaneous projects operating under one contract, involving the re-building of the actual interchange with multiple new flyover ramps, as well as collector and distributor lane and exit access improvements extending from Ashford-Dunwoody Road to Roswell Road along 285 and a new stretch of non-tolled barrier separated north and southbound collector/distributor lanes outside of the existing lanes on Georgia 400.

The redesign also includes construction of a shared-use path in the southeast quadrant of the I-285/Georgia 400 interchange to connect the Perimeter Center Business District to Buckhead.
PCIDs Announce New Board Members

William (Bill) Baker, Senior General Manager, Perimeter Mall; Steve Silfer, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate Development, United Parcel Service; John Bell, Regional Senior Vice President, Regent Partners 

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts are pleased to announce new board appointments to the Central DeKalb and Fulton Improvement Districts.  William (Bill) Baker, Senior General Manager of Perimeter Mall, has joined the Central DeKalb board.  Steve Silfer, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate Development at United Parcel Service has joined the Fulton Board, and also been named Board Secretary.  John Bell, Regional Senior Vice President at Regent Partners has also joined the Fulton CID board.

Board leadership of the PCIDs and PBA present a formal resolution to Governor Nathan Deal at the Capitol on Monday, July 27th, regarding the voluntary commitment of $10-million from property owners and the PCIDs, to cover part of the initial project construction costs of the $1.1-billion reconstruction of the I-285/Georgia 400 interchanges.  The PCIDs will transmit the funds in early 2017, after ground is broken on the project.  The new interchange is expected to be open for use in 2020. "We celebrate a major historic milestone to move forward in infrastructure delivery for the state," said Yvonne Williams, CEO of the PCIDs. 

Pictured left to right - Kay Younglove, Jones Lang LaSalle; John Heagy, Hines; Steve Slifer, United Parcel Service; Governor Nathan Deal; Yvonne Williams, PCIDs; Allen Nelson, Crawford & Company; Cody Partin, Cox Enterprises and Bob Voyles, Seven Oaks.

Q. How will the re-construction of the 285/Georgia 400 interchange impact your daily commute?

"Even though traffic will continue to grow, in the long haul, you'll save more time."  - Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, at the June 23rd luncheon of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. 

**Sound-off will seek answers from community leaders, PBA members and property owners within the PCIDs on hot topics of the day.  Please feel free to send your suggested topic or question for future issues to Tammy Thompson, Director of External Affairs at

Third Rail Studios, a film production facility, is just one part of the 165-acre re-development of the former Doraville General Motors Plant site.  The movie studio will anchor "The Yards" section of the ongoing re-development, called The Assembly

From making mini-vans to making movies.  That's but one exciting part of what the Atlanta-based Integral Group has planned for the 165-acre re-development of the former Doraville General Motors Plant.  The site, located just above the I-85/I-285 interchange, dwarfs even the massive re-development in downtown Atlanta which became Atlantic Station (formerly the 138-acre Atlantic Steel Mill), as it will also expand across rail lines to serve as a catalyst for the re-development of Doraville's downtown and significantly improve access to the adjacent MARTA rail station.
The site is uniquely situated with dual interstate access, multiple onsite rail lines, the Doraville MARTA station and nearby access to both Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.  It has been rumored that this is also the only suitable site for upgraded Amtrak passenger rail service for Atlanta left in the metro area as the removal of rail beds along the Atlanta Beltline made expanding direct passenger rail access to Midtown or downtown extremely challenging, given the size and rail access requirements needed by Amtrak.
Plans call for dividing the huge site into several precincts including "The Yards," "The Commons" and "The Village" as well as "Main Street" and "The Campus."  The development will architecturally give nods to the neighborhoods originally surrounding the plant when it was created more than 60 years ago.  The mixed-use project will be primarily low to mid-rise construction.
"The Yards" will be the first section of completed development at The Assembly.  This southwest corner of the site has already broken ground and will include loft style buildings with an industrial look, as well as cottage-like outbuildings and some office spaces built inside old rail cars.  Egbert Perry, CEO of Integral Group, has also shared plans to maintain and re-purpose several of the buildings on the former GM Campus.
A bridge will also be constructed, adjacent to the Doraville MARTA station, and over the site access rail lines, re-connecting The Assembly site to downtown Doraville.  The rail lines and MARTA had previously long-separated the two.
The project will be constructed in phases and will take several years to complete, although the future destination has already attracted several other large re-development projects to the area including one along Buford Highway (see the next issue of Perimeter Pathways for further details).
The Honorable U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell)

Perimeter Business Alliance Leadership Luncheons
Program keynote speaker at the next Perimeter Business Alliance (PBA) Leadership Luncheon on Friday, August 28 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Sandy Springs, will be U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell), who is also Chair of the House Budget Committee.  
Atlanta Business Chronicle, June 17, 2015

New 285/Georgia 400 Interchange Will Save Drivers' Time, The Reporter Newspapers, July 26, 2015
Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) announce new board leadership, Atlanta Journal Constitution July 5, 2015, Atlanta Journal Constitution July 12, 2015 & Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 3, 2015

Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber Talks Change, Growth, DeKalb Neighbor Newspaper, July 22, 2015
Perimeter Pathways, August 2015, Volume I., Issue 4

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