Is this park concept over Ga. 400 the future of Buckhead?

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Is this park concept over Ga. 400 the future of Buckhead?

A Buckhead business group unveiled updated renderings Wednesday of a potential park capping Ga. 400 near Lenox Square that would connect a trail network with green space and establishing links between major office towers and new residential high-rises.

The renderings are part of the Buckhead Community Improvement District proposal for a “world-class open space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core,” the organization said in a news release.

The CID will present “Phase I concept drawings” at a public meeting today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Theatre. The Buckhead CID, which consists of businesses that tax themselves for infrastructure projects, unveiled the idea about a year ago for what’s called a “deck park.”

The project would stretch from Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree Road to the Lenox Road-Ga. 400 interchange. It would essentially cover Ga. 400 and the Buckhead MARTA station, and connect with the PATH 400 trail network.

“We believe Buckhead residents, employees and visitors will truly benefit from the addition of a world class open space,” said Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID executive director, said in the release.

The concept, designed by Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, would create different zones for activities, including one called the Commons, the Plaza and the Gardens, and would feature a mature tree canopy, the release said.

The CID board, made of major commercial property owners in the district, plans to hold a vote Oct. 5 on whether to proceed with the concept.

Last year, the group sought designers and planners to advance the concept, which backers say would bring needed green space and a gathering place to the core of Buckhead’s business district.

The Buckhead CID isn’t the only group considering such a deck park. Last month, Central Atlanta Progress unveiled a similar, though much larger, proposal to cap the Downtown Connector from Spring Street to the area near Georgia Power’s headquarters.

Dallas has gotten a lot of attention for its Klyde Warren Park, a more than five-acre development over the busy Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which opened a few years ago.

More on this story as it develops.

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