Avondale Estates looking at possible roundabout at Laredo/Clarendon

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Avondale Estates looking at possible roundabout at Laredo/Clarendon

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Though quiet here, this is a typically busy intersection during weekdays and involving three roads: Clarendon Road in the foreground bending right into Laredo Drive with Parry Street jutting to the left. The 13 acres owned by Avila Real Estate is in the background. The tentative plan is 400 to 500 apartments for the Avila site. The city is contemplating building a roundabout at this intersection. Bill Banks for the AJC

Avondale Estates has submitted an application for a grant to fund a traffic design and feasibility study for the Laredo Drive/North Clarendon Road/Parry Street intersection. According to City Planner Keri Stevens the total project will cost $50,000 and it’s hoped a Liveable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission will pay $40,000 of that.

“We are looking into a roundabout [for the intersection] as something that will be more functional and aesthetically pleasing,” Stevens said.

The study would assimilate both current and projected redevelopment conditions. The intersection is a busy and, with three roads, an awkward one. But the big unknown is that it’s adjacent to the proposed mixed-use development on the old Fenner Dunlop Mill site.

Avila Real Estate has owned those 13 acres for three years but so far has submitted no official design plan. A very tentative plan that’s at least two years old calls for 400 to 500 apartments and 60 townhomes with the entrance on Laredo. Mayor Jonathan Elmore estimates the development would add 1,500 to the city’s population.

Stevens adds that the study, which should finish in 2018, would provide several options for the intersection besides a roundabout.

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