Architect and local resident Sheri Locke’s proposed design for the four acres owned by Avondale Estates between North Avondale Road (south) and New Street (north). Note that Franklin Street bisects the property but in this rendition is limited to pedestrians only. The amphitheater is in the northeast corner and two retail building front North Avondale. Courtesy of Sheri Locke.

Avondale Estates looking at next steps for developing four acres

Avondale Estates’ commission and Downtown Development Authority are once again mulling over the next steps for developing the four acres off North Avondale Road purchased by the city several years ago.

During a recent commission work session architect and Avondale resident Sheri Locke gave a detailed presentation of her rendition for the site, chosen by both public polling and city commissioners from 11 designs submitted last year.

Locke’s configuration includes an amphitheater on the northeast corner, at the apex of a natural cascading slope. Two retail/restaurant buildings front North Avondale with a “promenade” between them leading to two crisscrossing paths. The property is bisected by Franklin St. that, within the four acres, is open to pedestrians only. The middle 2 to 2.5 acres, which includes the amphitheater, is devoted to park space.

DDA Vice Chair Sam Collier said he still isn’t ready to give a specific timeline for development of the space.

“I think the next step is to do some type of public process,” he said. “I do believe for the people who live here now, and for future generations, this needs to be done with all due speed and at a reasonable cost. We don’t need to wait another five or six years to develop this property.”

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