|Big Bethel AME, located on historic Auburn Avenue, retained Bleakly Advisory Group and TSW to develop concepts for nearby parcels that are owned by the church. With the creation of a church campus, along with the addition of a mix of residential and commercial, Big Bethel AME hopes to encourage continued revitalization of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and complement the streetcar that runs along Auburn Avenue.
TSW developed three different concept plans for the campus area showing a mix of residential and commercial uses based on market studies. One of the critical features of all of the plans includes a large, shared parking deck, since the congregation’s current surface parking lot on John Wesley Dobbs will be developed. Additionally, Big Bethel AME is hoping to build a new Life Center that has been incorporated into all of the different concept plans.
The next step for the planning process includes the selection of a developer to move the implementation forward (a RFP was issued in Fall 2014).