Based on a recommendation in the Decatur Comprehensive Plan, the City of Decatur looked to develop an LCI Study for the East Lake MARTA Station and the surrounding area that accomplishes community goals and MARTA’s vision for TOD at their stations. TSW was retained to lead the effort and has included coordination with the City of Decatur, City of Atlanta, MARTA, and the 6 neighborhoods that the study area effects. The 11-acre MARTA station site is currently utilized for surface parking (only 39% used historically) and is one of the few large parcels left in the area for redevelopment.
TSW collaborated with the community, Cities of Decatur and Atlanta, and MARTA to establish a vision for the future of the station and surrounding 1/2 mile radius. Besides increasing ridership and revenue for MARTA, other goals include: make the station a community destination; design better connections to and between the East Lake MARTA station and between residential neighborhoods by improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists; create a vision for under-used properties on commercial corridors with neighborhood-oriented uses; and establish the scale of future development that enhances and protects the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Other key considerations that surfaced through the engagement process include ensuring affordable housing, creating open space, and preserving the social diversity of the neighborhoods. Recommendations included developing the MARTA station with mixed-use development, a stormwater park (below) to replace the detention pond owned by MARTA north of the station, extending Winter Avenue through the site to College Avenue, moving the buses to College Avenue, and many streetscape updates for surrounding streets.