The area to be added to the district is bounded by Martin LutherKing Jr. Drive, Peachtree Street and the Norfolk-Southern Railroadtracks that border the west side of Downtown. The area has beenrenamed the Railroad District to reflect its history as well as itspotential for future redevelopment. A majority of property ownerswithin the area petitioned the district to make the change. Aresolution for expansion approval will be presented to the AtlantaCity Council in May.


"We first expanded the district in 2000 at the request of amajority of property owners to the north of our original districtboundaries," says Paul Kelman, executive vice president of CentralAtlanta Progress, the organization that administers the district."We have expected for some time that property owners to our southwould also want to join the district."


In addition to expanding the district, other plans to helpredevelopment efforts in the neighborhood include streetscapeenhancements, transportation improvements, potential renovation ofthe Nelson Street Bridge and establishing more effectiveneighborhood connectivity, open spaces and green space.


Among redevelopment plans under way in the area include theMorsberger Group's plans to convert the former C&S Bankbuilding into 231 condominiums, 24,000 sf of street-level retailspace and 6,000 sf of office space. Miller Gallman Developers iscurrently working on mixed-use projects immediately west of theRailroad District, such as Castleberry Point and Wood Partners isplanning a potential redevelopment of the Norfolk-Southern buildinginto 500 residential units with street-level retail space.

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