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ATLANTA-In a move aimed at fostering redevelopment efforts in the neighborhood, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District voted to expand the district to include 20 blocks in the city’s south central business district.

The area to be added to the district is bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Peachtree Street and the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks that border the west side of Downtown. The area has been renamed the Railroad District to reflect its history as well as its potential for future redevelopment. A majority of property owners within the area petitioned the district to make the change. A resolution for expansion approval will be presented to the Atlanta City Council in May.

“We first expanded the district in 2000 at the request of a majority of property owners to the north of our original district boundaries,” says Paul Kelman, executive vice president of Central Atlanta Progress, the organization that administers the district. “We have expected for some time that property owners to our south would also want to join the district.”

In addition to expanding the district, other plans to help redevelopment efforts in the neighborhood include streetscape enhancements, transportation improvements, potential renovation of the Nelson Street Bridge and establishing more effective neighborhood connectivity, open spaces and green space.

Among redevelopment plans under way in the area include the Morsberger Group’s plans to convert the former C&S Bank building into 231 condominiums, 24,000 sf of street-level retail space and 6,000 sf of office space. Miller Gallman Developers is currently working on mixed-use projects immediately west of the Railroad District, such as Castleberry Point and Wood Partners is planning a potential redevelopment of the Norfolk-Southern building into 500 residential units with street-level retail space.

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