Decatur Next

Our Commitment

A Decades-Long Work in Progress

Marta Opens Decatur Station

Completed 1979

Marta Opens Decatur Station
As proposals emerge for massive redevelopment, citizen concerns generate creation of the Downtown Redevelopment Task Force.
Redevelopment Task Force

1980-1982

Redevelopment Task Force
Public input sessions propel new visioning effort and result in creation of the Town Center Plan.
Town Center Plan

Adopted 1982

Town Center Plan
With formal adoption, the Town Center Plan charts a new course for downtown, becoming the basis for Decatur's renaissance.
One Town Center Comes Online

Completed 1985

One Town Center Comes Online
The Town Center Plan's first tangible outcome emerges with construction of a new downtown office building.
Restaurant Renaissance

Beginning 1987

Restaurant Renaissance
Entrepreneurial investment in downtown establishes the local business community as key implementation partners.
Downtown Hotel and Convention Center

Completed 1988

Downtown Hotel and Convention Center
Unique public-private partnership makes good on key Town Center Plan directive.
Ponce Plaza Offices Open

Completed 1991

Ponce Plaza Offices Open
Deft negotiating by the DDA finds a common ground solution with developer.
Streetscape Enhancements

Funded 1993

Streetscape Enhancements
New sources of funding launches years of downtown streetscape improvements.
Bus Relocation and Bandstand

Completed 1996

Bus Relocation and Bandstand
Livability takes a big step forward with key enhancements to the downtown Marta station and surrounding area.
CVS Development Challenges Assumptions

Completed 1998

CVS Development Challenges Assumptions
Development proposal reveals weaknesses in the city's downtown vision and spurs revisions for more predictable results.
Ice House Lofts Open

Completed 1999

Ice House Lofts Open
Creative design overcomes an ideological impasse with the U.S. Department of the Interior and brings the city's first new apartments in ten years online.
2000’s Ten Year Strategic Plan

1999-2000

2000’s Ten Year Strategic Plan
Residents and businesses unite to address conflict and chart a new course forward.
Towne Square Condos Open

Completed 2000

Towne Square Condos Open
Downtown's first residential development sets the standard for a whole new neighborhood.
Title Acquired to Depot

Acquired 2001

Title Acquired to Depot
Creative partnering saves a community landmark, then slowly brings it back to life.
Avondale Station Area Plan

Completed 2002

Avondale Station Area Plan
Transit-oriented neighborhood master plan builds upon the success of the city’s on-going revitalization efforts
SunTrust Building Replaces Parking Lot

Completed 2004

SunTrust Building Replaces Parking Lot
A willingness to compromise on both sides fosters redevelopment of key downtown parcel.
Renaissance Condos Open

Completed 2005

Renaissance Condos Open
Innovative structural design transforms existing parking deck into new, mixed-use building.
Comprehensive Plan

Updated 2005

Comprehensive Plan
State mandated policy document provides for a midterm check-up of our larger strategic goals and accomplishments.
335 W. Ponce Condos Open

Completed 2005

335 W. Ponce Condos Open
West Ponce's Deco/Modern past is augmented with a new, mixed-use, postmodern project.
Artisan Condos Open

Completed 2006

Artisan Condos Open
Signature project furthers downtown housing through redevelopment of surface parking lot at key intersection.
2007 Transportation Plan

Completed 2007

2007 Transportation Plan
Ambitious 2007 plan gets Decatur on the move, with equal focus on mobility, access, choice, and health.
Cultural Arts Master Plan

Completed 2010

Cultural Arts Master Plan
Arts-minded residents work with city to examine and leverage assets citywide.
2010’s Ten Year Strategic Plan

2010-2011

2010’s Ten Year Strategic Plan
City residents and businesses repeat and build upon the success of 2000's Strategic Plan, completing a new blueprint for the coming decade.
Zoning Task Force

Convened 2011

Zoning Task Force
Resident-led committee addresses areas where city ordinances fail to support the Strategic Plan.
Environmental Sustainability Plan

Adopted 2012

Environmental Sustainability Plan
Decatur gets green with a hard look at sustainability goals.
Unified Development Ordinance

2013-2015

Unified Development Ordinance
Extensive community process picks up where Zoning Task Force left off.
Place on Ponce Opens

Completed 2015

Place on Ponce Opens
Long pursued project leads the pack in new, downtown rental housing.
Better Together

Accepted 2015

Better Together
Expansive community conversation generates ideas for making Decatur a more fair, welcoming, and inclusive city.
Alexan 1133 Opens

Completed 2016

Alexan 1133 Opens
Residential building fills key hole in Commerce Drive streetscape.
The ARLO Opens

Completed 2016

The ARLO Opens
For-rent trend continues, adding to the diversity of the city’s residential offerings.
Comprehensive Plan

Updated 2016

Comprehensive Plan
State mandated policy document provides for a midterm check-up of our larger strategic goals and accomplishments.
PATH Connectivity Plan

Adopted 2016

PATH Connectivity Plan
Collaborative plan sets out to improve walking and biking as viable modes of transportation citywide.

Decatur Diary | December 7, 2017

Speak Your Mind: Last call for online Transportation Plan input

Kicking off an update to Decatur's 2007 Community Transportation Plan, nearly 100 residents gathered at the Rec in late October to consider future mobility and connectivity throughout the city.

In addition to a variety of hands-on activities, officials unveiled two online opportunities for residents, particularly those who couldn't make the meeting, to further plug in and contribute — a community survey, and a wikimap where respondents can identify problem areas throughout the city...

Decatur Diary | November 20, 2017

East Lake MARTA Walking Audit and Design Workshop Re-Cap

Fueled by pastries and coffee provided by Revolution Doughnuts, over 50 neighboring residents participated in a broad walking audit of the streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes around the East Lake MARTA Station on Saturday November 18th...

Decatur Diary | November 16, 2017

East Lake MARTA Survey Closes Soon: Chime in now

For the past few months, we -- the cities of Decatur and Atlanta, DeKalb County, MARTA and surrounding communities -- have been working together to craft a vision for the future redevelopment of the East Lake MARTA station. From a very well attended kick-off to opportunities for commuters on the go to chime in to this weekend's walking tour audit of the surrounding area, residents and others have come to the table to create positive change for their neighborhoods...

Decatur Diary | November 3, 2017

Walk the Talk: East Lake Station Area Tour and Design Workshop November 18

In late September we kicked off the Make East Lake MARTA Yours process, then followed it up with a day of commuter interviews. Now it's time to explore the on-the-ground details that define our project area, then work those findings into meaningful design scenarios...

Decatur Diary | October 30, 2017

90+ Residents Gather to Discuss Decatur’s Transportation Future

The Decatur Community Transportation Plan Update process is now officially on the move.

Everything kicked off with a community visioning workshop Thursday evening, October 26, as nearly a hundred interested locals gathered at the Decatur Recreation Center...

Decatur Diary | October 3, 2017

East Lake MARTA: Share snacks, share thoughts, October 9

Got thoughts on the future of the East Lake MARTA station and its surrounding area? We're working on that as part of the Make East Lake MARTA Yours initiative and we want to hear them...

Decatur Diary | September 29, 2017

Going Mobile: We’re updating our Community Transportation Plan and we need your help

Many in Decatur are familiar with 2007’s Community Transportation Plan (CTP) -- our ambitious long-term roadmap for promoting health, choice, community, and connectivity through the design and implementation of our transportation policy and infrastructure.

It’s the go-to resource for how we connect and get around...

Decatur Diary | September 28, 2017

100+ Residents Show Up to Make East Lake MARTA Theirs, Ours, and Yours

City of Atlanta Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett kicked off two days of collaborative East Lake MARTA planning discussions Monday night by echoing sentiments shared by the the ambitious project’s multiple partners — the cities of Decatur and Atlanta, Dekalb County, and MARTA...

Decatur Diary | September 18, 2017

Making East Lake MARTA Yours: Visioning process kicks off this month

What happens when the stakeholders of three different municipalities, one transit system, and a variety of business and environmental interests come together to develop a vision for the place they share? We’re about to find out...

Decatur Diary | August 16, 2016

Comp Plan Draft Now Available for Public Review and Comment

Following its public presentation to both the Planning Commission and City Commission, a draft of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan (dubbed “Decatur 360”) is now available for resident review and comment...

 
 
 
 


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