First phase of Atlanta’s Silver Comet Connector breaks floor

After years of planning and dialogue, Atlanta’s trek towards the famed Silver Comet Path has formally begun.

Development is underway on the primary phase of what’s referred to as the Silver Comet Connector, a multi-use path hyperlink that may lengthen from Atlanta’s postindustrial Higher Westside district towards Cobb County and the 61.5-mile Silver Comet’s Georgia part.

The primary part, the Woodall Rail Path, will comply with Woodall Creek—a tributary to Peachtree Creek—by means of 10 acres of preserved forest land in part of city exploding with residential growth, officers inform Urbanize Atlanta.

At its southernmost level, the Woodall Rail Path will start at a future reference to the BeltLine’s Northwest Path, the place Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard meets Elaine Avenue.

From there, it’s going to journey north to the intersection of Chattahoochee Avenue and Chattahoochee Row at The Works, an adaptive-reuse purchasing, meals, and nightlife vacation spot in Underwood Hills. (Alongside the way in which, the path will move simply to the west of Topgolf Atlanta, or basically behind the power). 

Courtesy of PATH Basis/Higher Westside CID

The purpose with the primary part of the Silver Comet Connector, a venture led by the PATH Basis, is to protect the forest and set up a protected passage for strolling and biking in part of Atlanta identified for missing sidewalks and parks, based on venture heads.

The Woodall Rail Path will wind by means of sections of deserted rail spurs—as soon as a part of an enormous industrial community—and comply with banks of the beforehand uncared for creek. The Higher Westside Neighborhood Enchancment District has partnered with town’s Division of Watershed Administration to design a bioswale—a vegetated space with particular crops and soils—to seize and assist clear runoff water from close by streets earlier than it enters the creek. A Georgia Division of Pure Sources grant helped fund that aspect.

Companions on the path venture—PATH Basis, Groundwork Atlanta, Timber Atlanta, and Higher Westside CID—chosen IP Development to construct the Woodall Rail Path following a public bidding course of. (We’ve requested for info on how lengthy the path will likely be, and what it’s anticipated to price, and we’ll replace this story with any extra particulars.) The development agency’s schedule requires opening the path within the first quarter of 2025.  

Atlanta developer Selig Enterprises, which owns The Works, funded and put in a crosswalk and visitors sign at Southland Circle. That’s meant to maintain path customers safer as they cross Chattahoochee Avenue towards the mixed-use district, and vice versa.

Selig can also be working with PATH Basis and Higher Westside CID officers to deliver the subsequent Silver Comet Connector part by means of properties round The Works that entrance Chattahoochee Avenue alongside Woodall Creek. 

Courtesy of PATH Basis/Higher Westside CID

The Silver Comet Connector isn’t the one excellent news within the space for ATL path fans.

As finalized in 2022, BeltLine and PATH officers have determined to construct the Northwest Path in 5 phases, starting with what’s referred to as Phase 5, in an effort to attach the Westside as much as Buckhead.

That .7-mile part will start the place the Westside Path at present ends at Huff Highway and Marietta Boulevard and journey by means of Blandtown to some extent at English Avenue and Culpepper Avenue.

In keeping with BeltLine officers, requisite actual property work for that part is anticipated to complete this quarter, and a building bid is scheduled to be posted both this month or subsequent—as quickly the properties in query shut.

The BeltLine predicts building on Phase 5 will take 18 months.

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