Last updated: 09/03/20
Commercial Row Commons / Public Plaza Project
Project Concept Rendering:
The proposed Commercial Row Commons project will benefit the Midtown community in two primary ways: first, the realignment of the Peachtree Place and Peachtree Street intersection will improve safety and connectivity for all users; second, the intersection realignment will repurpose public space that can be utilized by the adjacent Commercial Row retailers and the neighborhood as a whole.
Today, the intersection is a key junction in the heart of the district, and development of Commercial Row Commons will provide more public space for this popular destination and high traffic corridor. Currently, tables and chairs that serve Commercial Row’s restaurants impede the flow of pedestrian traffic through this important MARTA-access corridor. The creation of the plaza will provide both a clear and unobstructed pathway for pedestrians, as well as a dedicated and relaxed space to enjoy.
Furthermore, this plaza provides greater opportunity to celebrate the unique historic and cultural identity of the Commercial Row buildings. By introducing a pedestrian-scaled gathering space to this historic intersection, users will have an opportunity to experience Midtown on a smaller, more intimate level and to take in the architectural detail of these historic landmarks. Midtown Alliance is also partnering with the Atlanta History Center to explore opportunities for this space to support the History Center’s ongoing programming.
Midtown Alliance, with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Mobility Planning and community stakeholders, has developed a concept design for Commercial Row Commons. Midtown Alliance has held several public meetings to display multiple concepts and solicit community feedback on design and enhancements. Proposed enhancements include:
- Improve alignment of Peachtree St and Peachtree Pl intersection
- Repurpose up to 26 feet of roadway for open space
- Landscaping enhancements including a new, planted median
- Sidewalk and curb ramp repairs
- Enhance pedestrian lighting
- Increase permeable surface coverage by more than 50%
- Milling, repaving, and restriping of Peachtree Pl from Crescent Ave to Peachtree St
$865,000 in MID funds for Design and Construction.
Design plans will continue to be developed and refined in 2019 and 2020, seeking City approvals/permit in late-2020 with bidding and construction to follow shortly thereafter.