TREE MANAGEMENT (Annual Program):
Because we place tremendous value on Midtown's urban tree canopy, Midtown Alliance invests in an annual care regimen of planting, fertilization, pruning, and other treatments to manage over 2,500 street trees within the Midtown Improvement District right-of-way. We regularly consult with arborists to assess, prioritize, and manage our tree inventory.
Planting: Typically once or twice per year Midtown Alliance identifies diseased, dying, or missing street trees and replaces them with new, healthy, urban-tolerant trees. In March 2018, 7 new trees were sourced from nurseries and installed, along with groundcover plants and mulch.
Fertilization: In January, we administered annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 1,337 trees totaling 11,715 caliper inches.
Pruning: We annually identify and prioritize corridors of street trees within the MID in need of pruning. Pruning enhances public safety and helps ensure healthy structure, growth, and long-term viability of the trees within our urban environment. Dormant season pruning was completed in Feb-March 2018 on 57 selected trees, including: Ponce Triangle Park; oaks on North Ave between the Connector and Spring St; elms on Ponce de Leon Ave between Peachtree and Juniper; baldcypress and maples on 12th Street between Crescent and Peachtree Walk; and elms on 17th St between the Connector and W.Peachtree. What else can we say, we love urban trees!
Sidewalk Improvements (Annual Program) - Since November 2014, Midtown Alliance has performed about $850,000 worth of sidewalk repairs in approximately 240 locations within the Midtown Improvement District. Work includes patching or replacing concrete, resetting pavers, new curb and ADA ramp upgrades, and other sidewalk repairs to help maintain and improve pedestrian mobility in Midtown.
Concurrently, Midtown Alliance and Central Atlanta Progress (CAP)/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), directed a $6 million enhancement of the two Peachtree Street bridges which cross over the Interstate-75/85 Connector near the Brookwood split and Ralph McGill Boulevard respectively. This effort celebrated the bridges on either end of Midtown as gateways to Atlanta's urban core. Construction on the North Bridge began in Fall 2015 and was completed by the end of 2017.
TREE MANAGEMENT (Annual Program):
Planting: In January 2017, 28 new trees were sourced from nurseries and installed, along with groundcover plants and mulch. 16 more replacement street trees were installed in December 2017.
Fertilization: In February, we administered annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 822 trees totaling 6,500 caliper inches.
Pruning: Dormant season pruning was completed in March 2017 on Oak and Elm trees in the W.Peachtree and Spring St. corridors. In December 2017 pruning resumed for the balance of 124 prioritized Oak trees along Peachtree and 15th Streets and additional Elm trees on Cypress St. to improve their structure and form and raise branch levels over streets and sidewalks.
Crescent Avenue Streetscape Upgrades - This small repair project replaced cracked and damaged sidewalks; integrated new ADA ramps, street trees and groundcover at the northwest corner of 12th St.; improved parking/loading zones; and replaced ADA ramps, pavement, crosswalks, and other striping at Crescent's intersection with 14th St. Construction was completed from October through December 2016. See full plans here.
Peachtree Streetscape: Ponce de Leon to Pine St. - From November 2015 through August 2016, construction of improvements to Midtown’s southernmost section of Peachtree St. (from Ponce de Leon Avenue to Pine Street) was completed to enhance the link between Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. This $2 million project included new wider sidewalks; pavers; curbs; ADA ramps; street light upgrades; street furniture; street trees and other landscape plantings; full roadway milling, re-paving, and re-striping; and a mid-block signalized pedestrian crossing near Emory University Hospital Midtown.
7th Street Two-way Conversion - The Connect Atlanta Plan calls for 7th Street to be converted to two-way traffic between West Peachtree Street and Piedmont Avenue for which Atlanta City Council passed legislation in 2013. Acting as the City's implementation manager, Midtown Alliance oversaw design, obtained permits, and implemented the various components of the project -- ADA ramps; miscellaneous signage; roadway milling, re-paving and new striping; and installation of new eastbound traffic signals at Peachtree St., Juniper St., and Piedmont Ave. Traffic flow was converted from one-way to two-way on July 28, and City inspections and project closeout was completed in August 2016.
10th Street Temporary Park Expansion - Completed in Spring 2016, the temporary park at the corner of 10th Street and Peachtree Street was expanded to include new landscaping and seating. Originally constructed in 2013, the park also features a badminton net and is anchored by 10-ton kinetic art installation Rockspinner. The expansion has doubled the park in size, making more room to play street-side.
TREE MANAGEMENT (Annual Program):
Planting: In March 2016, we replaced 6 trees and transplanted 7 small trees from existing tree wells and a parcel slated for redevelopment to new locations better-suited for their long-term survival.
Fertilization: In February, we administered annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 1,337 street trees totaling 11,047 caliper inches, nearly DOUBLE the inches treated in 2015.
Pruning: In December 2015 to January 2016, crews pruned Oak trees along Peachtree St. between 14th St. and I-75/85 and American Elms throughout the District, to improve their structure and form and raise branch levels over streets and sidewalks.
10th Streetscape - Completed in November 2015, this multi-year $2 million project installed new sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian lighting, landscaped medians, curbs, street paving, bike facilities, and ADA upgrades between Williams Street and Piedmont Avenue. Other improvements included a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing at the Midtown MARTA Station and burial of overhead utilities.
Stormwater Planters at Juniper & 5th - Construction of the "pilot bioswale" precursor project for Juniper Streetscape was completed in August to September 2015. Two trial stormwater planters and associated sidewalk improvements were built on the southwest corner of Juniper and 5th Streets. These custom-engineered detention basins house landscape plants that tolerate both wet and dry conditions and act as natural filtration systems. Stormwater from the adjacent roadways and sidewalks is being channeled into each planter, detained, and monitored for percolation rate and water quality improvement to help inform future design and maintenance needs for the Juniper Streetscape project.
10th Street Cycle Track (Phases 1 and 2) - Successful completion of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail increased the already-high demand for bicycle facilities in Midtown. As a result, Midtown Alliance served as Implementation Manager for a two-phase City of Atlanta-funded project to build a two-way cycle track from the Atlanta BeltLine connection at Monroe Drive to Myrtle Street. Phase 1 was completed in 2013 along the northernmost lane of 10th St. between Monroe Dr. and Charles Allen Dr. and included multiple access points from 10th St. into Piedmont Park. Phase 2 was completed in September 2015, and included extension of the buffered two-way bike facility from Charles Allen Dr. to Myrtle St.; shared lane markings to and across Piedmont Ave. to the existing 10th St. shared lanes; and a new bicyclist/pedestrian-activated crosswalk flashing beacon at Myrtle St. with new bulbouts, bike parking, and a bike maintenance station. The facility connects cyclists between Midtown's core and the BeltLine, and anticipates future cycle routes on Juniper Street and Piedmont Ave.
Street Furniture Installation - In March 2015, additional street furniture was deployed throughout the District, including new benches, 11 recycling bins, 12 litter receptacles, and 25 new "Midtown" branded bike racks.
Holiday Lighting - To celebrate the holiday season from November 2014 through January 2015, Midtown Alliance installed beautifully colored lights in 5 Midtown locations: Ponce Triangle Plaza, Margaret Mitchell House reading room, 10th St. Pocket Park, 15th St./Arts District Plaza, and Pershing Point Park. White lights were installed in the same locations in November 2015 and will remain up throughout 2016.
TREE MANAGEMENT (Annual Program):
Planting: In early spring 2014, we planted 48 new trees throughout the MID rights-of-way and planted another 24 trees in late Fall.
Fertilization: In January 2015, we completed annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 847 street trees totaling 6,375 caliper inches.
Pruning: In February 2014, crews pruned 245 trees on West Peachtree St. between North Ave. and 15th St. as well as adjacent sections of Abercrombie Pl., Biltmore Pl., 5th, and 6th Streets. In February and March 2015, crews pruned street trees on 14th St. from Barnes St. to Piedmont Ave., the Red Maples in the Reading Room at Margaret Mitchell House, and between Peachtree and West Peachtree Streets from 3rd St. to 5th St.
Peachtree Streetscape: Ponce to 3rd - This project began in May 2013 to extend the Peachtree Streetscape "materials pallette" to the southern end of Midtown. The "Fox Theatre block" between 3rd Street and Ponce de Leon Ave. was completed in 2014, including burial of overhead utility lines. Construction will begin in late 2015 on the next phase of improvements from Ponce to Pine Street, including new bike facilities, sidewalks, pavers, curbing, trees, pocket parks, and pedestrian lights and street furniture as needed, as well as a signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing near Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Peachtree Overhead Utility Burial - In an ongoing effort to reduce visual clutter and improve quality of life, Midtown Alliance spearheaded an effort to bury all overhead utility lines crossing Peachtree Street. Our team completed work at 5th and 14th Streets in 2013, and removed remaining overhead lines at 8th and 16th Streets in Fall 2014. Now Peachtree is free of overhead utilities so Midtown's parade balloons can fly freely!
Shadowbox Reconstruction - In late August, the "shadowbox" in Ponce Triangle Plaza at Peachtree and Ponce underwent improvements. The shadowbox offers a subterranean view of the historic trolley tracks that were discovered during construction of the plaza in 2013, part of the South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvements project completed earlier this year.
Peachtree Streetscape: Northern End - This project invested $2.5 million to extend full Peachtree "streetscaping" to the northern end of Midtown between Peachtree Circle and the I-85 Bridge. Improvements included new sidewalks, ADA ramps, curbs, street lights and trees, as well as relocation of overhead utilities to underground on the southern half of the project.
South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvements - This $4 million effort provided a wide range of improvements along North Avenue and Ponce de Leon Avenue including circulation improvements, select utility burials, streetscape upgrades, installation of key "gateway" features and creation of new public spaces such as Ponce Triangle near the Fox Theater. Colored thermoplastic crosswalks were installed at Peachtree intersections with Ponce and North.
Pershing Point Park Renovation - The 18-month-long makeover of the greenspace at the junction of Peachtree and West Peachtree Streets was completed in July 2014. In partnership with the City of Atlanta's and ELV Associates' efforts and Jones Day's restoration of the historic World War I monument, Midtown Alliance installed new park lighting, repaired walkways and irrigation, pruned trees, and enhanced existing landscaping with new plantings.
Rockspinner and Pocket Park (at 10th/Peachtree) - Through a collaboration with Dewberry Capital, we created a temporary “pocket park” at the corner of 10th and Peachtree Streets in 2013. The park includes a multi-use lawn, seasonal badminton net, seating areas, pedestrian paths, and water-wise plantings designed in partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In November 2013, Rockspinner, a large piece of kinetic art (a 22,000 pound boulder) was installed in the park.
Bicycle Racks - The first installation of 30 new Midtown's "branded" bike racks was completed in September, 2013.
10th Street Cycle Track (Phase I) - Successful completion of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail increased the already-high demand for bicycle facilities in Midtown. As a result, we partnered with the City of Atlanta and the PATH Foundation to implement Phase 1 of a dedicated two-way "cycle track" on 10th Street along Piedmont Park, between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive. The facility connects cyclists between Midtown's core and the BeltLine, and anticipates future cycle routes on Juniper Street and Piedmont Ave.