Edgewood-Candler Park station could lure developers

ATLANTA, Ga-- Another Atlanta MARTA train station is being showcased as a potential transit-oriented development.

This time it's land around the Edgewood-Candler Park station on DeKalb Avenue that could be the magnet for a new mixed-use project, most likely involving a mix of residential and retail. Invest Atlanta — the city's economic development arm —issued a request for proposals to developers interested in the roughly 5-acre site. It set an April 28th deadline for responses.

The Edgewood-Candler station sits just east of downtown Atlanta, part of a broader area that includes Candler Park, Freedom Park Trail and companies such as Big Nerd Ranch. The RFP comes just a couple of months after Walton Communities won the job to develop a mixed-use project at the King Memorial Station just two stops west of Edgewood Candler. Walton Communities plans 386 apartments and 13,000-square feet of retail on about four acres next to King Memorial on Decatur Street, nearGeorgia State University, Oakland Cemetery and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site.

In 2012, MARTA identified at least 10 train stations as potential magnets for new mixed-use developments. MARTA hoped it could generate millions in additional revenue and ignite revitalization efforts around the stations.

The idea underscores the growing momentum for transit-oriented development nationally, even in cities known for their dependence on the automobile, including Atlanta and Los Angeles. Early examples include Atlanta's Lindbergh City Center, where AT&T occupies office towers amid apartments and stores built around a MARTA station.

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