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Buckhead REdeFINED – NORTH PIEDMONT

northpiedmontNorth Piedmont serves as an important Buckhead gateway providing critical access to and from the commercial core. The subarea is generally focused along Piedmont Road and adjacent streets between Peachtree and Roswell Roads. 

Significant traffic congestion limits the area’s potential, particularly where Piedmont intersects with Roswell and Habersham Roads and as the roadway transitions from Buckhead’s urban core to the suburban development styles to the north. Consistent queuing of cars along the roadway affects all area stakeholders, including residents of the adjacent neighborhoods and commuters traveling to and from the Buckhead business district. While this intersection was and initial focus of this update, it was determined that ongoing efforts to improve conditions require a more distributed approach. This project, along with other improvements identified for this subarea are listed below.

Five catalyst projects in the North Piedmont subarea, include:

  • Piedmont North Corridor Enhancements (M.7)
  • Buckhead Cultural Loop Trail – North Piedmont Subarea (M.20)
  • Multi-Use Trail North Loop (M.25)
  • Redevelopment at Roswell Road and Piedmont Intersection (V.25)
  • Redevelopment of Existing Kroger Site (V.29)

The subarea offers several redevelopment opportunities at a variety of scales. The largest of these is the Piedmont Peachtree Crossing shopping center, more commonly known as ‘Disco Kroger’. The shopping center is located across the street from one of the most iconic mixed-use buildings in the Buckhead skyline, the Terminus, and has been a subject of redevelopment strategies for several years. While the ultimate outcome of this property currently remains undetermined, it is still identified as a prime site for redevelopment within the North
Piedmont subarea.

Other recommended redevelopment opportunities seek to create a stronger sense of place through the incorporation of Public Space, temporary infill retail, and Public Art.

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With limited access to MARTA rail, the proposed Buckhead Cultural Loop Trail is a critical connection between the North Piedmont subarea to the Buckhead MARTA transit station. The trail addition will bring vital last mile connectivity to area residents, employees, and visitors.

Other mobility improvements for the subarea include:

  • A network of connected multi-use trails linking businesses along Piedmont Avenue, north of Lenox Road to local amenities and destinations such as Tower Place, PATH400, and the proposed Park Over GA400 
  • A series of new local streets connecting the Kroger redevelopment site to Piedmont Road, Tower Place, and Peachtree Road that would provide multiple points of egress and lessen pressure on the Piedmont at Peachtree intersection

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