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City of Chamblee, Georgia
City of Chamblee GA
5468 Peachtree Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341
Ph: (770) 986-5010
Fx: (770) 986-5014
Rail-Trail Extension Study

As part of the implementation of the Town Center Master Plan, the City of Chamblee was granted an LCI Supplemental Study Grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in the Summer of 2015.  The study focused on developing a conceptual design to extend the existing Chamblee Rail-Trail eastward from its current terminus behind Walmart for 0.90 miles to Chamblee Dunwoody Way (see Rail-Trail Study Area Map).  The study was be completed in the Summer of 2016 after several opportunities for the public to view work in progress and have input on the trail’s design.

The Rail-Trail project will achieve a number of community objectives, including:
    (1)    Facilitation of Transit Oriented Development around the Chamblee MARTA Station. Redevelopment is already occurring at both ends of the existing Rail-Trail and that is proof that it can serve as a stimulus to TOD. 
    (2)    Creation of a new city park public amenity at the junction of the Rail-Trail that will both provide public recreation and enhance redevelopment of the adjacent MARTA tract. 
    (3)    Improve water quality through development of modern storm water management facility to meet current NPDES standards; and  
    (4)    Provide pedestrian and bicycle connectivity by converting an abandoned rail corridor to a much needed trail extension public amenity through the heart of downtown. 

This study will build upon the success of the previous LCI Studies in making Chamblee one of the best examples of Transit Oriented Development in the region.

The City contracted with the Heath-Lineback Engineers Team which includes Perez Planning + Design to undertake the study.  As part of the planning process the project team assembled a Stakeholder Group made up of representatives of local land owners and development interests, to provide guidance in formulating the study’s recommendations.  The group met several times throughout the process.  A record of those meetings is provided below.
    Rail-Trail Study Project Schedule

    Stakeholder Meeting #1 Minutes Stakeholder Meeting #1 PowerPoint
    Stakeholder Meeting #2 Minutes  | Stakeholder Meeting #2 PowerPoint

Two public meetings were held during the course of the study to present draft concepts for the trail to the public, and to take public input.  Below is a summary of the February 18, 2016 workshop, and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation made at the May 31, 2016 open house.
    February 18 Workshop Summary
    May 31 Open House Presentation 

At the August Mayor and City Council Work Session, the Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. team presented on the draft report.
    Presentation at August Work Session    
    DRAFT- Rail-Trail Extension Conceptual Design Study


The final report of the Rail-Trail Extension Conceptual Design Study can be downloaded below:
    Rail-Trail Extension Conceptual Design Study



If you have any questions concerning the Rail-Trail Extension project please contact Rebecca Keefer, City of Chamblee Deputy Development Director at 470-395-2335.