Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Plan begins to turn Midtown's boring MARTA stations into inviting transit stops

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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  • Midtown Alliance
Several Midtown MARTA stations could soon receive a much-needed overhaul.

Midtown Alliance yesterday released some conceptual renderings for the Arts Center, Midtown, and North Avenue MARTA stations that are currently being eyed for an redesign.

Earlier this year, the civic organization secured an $80,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to study possible efforts "to enhance the functional, operational and aesthetic aspects on the exterior of each station" since the stations are in a "lackluster" condition. The Alliance chose the local architecture firm Smith Dalia to conduct the study.

The proposed features include new amenities such as a bike wall and an outdoor café. In addition, the new enhancements are more colorful and contain more green space, including some delightful mossy plants growing along the stairs. That's a major improvement to the current conditions at the stations, which range in design between ho-hum and outright forgettable.

Planning for the station is already underway could be completed by mid-November. Once finished, the final proposal will be open for public comment and approval.

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