From Jalal Slade/Strategic Planning Officer / Mayors Office - **** Direct all other questions to firstname.lastname@example.org ****
Good evening. Here are our updated statements related to the abandonment of MLK and responses to questions from our Castleberry Hills Neighborhood Association meeting. I will bring a hard copy for you to your NPU meeting tonight.
MLK ABANDONMENT AND DETOUR
- · Abandonment plan for MLK/Haynes – construction will start in next couple months; finalizing schedule
- · Utility work to begin in early January in the Brown lot and one lane of Mitchell
- · MLK demo and detour to begin in February
- · Mitchell and Mangum remain open for use during construction
- · Further schedule details are currently being developed by the project team, and will be communicated to the neighborhood once available.
- · Goal – people coming/going from West Atlanta have access
- · Primary goal in the detour plan. Please refer to the detour map for traffic routing.
- · Leaving Mitchell Street open for residents. Only Mitchell closures planned will be temporary for utility work and limited to one lane impacted at all times possible.
- · Published traffic patterns will be Northside and Nelson Street, 2-way traffic. Also will provide reasonable access to businesses. Will stay 2-way after construction.
- · Chapel will remain 1-way
RELATED AND OTHER QUESTIONS
6. Question: Spring Street detour? Response: Spring Street between Mitchell and Marietta will be closed. Forsyth St, Russell Way behind Russell Federal Building and COP will be detours – routing traffic away from the neighborhood. 2-way traffic on COP may or may not remain.
7. Question: when is the actual vote on all this? Response: City Utilities Committee Nov 26 and Full Council Dec 2. Have responded verbally to several issues. Noise ordinances 7am-7pm; 9am-7pm weekends will be adhered to. Aware we’re really close to the construction site. Project team is here tonight to answer questions. Other questions will be responded to in writing.
8. Question: COP signage – Response: will relocate CH signage if necessary. Recognize it’s important so will either leave it in place or move it as appropriate. It will be out of project pocket, not CH pocket.
9. Question: Castleberry Point has 150 residents and retail on bottom. Parking garage entrance on Nelson – 2way would be good to have there. General discussion. Response: DPW has issued a work order to study.
10. Question on 2-way COP/Walker. Response: Will not get rid of parking. One lane each way.
11. Additional introductions: Bill Darden (Darden & Company), Ed Campbell (Parsons Brinckerhoff), Matt Dale (Darden & Company); Frank Poe (GWCCA), Kevin Duvall (GWCCA)
12. Questions: pylons vs. drilled? Response: Will likely be drilled.
13. Recommendation: need a liaison with Traffic and Transportation during this process. Need a person we can call when issues arise. This request was made at Exec Committee meeting, that we have one person to funnel questions through. Response: Transportation project manager ShelleyPeart (City of Atlanta) that will ensure they are in tune with neighborhood.
14. Question: parking study timing. Will there be a parking study at 1pm on a game day?Response: They are going to study traffic on Thursday game and subsequent home game.
15. Question: heard from another neighborhood that during construction, workers would park in neighborhood spaces leaving nothing for residents and business parking. Response: Very well aware and all plans going forward will include first hand understanding of what our issues are.
16. Working with GWCC and closely with city. Doing this 35 years all over country and this partnership is the best he’s ever seen probably. Not the dramatics that you see in the paper. Mayor’s office, city council, GWCC and Falcons (who he works for) are incredibly committed that there be as little disruption to CH as possible. Working on logistics plan right now.
17. Question: We have 3 MARTA stations in the area – wonders if there’s a way to work with MARTA for a deal for your construction workers. Maybe City can help? Response: It’s not so much the deals that should be done – what really gets people to do what you need them to do is communication. This is going to be a $1.2B stadium project. Dallas stadium is out in the middle of a field. They didn’t build on an urban site; we are building on an urban site. Arthur really intended for this project to be in downtown. Short-term news is that this will be trying for everybody. The great news is that we’re trying to do it in a methodical way. There should be a person at the city, make sure that Blank has your back. 1.2billion constructed over 32-36 months. There will be hiccups and disruption, but it’s how they handle it that will show how we do care about the neighborhood. Should have the ability to dial 2-3 numbers and get a response. They will attend to us promptly. MARTA told them those 2 stations (VC and CNN) are already close to max. So they are working with the city to help figure out a way to eliminate bottlenecks upon exit.
18. Question: Lives at intersection of Haynes & Walker. Lots of accidents there already. Concern about traffic – need 4way stop at this intersection to slow it down at this intersection. That could happen before construction – that could happen now. Response: DPW has issued a work order to study.
19. Question: what are some of your most recent projects that are more comparable to an urban site like this one? Response: 55-story highrise in downtown Chicago 2 blocks from lake. Found a piece (spoll) of concrete on sidewalk that had fallen from 53 floor. Had 2200 of those they had to remove and in the course of doing that, found developer hadn’t followed fire code properly. Had to remove spolls with jackhammer – good news will do it within a year; bad news we had to do it. Maintained 80-85% occupancy during it. Had to redo all the drywall. A lot of planning in short amount of time. Jalal has city at his disposal and will continue to answer questions and concerns. We’ll have an ongoing partnership with us as we go through this. They’ll be at NPU and association meetings. Part of why he brought Bill, Frank and Kevin here so we will have a sense of trust that they’re going to take us seriously. These are the decision makers.
20. Concern about blind curve at Elliott and Mitchell.
21. Question: This goes to vote next Monday. Is there anything that could be attached to the legislation that could acknowledge the concerns of the residents and business owners. It would go a long way towards our good faith. Response: Intent is to take questions and concerns from tonight and put forth a schedule – sharing it month by month.
22. Question: Is there any way that we can get commitment that schematic design goes through us at some point? It’s the design issues that are of utmost concern to the neighborhood. If it’s too late in the process, we can’t impact anything and people will just get mad. Response: We will share MLK schematic design once it is submitted to the City for review.
23. Question: Can we consider making Bradberry one way? Lot of game traffic both ways, get stuck. Response: can consider this and other issues like this: how do we improve CH from a pedestrian and traffic standpoint. We have some months here to work on these issues before construction starts..
24. Question: how are you going to demo the dome? Response: still TBD. Not until 2017 but already looking at it, and will get back to us.
25. Question: I-20 traffic to get onto Peters from Spring (heading north towards downtown). Need left turn signal. Response: DPW has issued a work order to study.
26. Question: construction noise – has there been a provision for this noise? Want sound proof windows (?) Response: There is no provision for noise proofing.
27. Question: is anyone protecting historic buildings during this process? State historic preservation office. Response: Dr. Dave Crass with the Georgia Dept of Natural Resources is willing to be the point of contact for any historic preservation inquiries for the NSP project.
28. Suggestion: development team should have a liaison that the neighborhoods can call. [repeat of prior point]. Funnel questions through Robin for now. They will be back every month to resolve as many issues as we can up front.
29. Question: NPU-M chair – how much time do you need Monday? Response: takes about 30 minutes to present. We’ll do a better job at outlining responses to questions posed.
30. Suggestion: set up email address for questions/concerns: email@example.com
31. Question: Can GWCCA offer advertising in the Dome during events that states “CH still open for business” etc? Response: The GWCCA and Falcons will agree to advertise Castleberry Hills is open for business within the stadium during the 2014-2016 Falcons games.
32. Question: What is the Stadium orientation? Response: GWCCA has provided renderings of the proposed stadium on their website; it’s designed to be symmetrical in design.
33. Question: Will we lose parking on any 2 way street conversions? Response: No the intent is to maintain on-street parking on both sides of Nelson, during and after construction.
34. Question: Where can we pick up additional inventory of parking? Response: The city will work with Park Atlanta to see if we can pick up additional parking from the surrounding neighborhood.
35. Question: Will we look like a construction zone? Response: No, the stadium site will be fenced and all stadium work will be contained therein.
36. Question: What do they envision for this? Response: The consultants envision minimal construction disruption to Castleberry Hills. The construction staging plans are under development and will be shared with the City and residents when completed.
37. Question: Are there assurances that staging is not allowed in the right of way? Response: The City code does not allow construction staging in the right of way unless specifically permitted through the Department of Public Works.
38. Question: Will construction conform to the 7a to 7p restrictions? Response: Construction will conform to the City’s regulations unless approved by the Commissioner of Public Works.
39. Question: What about code enforcement for building codes outside the stadium construction? Response: All code enforcement issues for building outside of the Stadium construction will continue to be addressed by the Office of Code Compliance in APD.
40. Question: How will traffic re-route on top of the construction re-route on game days insuring that our businesses and homes can be reached? Response: The proposed construction detour route will be maintained for event day re-routing of traffic.
41. Question: Can there/should there be a moratorium on layered on events, i.e. Movies / Runs / Special Events on top of an already constricted roads? Response: The City will monitor permitting of special events; filming etc. to ensure businesses and residents within the New Stadium Project area will not be negatively impacted during construction
42. Question: Can we get special signage for businesses that show they are open for business?Response: The City will partner with the GWCCA to produce and display “open for business signs”
43. Question: Can we get commitments from the city and/or the construction firms to do business with our restaurants and businesses? Response: We will encourage participation from contractors, employees, to do business within the affected areas
44. Question: Is it possible to get signage inside the stadium saying CH is open for business and directing fans to our neighborhood to shop and eat? Response: Yes, the GWCCA will display signage within the dome that businesses within the construction area are open during the 2014 through 2016 Falcons games.
45. Question: Schedule meetings with 4 entities in January Response: Yes, GWCCA, GDOT, City and Castleberry Hills will meet in January 2014 to further discussions on the project.
46. Question: Show detours on map by year Response: We will not have a phased detour route for this project.