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  • 3 ALTC Stewarded Condominiums have been sold at the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing 3 NSP acquired homes in the Pittsburgh Community are under renovation and targeted for CLT lease/purchase as part of the Pittsburgh Community Land Trust program of the local neighborhood CDC12 new modular homes are planned in the Reynoldstown neighborhood by the local CDC and targeted for CLT pre-sales activity in Fall 2012 with technical assistance provided by ALTCASK TONY FOR UDPATES
  • Ask Nate about this… he may have different wording. Otherwise it is accurate. Check phone numberThe NEPA approach being taken for the BeltLine involves a 2 tiered approach. We are currently in Tier 1, which is a broader look at the corridor, verses a Tier 2, which is more site-specific.We would like to start off with a quick review of the project outcomes:Broad Overall Corridor Issues Develop evaluation measuresRefine purpose and needRefine goals and objectivesIdentify system-level impacts Conduct conceptual engineering screen Conduct environmental reviewTransit and Trail AlignmentRefine alignment and stationsIdentify facility locations Determine right-of-way preservation needs Conceptual DesignDesign transit and trails conceptsMode TypeDetermine rail technologyIdentify service characteristicsIdentify vehicle typesAnalyze travel time impacts
  • 101 q&a 2013.04.26

    1. 1. 5/14/2013 Confidential // Atlanta BeltLine // © 2012 Page 1// Atlanta BeltLineQ&AUpdated April 2013
    2. 2. Page 2Additional Questions?ArboretumAffordable Housing & DisplacementCapital CampaignCitizen ParticipationCommunity Land Trusts (CLT)Community Benefits AgreementsEnvironmental Impact Study (EIS)Historic PreservationJobs ProgramParksPartnersReal Estate IncentivesSchoolsSecurityTrailsTaxesTax Allocation District (TAD)TransitQ&AWhy Where What How You Q&A
    3. 3. Page 3Q&A – Atlanta BeltLine ArboretumDeveloped in partnership with Trees Atlanta, theAtlanta BeltLine Arboretum:• consists of a collection oftrees planted along the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor,including– 11 acres on the Eastside Trail;• integrates educational programming withneighborhoods, schools, and general public;• will be the largest linear arboretum in the world!• Is comprised of five segments:– Creek Restoration– Urban Forest Rehabilitation– Piedmont Upland Forest Rehabilitation– Neighborhood Woodland Rehabilitation– Industrial ReclamationThe Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum: A living connection for the Atlanta BeltLineWhy Where What How You Q&A
    4. 4. Page 4Displacement andaffordable workforce housingare important issues:•The most common concern expressed byresidents is that they feel they will no longer beable to afford to live in their currentneighborhood.•The City will be stronger if government workers,teachers, policemen, firemen, and serviceemployees are able to live in the communitiesin which they work – and if current residentscan remain.•The Atlanta BeltLine will be more successful ifindividuals who depend most heavily on publictransit live near it.Q&A – Displacement & Affordable Workforce HousingWhy Where What How You Q&A
    5. 5. Page 5• 15% of all TAD net bond proceeds ($240 million) are put into an affordable housingtrust fund, representing Atlanta’s largest single investment in affordable housing.• The Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board consists of housing andcommunity leaders who advise Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. on how to best leverage theaffordable housing trust fund.Q&A – Displacement & Affordable Workforce Housing• The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has workedwith non-profit, business, government, andcommunity partners to advance the use ofCommunity Land Trusts to createpermanently affordable housing around theAtlanta BeltLine.• The first three permanently affordablehousing units were sold in the Lofts atReynoldstown Crossing in December2011.The Atlanta BeltLine team is working to address these issues:Why Where What How You Q&A
    6. 6. Page 6CITIZEN PARTICIPATION FRAMEWORK: The Citizen Participation Framework is in place toensure that the voices of residents are involved, engaged, and considered in theimplementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. The Citizen Participation Framework includesfive main components:• Study Groups• A community Representative on the ABI Board• A Citizen Engagement Advocate on the ABI staff• Quarterly Briefings• Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC) and BeltLine Affordable HousingAdvisory Board (BAHAB)STUDY GROUPS: There are five Study Groups (N, NE, SE, SW, W) that are designed toprovide geographic and project specific input over the 25-year life of the AtlantaBeltLine, including input into implementation, transit planning, etc.Q&A – Community Engagement FrameworkWhy Where What How You Q&A
    7. 7. Page 7TAX ALLOCATION DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TADAC): The TADAC is made up ofstakeholders from across the broad spectrum of Atlanta and is composed of communitymembers representing the Atlanta neighborhoods and technical experts with acommitment to making the Atlanta BeltLine a success for the City. TADAC’s mainresponsibilities are primarily the following:• Make recommendations to Invest Atlanta and the City on the issuance , allocation anddistribution of tax allocation proceeds within the Atlanta BeltLine Development Area;• Monitor the effective and equitable distribution of the BeltLine Redevelopment Plan;• Conduct an independent review of the Atlanta BeltLine’s 5-year development plan.BELTLINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD (BAHAB): A group of individuals withdemonstrable experience in affordable housing related fields. Their purpose is to makepolicy recommendations to the ADA and City Council, monitor the availability andlocation of affordable housing, and coordinate with other affordable housing activitiesin the City of Atlanta.Q&A – Citizen Participation FrameworkWhy Where What How You Q&A
    8. 8. Page 8Q&A – Community Land Trusts• Approximately 200 nationwide;• Provides access to land and housing to low- and moderate-income residents;• Increases long-term community control of neighborhood resources;• Empowers residents through involvement and participation in the organization; and• Preserves the affordability of housing permanently.• Learn more about CLT’s at http://www.cltnetwork.org.Community Land Trusts:A Proven Vehicle for the Development andPreservation of Affordable HousingWhy Where What How You Q&A
    9. 9. Page 9A 99-year ground lease between CLTand owner ensures owner-occupancy and responsible use andoutlines fees paid to the CLT.Land is owned by theCommunity Land Trust,which is governed by anon-profit board.Buildings (residential orcommercial) are ownedby individuals. Becausethey pay only for thestructure, and not theunderlying land,purchasing the building ismore affordable.A resale formula built in to theground lease is designed to keephomes affordable forsubsequent buyers.Q&A – Community Land TrustsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    10. 10. Page 10Three unique aspects of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative:• It implements an affordable housing solution on the front end of a large-scaleurban redevelopment project like the Atlanta BeltLine.• The cross-section of public, private, non-profit and community partners engaged inits formation is unprecedented.• It creates an innovative model for CLTs that balances the principle of communityempowerment and the need for economies of scale and efficiency.The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative has reached a number of important milestones:• First three permanently affordable units sold at Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing inDecember 2011• Demonstration projects underway in Pittsburgh and Reynoldstown neighborhoodsContact: Tony Pickett, LEED APExecutive Director, Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative www.atlantaltc.orgtel: 404-376-4717tonypickettmc@bellsouth.netQ&A–Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC)Growing Communities Without DisplacementWhy Where What How You Q&A
    11. 11. Page 11• Legally enforceable contract between developers and impacted communities.• Developer agrees to provide benefits to the community (e.g. hiring local residents,providing pedestrian friendly developments, mixed income housing projects, incentivesfor businesses to come into the community to provide services currently not available inthe community and for developments of a particular size, provide public spaces for thecommunity either community meeting room or public open space).• Community agrees to support project through city approval processes. City may alsoprovide direct and indirect public financing of project infrastructure.• Enacted as part of the City of Atlanta BeltLine TAD Authorizing Ordinance and theAtlanta BeltLine Community Participation Framework Resolution.• Contact Beth McMillan, Director of Community Engagement (404-477-3550,bmcmillan@atlbeltline.org)Q&A – Community Benefits AgreementsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    12. 12. Page 12National EnvironmentalPolicy Act (NEPA) TieringTier I Analysis Completed:• Determination of a preferred alignment ofthe Atlanta BeltLine trails and transit in thenorthwest quadrant of the City, wherefreight rail is the most active;• Selection of modern streetcar as thetechnology for the project, same as AtlantaStreetcar;• Identification of right-of-way needed tocomplete the loop.Tier II Analysis Slated for Completionin Next 1-2 YearsContact: Nate Conable404-614-8315nconable@atlbeltline.orgQ&A – EISEnvironmental Study ProcessWhy Where What How You Q&A
    13. 13. Page 13Agreement covers Atlanta BeltLine transit and all of the associated transit segmentsincorporated in the Transit Implementation StrategyCity of Atlanta• Owns the system• Policy making body• Funder• Regional and federal advocacy and coordinationABI• Securing additional funding with City and other partners• Manages planning and environmental review• Manages design and engineering• Manages constructionADA• Acts as City’s redevelopment agent for Atlanta BeltLine and other TADs• TAD fundingMARTA– Manages operations and maintenanceQ&A – Transit Implementation andOperation – Roles and ResponsibilitiesWhy Where What How You Q&A
    14. 14. Page 14Historic PreservationQ&A – Historic Preservation• Historic preservation is a key component of theAtlanta BeltLine.• Atlanta was built because of the railroads, andthe Atlanta BeltLine is an important part of thisrailroad history.• Historic properties include industrial buildings,residences, parks, railroad bridges, Civil Warsites and more.• 150 registered historic buildings and sites.Many more are eligible.• 21 registered historic districts. Many more areeligible.• Tax incentives and grant money are available forhistoric preservation.Doug YoungCity of Atlanta, Atlanta Urban Design Commission404-330-6145Why Where What How You Q&A
    15. 15. Page 15Q&A – Historic Fourth Ward Parkand Skatepark• 17.6 acre park includes splash pad, multi-use field,playgrounds, and the City of Atlanta’s first publicskate park – opened in June 2011• Storm water detention lake provides attractivewater features• Photovoltaic solar panels offset energy costsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    16. 16. Page 16Q&A – Boulevard Crossing• 4.5 acres of 22-acre park featuringsoccer/rugby fields opened October 2011• Goats were used to remove kudzu from aportion of the property without chemicals• Located in Chosewood Park directly acrossfrom future mixed-income Atlanta HousingAuthority developmentWhy Where What How You Q&A
    17. 17. Page 17Q&A – D.H. Stanton Park• 8.3 acre park located in Peoplestown, one mile fromTurner Field• Atlanta’s first energy cost-neutral park: Photovoltaicsolar panels pay for electricity to light the park• Park features a splash pad, multi-use field, baseballfield and playgroundWhy Where What How You Q&A
    18. 18. Page 18Q&A – Maddox Park• Expansion of existing park from 52 to 84 acres• Reinvigorating the historic pool and greenhouse• Restoring Proctor Creek as a greenway through the parkWhy Where What How You Q&A
    19. 19. Page 19•50 acre reservoir, 400 feet deep, 1.9 billiongallons•200+ acre park around reservoirPiedmont Park - 185 acresGrant Park - 131 acres•Views of reservoir and downtown Atlanta•Hiking and Biking trails around reservoir•Increases water reserve by 28 days•Purchased in June 2006Q&A – Bellwood Quarry/ WestsideReservoir ParkWhy Where What How You Q&A
    20. 20. Page 20Q&A – Eastside Trail• 2.5 miles trail connects Piedmont Park,Historic Fourth Ward Park, and Freedom Park• Multi-use trail for walking, running and bikingconnects to PATH’s existing Stone MountainTrail• Includes Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum plantingsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    21. 21. Page 21Q&A – Northside Trail• One mile trail winds along Tanyard Creek andthrough Tanyard Creek Urban Forest• Connects Bobby Jones Golf Course, Louise G.Howard Park, Tanyard Creek Park and ArdmorePark• Innovative construction methods weredeveloped to protect tree root systems.Why Where What How You Q&A
    22. 22. Page 22Q&A – West End Trail• 2.4 mile trail weaves through West End,Westview and Mozley Park neighborhoods• Connects Westview Cemetery, Enota Park,Gordon White Park, and Rose Circle Park• Links Brown Middle School and KIPP StriveAcademy• First completed Atlanta BeltLine trailWhy Where What How You Q&A
    23. 23. Page 23THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND (TPL): National, nonprofit, land conservations organization helpingacquire land for new BeltLine Parks. Sponsored The BeltLine Emerald Necklace, which introducedparks into the Atlanta BeltLine vision. http://www.tpl.orgTHE PATH FOUNDATION: Georgia nonprofit constructing Atlanta BeltLine trails. Other PATH trailsinclude The Silver Comet, Stone Mountain, Chastain Park, and Freedom Park.http://pathfoundation.orgTREES ATLANTA: Atlanta non-profit citizens group dedicated to planting and conserving trees.Creators of the Atlanta BeltLine arboretum. http://treesatlanta.orgCITY OF ATLANTA DEPARTMENTS: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Watershed Management,Public Works, Planning & Community Development, Law. http://www.atlantaga.govPIEDMONT PARK CONSERVANCY: Non-profit organization working with the City of Atlanta for thepreservation of Piedmont Park. Leading the North Woods expansion of Piedmont Park.http://www.piedmontpark.orgMARTA: Metropolitan Atlanta’s regional transit authority has been a key partner in transitstudies and feasibility analyses. http://itsmarta.comQ&A – Partners: Implementation PartnersWhy Where What How You Q&A
    24. 24. Page 24ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL: Approves Tax Allocation District Bonds and Bond AnticipatoryNotes. Adopts all land-use and zoning plans. Approves all land acquisitions.FULTON COUNTY COMMISSION: Approved BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and authorizeduse of Fulton County tax increment to finance Atlanta BeltLine TAD bonds.INVEST ATLANTA: Agent for issuing Tax Allocation District Bonds and Bond AnticipatoryNotes.ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD: Approved Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan andauthorized use of Atlanta Public School tax increment to finance Atlanta BeltLine TADbonds. However, the Georgia Supreme Court is deliberating as to whether the school taxincrement can be used to finance TADs.Q&A – Partners:BeltLine TAD SponsorsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    25. 25. Page 25• The Atlanta BeltLine provides a great opportunity for developers to become involvedin a vital part of Atlantas growth.• The transit, parks and community improvements provided by the Atlanta BeltLineTAD are appealing to investors and residents.• Financial Incentiveso Economic development incentives targeted at identified redevelopment areas.o BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund.o Brownfield incentives will be provided for remediation of hazardous sites.o Incentives for preservation of registered historic sites• For more information, contact Brian Hooker at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. atbhooker@atlbeltline.org or 404-477-3663.Q&A – Development IncentivesWhy Where What How You Q&A
    26. 26. Page 26• Up to $10 million for the development ofnew recreational facilities and athletic fieldsfor Atlanta Public Schools• Developers receiving funding from theeconomic incentive fund pay APS $25,000 asa public school partnership contribution.• Subsidized transportation for APS students.• Affordable housing for teachers and staff (noless than 15% of affordable housing trustfund).• APS representation on Atlanta BeltLineadvisory boards• Increased tax base after 25 yearsBenefits of Atlanta BeltLine TADto Atlanta Public Schools• ~20 Atlanta Public Schools within ½ mile ofthe Atlanta BeltLine• Connects major universities directly or viatrails and MARTA• Other Schools (Howard School, Crussell-Freeman School for the Blind)Proximity of Schools to theAtlanta BeltLineQ&A – SchoolsWhy Where What How You Q&A
    27. 27. Page 27• Usage and surrounding development creates more “eyes onthe parks and trails,” which is a deterrent to crime.• Public safety departments (police, fire, etc.) give input in toAtlanta BeltLine plans.• Path Force• Hiking trails will be patrolled by the Path Force using mountedpatrol and electric off-road vehicles• Community-organized adoption of segments throughout theparksEastside Trail• Improved lighting at more than 20 locations installed byGeorgia Power• Additional lighting being installed or adjusted by nearly 10adjacent property owners• Additional security cameras being installed this month• Working with DPW to install new lighting under bridges(Freedom, Highland, Virginia)• Increased APD presenceQ&A – SecurityWhy Where What How You Q&A
    28. 28. Page 28I-85I-75I-75/85I-20I-20I-75/85Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District• Adopted in 2005 by City of Atlanta, FultonCounty and Atlanta Public Schools• 6,500 acre redevelopment area (8% of City’sland area, <3% of City’s tax digest whenadopted)• More than $20 billion of new economicdevelopment expected over 25 years• Incremental tax revenues generated by newdevelopment help pay for the AtlantaBeltLine• There is not a separate “Atlanta BeltLine Tax”on residents. The Atlanta BeltLine TaxAllocation District (TAD) offers a way to usefuture tax funds to pay for investment in theBeltLine now.Q&A – Tax Allocation District (TAD)Why Where What How You Q&A
    29. 29. Page 29How does the Atlanta BeltLine TADwork?1. From 2005 through 2030, the City,County, and Public Schools receivethe same amount of tax revenuegenerated in 2005.2. As new development happensbecause of the Atlanta BeltLine,additional tax revenue is generated.This additional tax revenue helps payfor the Atlanta BeltLine.3. After 25 years, the City, County andPublic Schools receive all tax revenue,which is higher than it would havebeen without the Atlanta BeltLine.TaxRevenue2005 2030132Q&A – Tax Allocation District (TAD)Why Where What How You Q&A