Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D) in partnership with Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. were selected by the City of Chamblee to work with City residents and stakeholders to develop a conceptual vision for the Rail-Trail Extension and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) stormwater detention pond facility located within the City’s Downtown area. Findings from the study would provide the City of Chamblee with the information necessary to move the project to the next phase of implementation. PP+D led the project process which included four phases:
Phase 1: Existing Conditions + Analysis - The Design Team worked with the City of Chamblee and MARTA to develop an understanding of the existing and planned conditions of the corridor.
Phase 2: Public Engagement - This phase detailed the techniques and strategies used by the Design Team to gather and actively listen to these voices. Central to these techniques and strategies was the development of a Stakeholder Advisory Group comprised of a diverse group of interested and vested residents, property owners, and agencies that guided the Design Team through the twelve month study process. Public engagement techniques included: one-on-one interviews with elected officials, trail neighbor and resident interviews, stakeholder advisory group, public workshops, and an online survey.
Phase 3: Concept Plan - This phase detailed the proposed Concept Plan and included existing and proposed condition perspective section alternatives, perspectives sketches, and plans to show the potential impact of the corridor on the future build-out of the study area.
Phase 4: Implementation Plan - Based on the Concept Plan, the Design Team developed an Implementation Plan for the Chamblee Rail-Trail that establishes a cost estimate for the project and identifies phases of implementation, potential sources of funding, and proposes an action plan for the project.