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Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan RFP

Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan RFP

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Request for Proposals Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan
March 19, 2014
Contact: Wesley Brown Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. 50 Hurt Plaza SE, Suite 110, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Telephone: 404-658-5983 • Fax: 404-658-1919 Email: wbrown@atlantadowntown.com 
Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan March 19, 2014 Page 2 of 13
Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) are seeking qualified consultant firms or teams to research, evaluate, design, document and execute creative placemaking and ‘tactical urbanism’ enhancements for Downtown Atlanta’s South Central Business District’s MARTA rail stations – the Five Points Station and the Garnett Station. The
Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan
will identify and illustrate both immediate and long term projects to transform the appearance and experience of the two MARTA stations. ‘Tactical urbanism’ – a concept termed by Street Plans Collaborative Principal, Mike Lydon – is a deliberate approach to improve urban environments. The methodology typically includes:
a deliberate phased approach to instigate change
local solutions for local planning challenges
short-term commitment and realistic expectations
low-risk with a possibly high reward
social capital between, individuals, communities, organizations, institutions and their constituents Interested consultant firms or teams are encouraged to submit proposals that exhibit multidisciplinary and creative approaches to public engagement and public space design. Project funding has been provided through a federal grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Supplemental Study program. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is providing the required local matching funds for the ARC grant. The committed budget for all six elements of the project’s scope of work – including the implementation of demonstration projects - is $100,000. The project must be complete no later than June 30, 2015 however earlier completion is desirable. Please reference Attachments A and B, located at the end of this document, for the complete Scope of Work proposed for this project and the Study Area, respectively.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) developed the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) as a program to provide assistance to communities seeking to create new plans for quality growth, by developing innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. Once LCI studies and plans are complete, communities are eligible for additional LCI funding and ARC rewards past recipients by offering additional funding resources for supplemental studies and transportation projects to help implement the LCI plans. Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) completed the Imagine Downtown Encore/Downtown Atlanta LCI Plan in 2009, which was adopted by reference into the City of Atlanta's Comprehensive Development Plan and received approval from the Atlanta Regional Commission as a grandfathered LCI Plan (referred to as the Downtown Atlanta LCI Plan). CAP, and its affiliate organization, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Inc. (ADID) and the City of Atlanta are working toward and are committed to implementing the recommendations and projects identified by the Downtown Atlanta LCI plan. The Downtown Atlanta LCI plan includes a recommendation in the short-term work program to improve the appearance and operations of the Five Points MARTA rail station, as well as,
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recommendations related to encouraging transit oriented development around the Garnett MARTA rail station. In 2013, the Atlanta City Council’s Downtown Development Technical Advisory Group (DDTAG) a focused on tactics to attract private investment to Downtown Atlanta’s South Central Business District’s (CBD) and identified the need for a collaborative community effort to improve the appearance and operations of the Five Points station. In April 2014, the national American Planning Association conference will be held in Atlanta. During the conference the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will host a planning workshop on Broad Street SW – from Upper Alabama Street to Trinity Avenue – to identify specific obstacles that have deterred implementation the community's LCI vision. The six-block stretch connects the Five Points and Garnett stations. Together these efforts have produced a groundswell of effort to revitalize the entire South CBD beginning with strategies to implement quick, inexpensive projects that make a small part of a city more lively and enjoyable. Beyond Downtown Atlanta, transit agencies and communities across the United States are currently engaged in a range of efforts to help build ‘transit cultures’ in which the experience of riders is enhanced and the entire citizenry appreciates the benefits of public transit thus impacting increased ridership. CAP/ADID seeks to consider this concept in the completion of the Downtown South Transit Station Area Enhancements Plan. The opportunity to impact the current identity and experience of MARTA rail service – specifically the Five Points and Garnett stations – through the physical environments of the station areas with designs that are contextual and unique to Downtown Atlanta is a project goal.
Sponsor Mission
Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. is serving as the project manager for the project. CAP is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(4) corporation representing the interests of businesses and Downtown organizations that share the vision of a thriving, secure and vibrant Downtown Atlanta. With a Board of Directors comprised of Downtown's top business leaders, CAP is funded through the investment of businesses, foundations and institutions. CAP and its affiliate organizations, including Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Inc., are a driving force in shaping Downtown development and public policy. Through its focus on economic development, the physical environment and marketing, CAP has been improving central Atlanta through innovative programs and public-private partnerships since 1941. CAP also serves as the designated transportation management association (TMA) for Downtown, providing employer and commuter-focused services through its ‘Downtown Green Source’ program, funded by ADID. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, founded in 1995 by CAP, with the support of commercial property owners and the City of Atlanta, is a public-private partnership that strives to create a livable environment for Downtown Atlanta. With a Board of Directors of nine private-and public-sector leaders, ADID is funded through a community improvement district within which private commercial property owners pay special assessments. Together, CAP/ADID is committed to a Downtown that is a central place for the diverse Atlanta community and all of Downtown's property owners, employees, residents, students and visitors.

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