The Midtown Garden District (MGD) lies to the east of Piedmont Avenue and the Midtown Improvement District (MID). This section of Midtown is characterized by early 20th Century historic homes, mid-century apartment buildings, a compact grid of streets, rolling topography and extensive mature tree canopy. This section of the neighborhood is also a National Register Historic District, established in 1999.
Why do a Masterplan?
The Midtown Garden District Masterplan was initiated through a joint effort by the Midtown Neighbors Association and City of Atlanta Councilmember Kwanza Hall’s office. The yearlong planning process occurred throughout 2016 and involved thousands of neighborhood residents and stakeholders.
The Midtown Garden District continues (and will continue to) see increased development pressures, traffic impacts and aging infrastructure issues. The masterplan helps ensure that FUTURE neighborhood growth meets the vision of TODAY’s neighbors. The masterplanning PROCESS was about building consensus around what the neighborhood wants to see in the future. Neighborhood residents came together to collaborate in dozens of public workshops and focus group meetings and participated in a two-month online survey. The Strategic Planning Committee and Planners also held countless smaller more intimate conversations with residents to hear their concerns.
The final masterplan DOCUMENT is intended to summarize that process and findings in order to guide future decisions on development and investments. It is also intended to be flexible enough to embrace inevitable change in and around the neighborhood, and serve as a living breathing document which could be expanded and modified in the coming years.
The MNA has approved MGD Master Plan and it has been sent on to Councilman Kwanza Hall to write legislation to be presented to City Council for its adoption.