CAP/ADID Summer 2011 newsletter
News for Central Atlanta Progress members and Downtown property owners.
SUMMER 2011 WHATâ€™S UP DOWNTOWN News for Central Atlanta Progress members and Downtown property owners. Get on Board with the Atlanta Streetcar Learn more on page 3 Greening Downtown: Sustainability Division Created! n recent months discussions have advanced among Downtown partners to create a campaign that educates building owners on the value of sustainability strategies and to identify and support owners interested in making efficiency upgrades. A first step in the development of this initiative is partnering with Southface and others to conduct a baseline survey of Downtown commercial buildings to document the current level of “green” building certifications through various rating systems such as LEED and Energy Star. In parallel with the development of a “Downtown Green” initiative, CAP has also established a Sustainability division, which will coordinate closely with all of CAP/ADID activities to encourage high-quality, sustainable development that also advances the goals of the City’s sustainability programs. These activities will expand upon CAP/ADID’s existing programs of its Downtown Transportation Management Association (TMA), which promotes sustainable transportation options. Connector Transformed W hile Downtown and Midtown have been widely recognized for their revitalization efforts and enhanced livability, over the last 15 years, the condition of our urban interstate negatively affects the perception of our city and its urban districts. To address the challenges of the Connector, Midtown Alliance and CAP/ADID have partnered to advance the I-75/85 Connector Transformation Vision. Visioning Process This visioning effort will define options for enhancing the visual experience of the Connector and creates a positive economic impact for the city, nearby businesses, institutions, and destinations. Through a series of both small and sweeping changes, one of the most visible corridors in Atlanta will be made more attractive and the city’s identity enhanced. The first phase is a $280,000, 6-month planning effort jointly funded by the Midtown and Downtown Improvement Districts. Phase I will be complete by September 30. Subsequent efforts will focus on securing funding and partnerships for implementation. Midtown Alliance and CAP/ADID have selected a team of local and national design firms to assist in developing a bold vision for the Connector, from Turner Field to the Brookwood Interchange. The planning process will utilize a leadership team of Downtown and Midtown stakeholders, local design professionals, a social media campaign, and a series of public input opportunities to identify short-term and long-term improvement strategies. Goals The Connector Transformation Project is consistent with Mayor Kasim Reed’s vision to enhance the urban environment, particularly gateways into our urban core, in a way that improves the perception of our city to residents, employees, and visitors. Specific goals include: • Develop innovative approaches that go beyond beautification to address connectivity, pedestrian mobility and sustainability • Identify and prioritize short-term and long-term strategies, and projects • Produce an action plan to fund implementation of short-term improvements • Incorporate sustainable design elements that will mitigate the corridor’s environmental impact and become a national model for urban infrastructure. 2 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Streetcar! For the first time since 1949, streetcars will be used to transport people through the streets of Downtown Atlanta. In May, Siemens Industry Inc. announced its award of a $17.2 million contract from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) on behalf of the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. This award paves the way to bring four new streetcars to Downtown Atlanta, the first of which is slated for delivery in September 2012. Revenue service for the Atlanta Streetcar is expected to begin in early 2013, and the streetcars will be a valuable transportation alternative for residents, workers and visitors to Downtown Atlanta. This purchase from Siemens is a major milestone in the Atlanta Streetcar project, which last fall received the largest TIGER II funding grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The TIGER II grant will be used to implement a 2.7 mile streetcar route Downtown. Siemensâ€™ railcar and locomotive plant in Sacramento, Calif., will build the streetcars, which will be powered primarily by two megawatts of solar energy. The Siemens manufacturing facility in Alpharetta will build major components of the streetcarâ€™s propulsion system. The Atlanta Streetcar is the first phase of a long-term, comprehensive plan to create a streetcar and light rail transit system Downtown and throughout Atlanta. The initial streetcar route will loop between Centennial Olympic Park and the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, bridging the east and west gap between Downtown that was formed by the development of the 1-75/85 connector in the early 1960s. The streetcar will provide connectivity in Downtown and improve accessibility to key businesses and event destinations. The system will also serve as a catalyst for transit-oriented development along the route. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 3 Interagency Law Enforcement Appreciation In May, Woodruff Park was the setting for the second annual Downtown Interagency Law Enforcement Appreciation and Memorial Service. The ceremony was held in recognition of the brave and faithful service of Downtown Atlanta’s public safety force and in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a joint effort between ADID, the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Bar Association/Atlanta Bar Foundation, and pays tribute to fallen officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and various law enforcement and professional community leaders made remarks during a wreath-laying ceremony. Participants included senior leadership and members of the 10 law enforcement agencies representing Downtown: • Atlanta Police Department • Federal Protective Service • Fulton County Police • Fulton County Sherriff ’s Office • Georgia State Patrol Capitol Police • Georgia State University Police • Georgia Tech Police • Georgia World Congress Center Authority Department of Public Safety • MARTA Police Department • National Park Service Chris Leighty Named New APD Zone 5 Commander In May, Maj. Chris Leighty was named the new commander of APD’s Zone 5. Leighty, a longtime veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, is a former Gunnery Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and served in southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Maj. Leighty is responsible for leading the city’s specialized crime fighting units, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the National Tactical Officers Association and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Highlights of Maj. Leighty’s career with Atlanta Police Department include: • 1990: Joins Atlanta Police Department as Zone One patrol officer • 1996: Completes FBI Hazardous Devices Course. Joins Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team • 2008: Selected SWAT Team commander for Atlanta Police Department • 2010: Appointed Major in the Atlanta Police Department 4 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Through a wide range of ongoing programs, outreach activities, promotions and partnerships, CAP/ADID strives to influence and foster positive attitudes about Downtown among metro Atlanta residents, property owners, businesses and visitors. Promoting Downtown Save the Dates Central Atlanta Progress/ADID Town Hall Meetings Keep up with the latest developments Downtown at quarterly town hall meetings, which are free and open to the public. At these informative and informal meetings, Downtown Atlanta business owners, stakeholders, residents and employees can network while learning about the various infrastructure, safety, community improvement and marketing projects that CAP/ADID promotes. • Friday, July 29, 8 a.m.: Hyatt Regency Atlanta • Thursday, October 27, 8 a.m.: Westin Peachtree Plaza Downtown Welcomes Food Trucks On the heels of its popular Live at Lunch series, Underground Atlanta has expanded its lunchtime offerings to Downtowners. In partnership with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, Underground Atlanta will welcome the popular Food Truck program every Wednesday on Upper Alabama Street. Participating food trucks will include Champion Cheesesteaks, Just Loaf ’n Poboys, King of Pops, Munch, The Pup Truck, Slider U, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Tex’s Tacos, Westside Creamery, Yum Yum Cupcake and Yumbii. For weekly listings of Food Truck Wednesday at Underground Atlanta participants, follow Underground Atlanta and Atlanta Street Food Coalition on Facebook. • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Underground Atlanta Digital Signage at Georgia World Congress Center The Georgia World Congress Center hosts thousands of conventioneers, residents and businesspeople each year, and now offers an innovative way to promote events, products and more. Each spot runs for 10 seconds and is displayed in high-definition video or static pictures. For information on how to get your brand in front of the masses, email email@example.com. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 4 5 CENTRAL ATLANTA PROGRESS 2011 Annual Meeting A s a departure from years past, Central Atlanta Progress’ 2011 Annual Meeting was held in an eye-catching and unique theatrical venue – the threesixty° Theater at Pemberton Place – which was used for J.M. Barrie’s one-of-a-kind production of “Peter Pan.” CAP’s Annual Meeting paid tribute to some of Downtown Atlanta’s greatest advocates, and featured inspiring remarks from luminaries including Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed. The Annual Meeting’s theme was “Celebrating 70 Years of Progress and Our Vision for the Future,” and the Peter Pan setting was central to the meeting’s overall message of Downtown and CAP “growing old but remaining young at heart.” Thank you to Our Sponsors! Gold Sponsors: AirTran Airlines, Atlanta Business Chronicle, DLA Piper, The Coca-Cola Company Silver Sponsors: Cousins Properties, Development Authority of Fulton County, Georgia Power Company, Grady Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Portman Holdings LLC, Turner Broadcasting System, Turner Enterprises Inc. Bronze Sponsors: A. Brown-Olmstead Associates, AmericasMart, The Integral Group LLC, King & Spalding LLP, Perfect Image, Post Properties, Resource Real Estate Marketing, The Schapiro Group, Silverman Construction Program Management, Stites & Harbison PLLC, W Atlanta Downtown Hotel & Residences 6 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S From top: Mayor Kasim Reed addresses 2011 Annual Meeting attendees; (Inset) The “Peter Pan” crocodile takes the stage; Bill and Peg Balzer accept the 2011 Turner Award; (l-r) George Goodwin, Craig Jones, A.J. Robinson, Egbert Perry; at left, A.J. Robinson in full “Peter Pan” regalia. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 6 7 Atlanta Streets Alive! CAP is proud to partner with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for the second year of Atlanta Streets Alive!, an event that encourages Atlantans of all ages to run, walk, bike, play and dance in the streets. Held on June 11 and June 25, Atlanta Streets Alive! closed some of the cityâ€™s most congested streets to automobile traffic and promoted activity without cars. Building upon the ciclovia events that originated in Bogota, Columbia, Atlanta Streets Alive! launched last spring and fall. This yearâ€™s free event offered activities including bike rodeos, hula hooping, Frisbee, relay races, pilates and yoga, salsa and flamenco dancing, circus performers, storytelling, bubble making, art installations, and live music. Visit www.atlantastreetsalive. com for more coverage! 8 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Have Fun Downtown National Black Arts Festival A culmination and celebration of black music, visual arts, dance, literature and film, the National Black Arts Festival features a wide range of entertainment and educational programs fun for the entire family. This year’s theme is “Unexpected Encounters,” and the festival is held at venues throughout Downtown Atlanta, with many events free to the public. July 7-17 • www.nbaf.org 8th Annual German Bierfest Hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., the annual Bierfest is perhaps the best time to break out the lederhosen and celebrate German culture Downtown. Enjoy more than 30 different German beers at this highly anticipated festival, which is open to all ages. Bring your friends and family to Woodruff Park to hoist a stein or two! Saturday, Aug. 27 • 2-7 p.m. Woodruff Park www.gaccsouth.com Elevate/Art Above Underground In partnership with Underground Atlanta, this City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs public art program will transform Downtown Atlanta into a unique artistic landscape with Elevate / Art Above Underground. Using the talents of several local, national and international artists, Elevate / Art Above Underground will install temporary art projects along the upper Alabama Street corridor and throughout central Downtown. Aug. 26-Oct. 30 • www.ocaatlanta.com www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 8 9 2011-2012 Leadership at Central Atlanta Progress In March 2011, Egbert Perry was named Chairman of Central Atlanta Progress. His appointment marked a milestone in CAP’s 70-year history, as he is the first person of color to hold this position. Perry, a longtime civic leader, has become one of Atlanta’s most respected champions of sustainable community development. The Integral Group, Perry’s award-winning company founded in 1993, is pioneering work across mid-Atlantic and southeastern cities. In recent years, Perry has begun the development of highly visible resort projects in the Caribbean that are scheduled to break ground in 2012. He serves as chairman of the board of Atlanta Life Financial Group, and serves on the boards of Fannie Mae, the University of Pennsylvania, the Carter Center, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Welcome new members to the CAP Board of Directors & Executive Committee Tom Aderhold* – Underground Atlanta Kathy Betty – Atlanta Dream Cloteen Bigger Jasmin* – Georgia-Pacific Corporation Paul Bowers* – Georgia Power Company Susana Chavez* – Parking Company of America Renee Glover* – Atlanta Housing Authority Martin King III – The King Center Hampton Mallis – Reznick Group Patrick Moore – McKinsey & Company Robert Patterson – 200 Peachtree John Reyhan* – Skanska USA Building Inc. Jerome Russell, Jr.* – Russell New Urban Development LLC Doug Sinclair* – SunTrust Bank, Atlanta Region *Executive Committee member New Documentary Chronicles Portman Central Atlanta Progress is proud to support a documentary chronicling the life of one of Downtown Atlanta’s premiere architects, John Portman. “John Portman: A Life of Building” debuted at the High Museum of Art on June 16th and details the career of Portman, who is responsible for designing and erecting many of the buildings dotting the Downtown skyline. Using interviews with Portman, his colleagues, art and architecture critics, Emmy-award producer Ben Loeterman documents Portman’s legendary career in vivid and fascinating detail. J O H N P O RTM A N A L I F E O F B U I L D I N G A FILM BY BEN LOETERMAN FEATURED INTERVIEWEES: JOHN PORTMAN, ANDREW YOUNG, PAUL GOLDBERGER, MACK SCOGIN, MICHAEL HAYS, MICKEY STEINBERG, A.J. ROBINSON, JACQUE ROBERTSON, AND ROBERT CRAIG; WITH JAREL, MICHAEL, JANA, JACK AND JEFF PORTMAN WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: BEN LOETERMAN EDITOR: PETER RHODES CINEMATOGRAPHY: JAMES CALLANAN TIMELAPSE & ANIMATION: HANDCRANKED PRODUCTIONS ORIGINAL SCORE: JOHN KUSIAK SUPPORT PROVIDED BY: CENTRAL ATLANTA PROGRESS, INC. To learn more visit: www.JohnPortmanFilm.com Copyright Warning: It is illegal to copy all or part of this program. © 2011 Ben Loeterman Productions Inc. © Artwork, Michael Portman & Timothy Hursley 10 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Know Your Downtown Neighborhoods Castleberry Hill: This neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is comprised of renovated historic lofts and warehouses used for residential living, dining, retail and gallery space. Centennial Hill: Home to Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Allen Plaza and the new headquarters of Southern Company, Centennial Hill represents the multitude of new investments in Downtown Atlanta. Centennial Olympic Park: Created in anticipation of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park is bursting with activity as the anchor of the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Philips Arena and the new World of Coca-Cola. Fairlie-Poplar: At the turn of the 20th century, Fairlie-Poplar was the heart of Atlanta’s business district. Today, much of Fairlie-Poplar is designated as a National Register Historic District and the area offers an array of dining, nightlife, business and residential options. Georgia State University Campus: With more than 27,000 students, Georgia State University is the definition of an urban higher education institution. The campus provides a range of retail, office, institutional and housing establishments and plans to continue its growth well into the future. Hotel District: As the city’s largest concentration of convention hotels, the Hotel District provides visitors with fine dining establishments, retail and sightseeing opportunities all within walking distance. King Historic District: Take in some history at the King Historic District, which includes the childhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center, and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Luckie Marietta District: This newest Downtown district stretches from the Georgia Aquarium to the Georgia World Congress Center and boasts a range of attractions and eateries within walking distance. Marietta Street Artery: Historical buildings that have been lovingly renovated into residential and retail space line the now vibrant Marietta Street artery, which was previously an industrial corridor for the Western and Atlanta Railroad. Memorial Drive: Memorial Drive links Grant Park and East Atlanta to the city’s central government district, including the Georgia state capitol building. The corridor includes new, redeveloped mixed-income communities alongside historic Victorian-era homes. Northside Drive Connector: With the Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome on one side of the corridor and the residential neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City on the other, Northside Drive is an eclectic and vibrant corridor. Old Fourth Ward: This is one of the oldest residential areas in the city, and is now enjoying a resurgence of activity and development with the redevelopment of City Hall East and the ongoing implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. SoNo: Alternatively known as South of North Avenue, SoNo connects Downtown to Midtown and is one of Downtown’s earliest redeveloped residential areas. The district features a wide variety of housing – from family homes to high-rise condos – with bustling nightlife and commercial business. South Central Business District: In addition to the concentration of city, state, and federal government offices, the South CBD also is home to Underground Atlanta.The area is becoming a hub of authentic loft residential development in former 19th-century hotels, department stores, and other commercial buildings. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 10 11 Investment in Downtown Atlanta is one of the cornerstones of CAP/ADID’s role in the city. With an active and engaged membership base and a wide range of ongoing improvement projects, the organization guides future public and private investment in the heart of Atlanta. Downtown Invests Sweet Auburn Curb Market Set for Renovation ocated in the heart of Downtown on Edgewood Avenue, the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market (also known as the Atlanta Municipal Market) was founded in 1918 and offers an exotic array of fresh meats, fruits and veggies and gourmet eateries. This Downtown Atlanta gem is about to undergo a $1.8 million renovation thanks to federal funds issued to the City of Atlanta pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) of 2009. In April the Sweet Auburn Curb Market announced that J. M. Wilkerson Construction won the bid to renovate the 50,000 square-foot municipal market structure. JMW will be responsible for all project management and reports required per stimulus and HUD guidelines. Stevens & Wilkinson, an Atlanta-based architectural, engineering and interior design firm and esteemed CAP member, will provide design services for the JMW team. Over the last 15 years, the firms have successfully completed numerous projects together. Not only will the renovation increase the building’s energy efficiency, the upgrade will significantly improve the centuries-old building’s appearance and structure. The market’s regular business hours won’t be disrupted during the renovation, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. Learn more about the Sweet Auburn Curb Market’s storied history and ongoing renovation at www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com. 12 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S CAP Welcomes New Members • Ahmann – www.ahmann • Fifth Third Bank – www.53.com • Hardin – www.hardinconstruction.com • Heery International – www.heery.com • Iconologic – www.iconologic.com • InfoSys – www.infosys.com • The Odd Fellows Building – sweetauburn.us/oddfellows.htm • Siemens – www.siemens.com • Strickland Security & Safety Solutions LLC - www.besecureandsafe.com • Sustainable Atlanta – www.sustainableatlanta.org • Winter Construction – www.wintercompanies.com Join Us: Be an Influential Part of Downtown CAP members support the organization’s efforts to create and maintain Downtown as a thriving city center for the diverse Atlanta community. If you are interested in Atlanta’s future, we invite you to join the more than 200 architecture, banking, communications, construction, engineering, law and real estate development companies who are already members. Since 1941, CAP has worked closely with the City of Atlanta and a variety of other government entities on matters of public safety, regulatory zoning, infrastructure, marketing, and development incentives that enhance growth. Key Membership Benefits Include: • The opportunity to guide CAP’s work and shape policies to improve the business climate and quality of life in Atlanta • Informal networking through member councils, behind-the-scenes tours and briefings with major business and civic leaders • Opportunities for business expansion, promotion and development • Website exposure on www.AtlantaDowntown.com (100,000 visits per month) • Preferred Vendor Status on many projects where CAP requires services of external firms • Staff-assigned CAP liaison who will maintain regular contact with Member designee • VIP opportunities to attend or be involved in special events and programs • Speaking opportunities at CAP-hosted quarterly Town Hall meetings and other events For more information and a customized benefits package, please contact Tahmida Shamsuddin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Downtown Is at Your Fingertips Use CAP’s mobile site to navigate the city streets and find everything from a quick-serve restaurant to a barber shop. You can also get up to the minute updates on CAP/ADID and exciting Downtown Atlanta news and events using Facebook and Twitter. www.facebook.com/AtlantaDowntown www.twitter.com/DowntownAtlanta www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 12 13 CAP Membership Councils Another benefit CAP members enjoy is the opportunity to participate on councils covering a range of topics. Below are the current councils for 2011: • Public Policy Council: Develops CAP’s legislative platform, studies local issues and proposed legislation, and recommends actions to the Membership. This group meets as needed and invites relevant speakers to come discuss pertinent topics in an informal and intimate setting. • Marketing & PR Council: Develops marketing strategies to promote CAP and its members. Formulates and directs communication activities, emphasizing brand, strategic alliances, marketing and advertising strategies, internal and external communications programs and news media relations. Serves as liaison with the residents of Downtown Atlanta and plans activities and events with neighborhood groups and community stakeholders. These members also assist in the planning of CAP’s two main yearly events, the Annual Meeting and Downtown Development Day. Meets quarterly. • Transportation & Infrastructure Council: Focuses on pursuing both public policies and financial resources that will build the sustainable infrastructure that Downtown Atlanta needs for its future economic prosperity. Proactively advocates at the local, regional, state and federal levels for programs and policies that benefit local and regional transportation systems. Meets quarterly or as needed. • Economic Development Council: Focuses on the essential elements for developing and sustaining business growth through job creation, technical assistance and capital investment to attract new businesses and retain and expand existing businesses in Downtown Atlanta. This group plans and executes a quarterly Real Estate Round Table. Meets quarterly. • Public Safety Council: Downtown has almost half of all daily city population and represents only 8% of the city’s total crime. Working with the Ambassador Force of Downtown Atlanta, this group focuses on maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone visiting, living, working or studying in Downtown Atlanta. Initiatives such as the Stop Panhandling Campaign and the Clean Car Campaign fall under this group’s purview. Meets quarterly. Save the Date 9th Annual Downtown Development Day The 2011 Downtown Development Day will be held on Thursday, November 3 and will again bring together 500 of Atlanta’s real estate industry movers and shakers. Attendees will discuss the state of the Downtown Atlanta market and learn about what’s in store for the future. In addition to networking, Downtown Development Day will feature informative panel discussions with industry experts and will celebrate Downtown’s best designs with the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Awards. Catch up with business associates, make new contacts and learn more about what CAP has planned for Downtown Atlanta. Sponsorship packages are available for this exceptional opportunity to reach a much targeted group. As a sponsor, your company’s name and logo will be in front of many of Atlanta’s community and civic leaders, as well as key real estate industry influencers. The city’s leading real estate brokers and agents, developers, retailers, investors, attorneys, media, and business leaders typically attend. For more information, please contact Tahmida Shamsuddin at email@example.com. 14 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Meet the New Neighbors Downtown Atlanta Openings • Kaiser Permanente Peachtree Center Medical Office is the first Kaiser Permanente location in Downtown Atlanta. Located at 225 Peachtree Street NE, Suite C-08, the $2.3 million facility began welcoming patients on April 14. The official ribbon cutting ceremony (pitured) was May 24. • Choice Hotels opened the first Comfort Suites property in Downtown Atlanta at 54 Peachtree Street SW. It is an adaptive reuse of a historic building and features 156 suites and two banquet and meeting rooms. • In April, the Georgia Aquarium got even bigger with the opening of its newest public exhibit. “AT&T Dolphin Tales” includes a new gallery with a naturally-lit entrance lobby featuring an underwater viewing window. The exhibit also features a new theater where audiences can take in daily shows of 11 dolphins from around the world. The mammals live in a $100 million habitat where they are cared for by trainers, a staff of five veterinarians and a Ph.D. nutritionist. Brian Parker (Director of Emerging Markets – Choice Hotels Int’l), Kasim Reed (Mayor – City of Atlanta), Evens Charles (Owner/Partner), Isaac Brown (Choice Hotels Int’l-Emerging Markets Manager). • The Atlanta Passport Agency opened May 2 at 230 Peachtree Street NW. A new passport office in Downtown Atlanta means it is no longer necessary for Georgians to travel to Washington, D.C. or Miami to obtain a passport for travel in fewer than 14 days or within four weeks for a foreign visa. More than 50,000 customers are expected in the agency’s first year. Georgia Aquarium is celebrating the opening of AT&T Dolphin Tales by featuring Dolphins on Parade, a new public art project. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 14 15 Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award T he Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award will be given in its sixth year at this yearâ€™s Downtown Development Day. This prestigious, competitive award is given to the best design of a new or rehabbed restaurant, hotel, residential building, office, and community space in Downtown. Applications will be accepted this summer for Downtown projects completed between September 2010 and August 2011. For more information, please contact Ellen Mendelsohn at firstname.lastname@example.org. See past ADDEA winners at www.atlantadowntown.com. 16 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Real Estate Opportunities in Downtown A common misperception is that Downtown Atlanta is over developed, and what little vacant land that exists is not large enough for new development. Recently, CAP/ADID set out to debunk this myth by researching and analyzing underutilized property within Downtown. Remarkably, 495 underutilized acres exist for redevelopment. Whether itâ€™s a surface parking lot, vacant building, or raw land, opportunities abound for the future. Zeroing in on the proposed Atlanta Streetcar line that will be operational by 2013, more than 80 acres of land surrounding the route is underutilized. CAP/ADID plans to leverage the federal and municipal investment in the Streetcar by encouraging redevelopment along the route of this new transit line. With the Streetcarâ€™s connection to MARTA rail, and future connections to the BeltLine, accessibility throughout the region is significantly expanded. In facilitating transit-oriented development along this route, the quality of life for residents, employees, visitors, shoppers, and students will greatly improve. More than 80 acres of land along the Atlanta Armed with the knowledge of existing Streetcar route are conditions and the vision of the Imagine underutilized Downtown plan, CAP/ADID will work to create a resource for developers who are considering an investment in a property along the Streetcar. RCLCO, a national real estate consulting firm, is completing a thorough market analysis and development forecast for Downtownâ€™s housing, office, retail, and hospitality sectors. This information, combined with property characteristics, available incentives, zoning restrictions, and illustrative visions, will provide developers, investors, and business owners with the tools they need to make informed decisions. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 16 17 Current Programs & Initiatives Keeping Downtown Atlanta the premiere destination to live, do business and have fun is central to CAP/ADID’s mission. For that reason, the organization is involved in a number of exciting programs and initiatives to benefit all who call Downtown Atlanta home. Downtown Dining District Downtown is emerging as the hottest spot for foodies and restaurateurs alike, and with more than 300 dining options and prime location in the city center, the Downtown Dining District is the premiere destination for dining out in Atlanta. As creator and sponsor of the Downtown Dining District, Central Atlanta Progress is forecasting even more attractive dining offers and options in 2011. 2011 Downtown Dining District Featured Members • Agatha’s “A Taste of Mystery” • No Mas! Cantina Dinner Theatre • Peasant Bistro • Azio Downtown • Pittypat’s Porch • Atlanta Grill • Ray’s In the City • Benihana • Rise Sushi Lounge • BLT Steak • ROOM at TWELVE CENTENNIAL • Café Circa PARK • Der Biergarten • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse • Dantanna’s Downtown • Sidebar • French American Brasserie • Social Resto Café & Bar • Hard Rock Café • Spoon Westside • Legal Sea Foods • STATS • Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria • Sun Dial Restaurant, View & Bar • Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & • Terrace on Peachtree Brewery • Truva • Meehan’s Public House Downtown • Thrive Looking for a quick bite or a casual meal? The Downtown Dining District’s food courts offer plenty in the way of variety and flavor! CNN Center • www.cnncenterretail.com Visitors to Downtown Atlanta’s news headquarters can enjoy upscale dining or quick, casual fare at the CNN Center food court. Arby’s, Blimpie, Chick Fil A, China Breeze, Dantanna’s, Don Juan Mexican Cantina, Dunkin Donuts, Fuji Express, Great Wraps, Latitudes Lounge, McCormick & Schmick’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Prime Meridian, Roman Delight, Salad Sensations, Starbucks, Taco Bell, TJ’s, Wendy’s Peachtree Center Food Court • www.peachtreecenter.com Peachtree Center’s three-tiered retail mall is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta and has two food courts with a multitude of dining options for every budget. 18 MORE Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District T AV E 11TH ST VIRGINIA AVE 10TH ST TAFT AVE JUNIPER ST 9TH ST CHARLES ALLEN DR PI ED MYRTLE ST M ON Wyndham Hotel ARGONNE AVE 10TH ST 9TH ST 8TH ST N Summer 2011 E W S WAY 7TH ST MONROE CIR ROSEDALE DR MENTELLE DR 7TH ST DURANT PL GLENDALE TER ADAIR AVE 8TH ST GREENWOOD AVE ARGONNE AVE BRIARCLIFF PL ST CHARLES AVE ST CHARLES AVE LAKEVIEW AVE NORTH HIGHLAND AVE PENN AVE MYRTLE ST PIED MO JUNIPER ST BARNETT ST SEAL PL GREENWOOD AVE NT AVE T VEDADO Bistro 7, Café Du Jour, Café Momo, Caribou Coffee, Checker’s, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Farmers Basket, Great American Cookies, Great Wraps, Jack’s Sandwich Shop, Kameel’s, Malibu Wings, Moe’s Southwest Grill, My Friend’s Place, Noodle Café, Quizno’s, Roman Delight Pizza, Subway, Tropical Cajun, Willy’s Mexicana Grill, Yami Yami H ST PONCE DE LEON AVE PONCE DE LEON AVE Sweet Auburn Curb Market • www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com Atlanta’s oldest and only publicly-owned market has been serving Downtown Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district for 87 years. The curb market offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, eateries and specialty shops. NORTH AVE FREEDOM PKWY T AVE WILLOW ST SOMERSET TERR BONAVENTURE AVE BLUE RIDGE AVE PIED MON NORTH AVE CLE BOULEVARD PL BUR NE AVE NCE PKWY MORGAN ST Central Park Renaissance Park FREE PINE STREET Afrodish, Bell St. Burrito, Broadway Asian Express, Café Campesino Coffee Bar, Ciao Bocca, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Metro Deli, Miss D’s New Orleans Style Candy Confections, Pizza Hut, Smoothie Blender, Sweet Auburn Bakery, Tilapia Express RANKIN ST E RALPH MCGILL BLVD EAST AVE PROSPECT PL HIGH LAND AVE JACKSON ST CAIN ST JOHN WES BS AVE HOWELL ST BRADLEY ST HOUGE ST BOULEVARD FORT ST BU RN AV LAKE E EDGEWO OD AVE HARDEE ST GARTRELL ST ST LUCY KA LB TENELL E EVAR BOUL GRANT ST CARROLL ST Oakland Cemetery MEM ORIA PEARL ST Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week WALDO ST BROYLE ST OLD FLAT SHOL L DR ME MO RIA L DR AS RD 20 WALDO ST GLEN WOO D AV FAITH AVE E eld May 28-June 5, this year marked the 10th anniversary of Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. This highly anticipated celebration of the Downtown Dining District saw more than 15,000 residents and visitors converging in Downtown Atlanta for some of the city’s best dining deals. With 26 restaurants participating, Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week allowed diners to enjoy a full-sized meal at bargain prices with $25 or $35 prix fixe menus. GLENWOOD AVE MORELAND AVE H SYDNEY ST BOULEVARD HILL ST LOGAN ST CHESTER AVE OAKLAND AVE GRANT ST FORT ST HARDEN ST MEMO RIAL DR WOODWARD AVE KELLY ST KIRKWOOD AVE DOWNTO WN.COM Pick up a Downtown Dining District map brochure at any of these restaurants. GEORGE ST OAKLAND AVE HILL ST BIGGERS ST MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DR GLENWOOD AVE WYLIE ST AV E D DE R ST WWW.ATLANTA King Memorial MOORE ST TU DE CA JAC HILLIARD ST MOORE ST DECAT UR ST WOODWARD AVE ST TODD BOULEVARD T KSON ST TS CHEROKEE AVE AT BELL ST PR FITZGE RALD ST DEKA LB AVE CORNELIA ST L ST HOWELL ST HILLIARD ST BORDERS SR DR JACKSON ST DANIE CE CHAMBERLAIN ST GARTRELL ST E MLK Birth Home EDGEWOOD AVE WILLIAM HOLMES BELL ST JESSE HILL JR. DR PLA Selina S. Butler Park AV Y OLA 464 Edgewood Ave. Non Violent Social Change LB WA AC Café Circa 75 0.5 mile west 85 AU OLD WHEAT STREET Fire Station #6 Martin Luther King Jr. Center for KA RLY Visitor Center Sweet Auburn Curb Market l ce Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site AUBURN AVE DE VE OC thcare a lding ST GASPER ST American Deli, Barbecue Works, Dairy Queen, 32 6 Footprints Restaurant & Lounge, Haagen Dazs, Johnny Rockets, Jug Head’s Jamaican Patty Shop, Kelly’s Cajun Grille, Kempani’s Hawaiian Grill, Lotus Express, Mr. Gyro, Quizno’s, Scores Sports Bar & Restaurant, Subway, Villa Pizza, Waffle House Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church RT WA IRWIN ST OLD WHEAT ST HU AVE BOULEVARD JOHN WESLEY DOBBS IRWIN ST AUBURN AVE FEATURED RESTAURANT S FREEDOM PARK TRAIL LEY DOB E AVE FREEDOM PARKWAY FREEDOM PARK TRAIL Atlanta Fulton County Library MLK Jr. Branch AV AUSTIN AVE ELIZABETH ST HIGHLAND AVE CLID MORELAND AVE EU MACKENZIE DR Atlanta Medical Center Underground Atlanta www.underground-atlanta.com Underground Atlanta is bustling with activity, day or night and has a number of dining options suitable for every taste. Wyndham Garden Inn and Baymont Inn & Suites WAY Carter Presidential Center GLEN IRIS DR ANGIER PL WABASH AVE CENTRAL PARK PL AVE PIED MON T BOULEVARD PARKWAY FELTON AVE RALP H MCGI LL BLVD NAL BLVD PARK 2011 ARNOLD ST ER AV DR ANGI Atlanta Civic Center DOM PINE ST KILLIAN ST Grant Park BERNE ST Atlanta Cyclorama Zoo Atlanta ORMEWOOD AVE To kick off Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, CAP announced this year’s signature cocktail, the Absolut® Rickshaw. With the Atlanta Streetcar on the horizon, the Rickshaw is a perfect way to get into the spirit and combines Absolut® Orient Apple, ginger ale and cranberry juice in a tart and tangy blend. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 18 19 Every day, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) work hard to make sure Downtown is a clean, welcoming and safe place to live, work and visit. The 67-member Downtown Ambassador Force patrols the 220-block district seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, providing information, directions and peace of mind to residents and visitors alike. The 18-member Clean Team cleans Downtownâ€™s streets, sidewalks and common areas, and also has a hand in Downtown beautification projects like installing holiday decorations, flower baskets and painting light poles. 20 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Ambassador Force Marks 15 Years 2011 marks the 15th anniversary of the Downtown Ambassador Force. With their signature uniform and friendly smile, the Ambassadors are an unmistakable fixture Downtown, whether on foot, bicycle or Segway. The role of the Downtown Ambassador Force has expanded to include 24-hour police enhancement and selective enforcement and monitoring of Downtown surveillance cameras. In just the past five years, the Downtown Ambassadors have assisted more than 14 million guests, residents and workers Downtown, and in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department and the Police Foundation serve as the â€œeyes and earsâ€? for certified law enforcement personnel. With the help of the Downtown Ambassadors, the APD has arrested more than 300 offenders Downtown and more than 250 people have received medical assistance facilitated by an Ambassador. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 20 21 Current Sidewalk and Roadway Project Quick Guide When will Poject What is it? it be done? Fairlie-Poplar Historic District Streetscape $1.55 million beautification and safety enhancement of sidewalks and intersections on Walton and Nassau Streets. Complete! June 2011 West Peachtree Place Two-Way Conversion Signal, striping and signage to allow two way traffic between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and W. Peachtree Street Complete! July 2011 Marietta Street â€“ Centennial Olympic Park Drive Streetscape $6.05 million beautification and safety enhancement of sidewalks and intersections between Five Points and Centennial Olympic Park. Under Construction Planned completion is December 2011 Simpson Street â€“ West Peachtree Street Streetscape $2.9 million beautification and safety enhancement of sidewalks and intersections between Civic Center MARTA Station and Centennial Olympic Park Drive including new traffic signals Under Construction Planned completion is December 2011 Peachtree Street Planters Landscaping and fencing improvements between International Boulevard and Harris Street Fall 2011 Downtown Sidewalk Repair Program Annual investment of $100,000 to repair damaged paver and concrete sidewalks and upgrade ADA-ramps. 2011 scope to focus on Marietta and Luckie Streets north of Baker Street. Fall 2011 Downtown Traffic Signal System Modernization New signal controllers and cabinets, vehicle and pedestrian heads, detection, wireless communications, and corridor re-timing for 65 intersections Completion scheduled for 2nd Quarter 2012 Folk Art Park Restoration Repair, restoration and pedestrian improvements to the public art sites at McGill and Courtland and Baker and Piedmont 2012 NEW! Auburn Avenue Historic & Cultural Information Project Recently awarded $400,000 Georgia DOT Enhancement grant. Details to follow. Expected 2013 22 Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Summer 2011 N E W S Woodruff Park Balzer Event & Woodruff Park Rebranding Initiative ongtime residents of Downtown Atlanta, Bill and Peg Balzer are some of the foremost supporters of Woodruff Park’s redevelopment. In April the Balzers graciously opened up their home in the historic Healey Building to more than 35 park constituents and discussed the ongoing transformation of Woodruff Park, which includes a new branding initiative designed to cement the park as a premiere destination Downtown. CAP/ADID encourages stakeholders and property owners around Woodruff Park to strongly consider revamping signage, letterhead, promotional materials and more to include the park’s name. Fountain Restoration Just in time for the warm spring weather, the round fountain in Downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park was restored to its former brilliance in April thanks to backing from the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA). Due to the drought in 2007, the fountains in Woodruff Park had to be turned off to comply with City policy. During that dormant time, the fountain became in need of serious and major repair. After four years of inactivity, the fountain is now operating sustainably with well water thanks to the City of Atlanta, the Woodruff Park Partnership and funding from the Rich Foundation, Waterfall Foundation and Kendeda Foundation. Atlanta-based Fountain Solutions led the reconstruction project. With $60,000 in funding from the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District embarked on the first phase of a long-term improvement project for the fountain. This initial phase includes replacing damaged and missing lighting fixtures, upgrading pumps and controls and cleaning and painting the structure’s interiors walls. Flower Baskets & Planters As part of the Master Plan for Woodruff Park, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District installed planters along the garden walls to provide extra greenery and flowers on the south end of the park. Because the park is mostly a hard-scaped area, the new planters on the south end will create a beautiful walkway for passersby and a befitting backdrop. There are now 120 planters in the park and the planters will be sustained throughout the year with winter and warm season plantings. www.at la n ta d ow n tow n . co m 22 23 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 110 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404-658-1877 email@example.com www.atlantadowntown.com Ce n t r a l At l a n ta y e a rs o f pr o gress 70 The invaluable support of our Members and Property Owners helps us to keep Downtown vibrant safe and smart. Not a CAP Member? Contact Dan Williams, Central Atlanta Progress Membership Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org