Brookhaven moves ahead with Peachtree Creek Greenway project
Land and easement acquisition underway
Brookhaven, GA, June 10, 2017 – With a dedicated funding source now in place, the City of Brookhaven is forging ahead with plans to complete the Peachtree Creek Greenway (PCG) which will ultimately become a 2.98-mile multi-purpose linear park along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek.
The PCG Master Plan outlines a series of nature trails, paved multi-purpose paved trails, and paved promenade trails which will connect Brookhaven’s portion into the 12.3-mile Peachtree Creek Trail project from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb to the PATH400 trail, the South Fork Conservancy Trails and the Atlanta Beltline. The PCG will also provide connectivity to areas beyond as part of a larger network of multi-use trails to residences, offices, restaurants, bike rental stands, coffee shops and picnic areas.
PCG is a High Performance Public Spaces (HPPS) initiative, similar to the Silver Comet Trail. A recent engineering study estimates that for every $1 spent on the Silver Comet Trail expansion, Georgians received $4.64 in direct and indirect economic benefits. Another HPPS project, the Atlanta Beltline, generated $775 million in development within ½ mile of the Eastside Trail.
Easement acquisition has been taking place for several months, and the City is proceeding on its first major land acquisition in support of this initiative by beginning a condemnation process on an 19-acre tract at the trailhead near Buford Highway and Briarwood Drive. More than 83% of this tract is located in a floodplain and unbuildable.
“We’ve been trying to negotiate a fair and equitable transfer of this property for over a year to avoid using eminent domain but we are at an impasse,” said Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman. “With the funding for the PCG now in place, we are left with no other option in order to proceed.”
By law, the City of Brookhaven will be required to compensate the current owners for a fair market value for the property.
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