From Main “Street” to Main “Streets”
The Main Street plan laid the groundwork for the successful acquisition of funds to dramatically improve the character of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. These two important city streets will become important campus connectors. These safer and welcoming pedestrian routes will enhance the campus environment through the academic core and north to the new residential complex. (See Image 5.1) These improvements will also properly frame and connect new and renovated facilities, including the soon-to-be transformed Library and University Science Park. The Library transformation is under design and the Science Park is programmed, to be bid for architectural services in 2006.
The idea of the Main Streets plan is based on making connections beyond the campus core as the university grows and expands to meet its needs. The Piedmont–Ellis Residential Complex will create a very strong northeast corner and mark the university’s northern downtown expansion. This new 2,000 bed complex will generate a great deal of pedestrian traffic along Piedmont Avenue, and other downtown connectors.
As outlined in section 4, an additional 2.7m GSF of classrooms, laboratories and office buildings will be needed to meet the space requirements and quality expectations of the growing campus population. Given the limited availability of existing campus real estate, much of this growth should occur to the north of Edgewood. These new facilities are needed online in the next 10 years and will require strong, clear connections to the campus core. Improving the character and scale of the existing network of streets will be the key to making these connections work.
The Main Streets plan also takes into account scheduled improvements by the City of Atlanta. Figure 5.4 on page 5.6 outlines these streets for existing, current, and proposed city/CAP (Central Atlanta Progress) enhancements (See Figure 5.2 and 5.3 on pages 5.4 and 5.5) as well as current and proposed Georgia State improvements. As evidenced in the diagram, the city is planning to make significant improvements to Edgewood Avenue allowing Georgia State to focus its resources on other needs. The university should continue to work closely with the city to ensure that the Edgewood and other improvements are responsive to the university’s needs. (See Image 5.2)
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