Fairlie-Poplar Historic District Streetscape Improvements

The recently completed Fairlie-Poplar Historic District Streetscape Phase III improvement project wss consistent with enhancements completed during Phases I and II and focused on streets not completed previously including:

  • Walton Street - between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Cone Street; and
  • Nassau Street - between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Spring Street.

The improvements included two 11-foot eastbound travel lanes on Walton Street with 7.5-foot wide on street parking stalls on each side of the street, a 6-inch granite curb and 10-foot minimum width concrete sidewalks with 1-foot wide brick edging along the curb lines. The improvements to Nassau Street will include one 11-foot eastbound travel lane with 7.5-foot wide on street parking stalls on each side of the street and 6-inch granite curb with 10-foot minimum width concrete sidewalks that include 1-foot wide brick edging along the curb lines.

Additional improvements included new street lights, trash cans, banner poles, raised planters, flower baskets, additional street trees and tree well plantings, providing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, repainting high-visibility crosswalk markings at all crosswalks, performing electrical work to ensure operation of pedestrian signals and performing drainage work to eliminate ponding in crosswalks.

The Fairlie-Poplar Historic District Streetscape total project budget is approximately $1.0 million. Funding is being provided by the City of Atlanta Quality of Life Bond Program and the Georgia Department of Transportation via the American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009. Design and engineering was completed by Kimley-Horn & Associates.

History

In 1998 the Fairlie-Poplar Task Force and Central Atlanta Progress began an initiative to improve sidewalk conditions within the Fairlie Poplar Historic District and prepared a design scheme for the entire district. Conceived as one of the key recommendations of the 1991 revitalization plan for the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, the streetscape project was envisioned to improve the district’s physical environment.  

Phase I, completed in 2001, included work on Broad Street, Luckie Street and Walton Street. The improvements made during this Phase were financed by $3.0 million dollars of private donations from property and business owners.

Phase II, completed in 2003, continued work on portions of Luckie and Walton streets. The $1.0 million dollar construction budget was supported by an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding award from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and a $200,000 cash match provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress.

About the Fairlie-Poplar District

The Fairlie-Poplar Historic District is Downtown Atlanta’s 28-block turn-of-the-century historic business district, located between Centennial Olympic Park and Woodruff Park. Much of the District is a National Register Historic District. Fairlie-Poplar provides a rare glimpse into Atlanta's past, visually illustrating its transition from a fledgling, commercial railroad town in the early 1800s to a modern city of skyscrapers today. Atlanta's oldest high-rises, which were concentrated in the area, today stand side-by-side with three and four-story buildings typical of the earlier Victorian period. Combined, the district’s pedestrian scale, unique architecture, tree-lined streets and historic atmosphere create a city feel found nowhere else in Atlanta. Today the district is home to hotels, performing arts venues, a variety of retail stores and restaurants, night clubs, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and various condo, loft and apartment developments. The district is also within close proximity to major attractions including Philips Arena, CNN Center, and the Georgia Dome.

In 1992 Mayor Maynard Jackson created the Fairlie-Poplar Task Force to revitalize the district. The goal of the Task Force was to facilitate the development of a historic vibrant, Downtown district that encourages office, retail, residential, cultural, and higher education interest and participation in a dynamic secure environment. Revitalization efforts within the District are now managed by Central Atlanta Progress.