Is living OVER the roads the future of Atlanta?

November 10,2017

Source: Ryan Kruger, WXIA 11Alive Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Living in Atlanta, we've all spent hours of our lives sitting in traffic on the connector. But in your wildest, did you ever think about living on top of it?

Condos, a one-of-a-kind park, and possibly the next headquarters of Amazon? All of them are possibilities for "The Stitch."

It's an ambitious plan to build a three-quarters of a mile platform over the Connector -- between the Civic Center MARTA Station and Piedmont Avenue. 11Alive has been covering The Stitch since the plans were first announced last summer. Now, The Stitch is becoming more and more likely.

The non-profit Central Atlanta Progress is now in the midst of a one-year feasibility study to find out if the ambition can become a reality.

"I think people in Atlanta are used to these kinds of aspirational projects and want to see them done," a representative told 11Alive

And we might see multiple projects above the traffic. Just a few miles north of The Stitch, plans are moving forward to build a park on top of GA-400, right in the heart of Buckhead.

That idea has been kicked around for the last two years, but this summer planners wrapped up their year long feasibility study and found it is perfectly possible to build on top of the roadway.

As soon as this upcoming January permits are filed, engineering and designing will start, and by 2020 officials expect a ground-breaking...or, we guess an air-breaking.

But in case you were wondering, building on top of a roadway isn't unprecedented.

It's been done before in Dallas, at Klyde Warren Park, where estimates say the park has spurred a billion dollars in development.

Whether it's in Downtown or Buckhead, life above the roads will be massively expensive. The price tag for the park over GA-400 is a pricey $250 million. For The Stitch, it balloons to about $300 million. But 11Alive's Ryan Kruger spoke to people close to Atlanta's version who said the project could bring in three times more money than was generated in Dallas -- $3 billion in development.