West Highlands continues to grow, and we are excited to have welcomed many new residents into our community over the fall and winter of 2013. As we move from spring into summer, we anticipate the completion of the single family housing in phase 3B north of the West Highlands community, in the area situated between Johnson Road and Habershal Drive. Infrastructure for the next construction phase has also begun for the area adjacent to Perry Blvd. and running north of Sandford Drive. The infrastructure build-out process includes the laying of water and gas lines, digging the joint trenches to bury power, cable TV and phone lines, as well as road and curbing construction. Once this is complete, plans will be submitted plans to the city to record the plats so that home construction can begin. The Perry Blvd. infrastructure work is expected to continue until November 2014 and will house 140 new single-family homes.
To the west of Drew Drive and the Hemen E. Perry Park will be the future site to an anticipated 400+ units consisting of a mix of single family, townhomes and live-work dwellings. Also planned for the west side of the park are the sites for the community amenities and approximately 15 acres green space. The land under the Georgia Power lines is planned to include a dog park, ballparks, and a community garden. A smaller park has also been planned for the corner of Argule Lane and Drew Drive. A plan has been developed for the Argule parklet, though based on available funding the plan is subject to change. Brock Built has agreed to partially fund the construction of this park, and the HOA will be investigating options for the remaining funding.
The amenities package, including clubhouse and pools, is in the beginning stages of the architectural design process. The architect has been engaged and a design schedule is pending. The clubhouse and pools will be designed in two phases. Phase one will include detailed plans for the clubhouse and initial pool as well as an overall conceptual plan for the entire amenities package. Phase two of the design will be undertaken once phase one construction is complete and will include a second pool and clubhouse expansion. Once design is complete for phase one, funding for construction will begin. The funding has not been determined at this time, but will require a combined effort by both Brock Built and the HOA members.
The Atlanta Housing Authority recently approved a budget for an update to the West Highlands master plan that will provide a more complete picture of anticipated development in, and directly around our community. Once the master plan is updated, it will also identify final development locations for such things as the amenities and West Atlanta Charter School’s permanent structure. At present, the school occupies a portion of the mixed use building at the corner of Drew and Sandford and starting in the fall 2014, the school will also be using temporary classroom trailers as well. The preliminary design drawings have been submitted for review, and the final design of the trailers will be complete in time for their installation this summer. A three-year lease has been signed by the charter school allowing them temporary use of the land will eventually be developed as the amenities area. There is an option for a one-year lease extension to allow WACS/APS time to build the permanent school, and the land transfer from AHA is currently pending.
Lastly, there is news of the successful start to the Emerald Corridor project along Proctor Creek. The Emerald Corridor is a public/private initiative that has been established to clean up the pollution in Proctor Creek and its’ tributaries for the creation of an urban greenway along the waters’ banks. The City of Atlanta has, along with both State and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies, agreed to work with the Trust for Public Land in one of the first urban waterway conservation programs of this kind. As part of the development, the contamination in and around the waterways will be resolved through gross waste removal and the creation of wetlands, with a result of returning the water flow rates to their natural state.