The Stitch

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Location of the Stitch in Downtown Atlanta

The Stitch is a proposed engineering project that would see portions of the Downtown Connector in Atlanta, Georgia capped and covered with public greenspaces. The proposal, drafted by Jacobs Engineering Group in coordination with Central Atlanta Progress, was first proposed in August 2016 and would cover an area of approximately 14 acres (5.7 ha).

History

Part of the Downtown Connector, facing north from Downtown Atlanta

The proposal was first put forward by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) in August 2016 as a way to reclaim land area taken by the Downtown Connector, a section of Interstate 75 and Interstate 85 that runs through downtown and midtown Atlanta.[1] Similar discussions had been held at CAP as early as 2003 and have included similar proposals for the area near the Georgia State Capitol.[2] The study, prepared for CAP by Jacobs Engineering Group at a cost of $100,000, called for a 14-acre (5.7 ha) stretch of reclaimed land covering a 0.75-mile long (1.21 km) stretch of the Downtown Connector from Spring Street to Piedmont Avenue in downtown.[2][3] The study, which compared the project to the Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, said the project would cost approximately $300 million and stimulate approximately $1.1 billion in land development and increased property value.[1] Unlike Klyde Warren Park, The Stitch would involve the creation of multiple parks.[4] The reclaimed land would also allow for the reconnection of Atlanta's street grid, which was interrupted by the construction of the Connector.[5]

Between 2017 and 2018, CAP conducted a year-long viability study on the project that involved Jacobs and John Portman and Associates.[3][6] In March 2019, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) published a feasibility study on the project, while that same month the estimated cost for the project was stated at $452 million.[7][8] Advisors from the ULI estimated that the project could take four years of planning and pre-development and six years of construction.[8]

References

Bibliography

  • Green, Josh (February 27, 2018). "Where downtown Atlanta's highway-capping Stitch would go, in photos". Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Henry, Scott (August 16, 2016). "The Stitch: An ambitious proposal to build parks and housing above The Connector". Atlanta. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kahn, Michael (October 31, 2017). "Downtown's massive 'The Stitch' project rolls forward with year-long feasibility study". Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Keenan, Sean Richard (March 1, 2019). "Advisory panel says highway-capping 'Stitch' project could cost $452M". Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Slepin, Cali (March 14, 2019). ""The Stitch," Atlanta, Georgia – Advisory Service Panel". Urban Land Institute. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Trubey, J. Scott (August 17, 2016). "Could capping the Downtown Connector rejuvenate Downtown Atlanta?". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Trubey, J. Scott (August 18, 2016). "'Deck park' proposed over Downtown Connector". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Trubey, J. Scott (March 29, 2018). "Studies underway for downtown Atlanta deck park over the Connector". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved May 22, 2020.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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