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Today, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI) closed on the purchase of a major piece of property along the Westside corridor.
The three-quarter-mile property is an unused railway corridor running from Joseph E. Boone Boulevard to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, according to ABI materials. Acquired from Antioch Baptist Church North, the property connects Northside Drive and 1.8-mile segment of Beltine corridor purchased last summer known informally as the “Kudzo Line.”
“The Atlanta BeltLine and its partners are paving the way for a more unified and accessible Atlanta,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. “This purchase advances the goal of connecting everyone in the city with growth and opportunity.”
The $5.1 million purchase was made possible by T-SPLOST funding, according to ABI materials. The Conservation Fund also helped facilitate the acquisition.
This latest trail will connect the Beltline corridor and PATH Foundation trails leading into Downtown Atlanta providing access to emerging job centers and other development activities on the west side including Maddox Park, Bankhead and the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, ABI materials indicate.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the PATH Foundation and west side communities to expand on our purchase of the Kudzu Line and advance connectivity between Downtown, the Westside Trail and the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry,” Clyde Higgs, ABI’s President and CEO, said in a statement.