MARTA’s station area gets rezoned for development

DeKalb County commissioners recently approved rezoning of a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail station in Stone Mountain to advance a transit-oriented development (TOD) master plan that includes building apartments, a grocery store and office spaces.

MARTA officials announced on May 30 that 64 acres encompassing the Indian Creek rail station, located on MARTA’s East/West line, was rezoned to MU-4, or mixed-use high density, allowing TOD plans to move forward as outlined in the 2050 DeKalb Comprehensive Plan, stated officials.

“This project will significantly enhance community connectivity and access to essential services,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. “The TOD at Indian Creek is a key milestone in our efforts to create a more vibrant and inclusive community.”

According to officials, the TOD master plan aims to increase housing density in the area with a focus on affordable housing, walkable areas that support multimodal transportation, and parks and greenspaces to boost ridership and attract federal funding. The plan includes four acres of parks and greenspace as well as:

• 1,600 apartments
• 20,000-square-foot grocery store
• 20,000-square-foot community center
• 2,500 square feet of food and beverage space
• 300,000 square feet of office space
• 45,000-square-foot bus transfer facility

Officials said each community engagement meeting during the planning phases of the TOD was “robust” with multiple neighborhood organizations, nearby business owners and stakeholders providing ideas and feedback.

“The focus has been on economic development, affordable housing, job creation, and greenspace conservation,” said officials. “Organizations from Pendley Hills to the Rowland Allgood and Durham Homeoners Association (HOA) to groups with members from Lithonia to Avondale Estates, have expressed strong support through several organized workshops.”

New developments at the transit station kicked off in 2021 when MARTA began a multi-year $300 million rail station rehabilitation program, with its first project being Indian Creek rail station.

Upgrades to the station include a new lighted walkway from the parking lot into the station, replacement of signs and damaged concrete, new public restrooms, new landscaping, and a new barrel-style wooden interior roof.

Further development around the station is the next step in making the area a destination spot, said MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood.

“We are grateful for the support of the DeKalb County Commission and this vital rezoning designation,” said Greenwood. “This is a crucial step towards transforming Indian Creek Station into a vibrant community hub, and we look forward to working with our partners to bring this vision to life.”

Indian Creek rail station is the last stop on MARTA’s Blue Line. According to officials, approximately 10,000 riders use the station each week.

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