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9/5/2014



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MARTA seeks RFQs for transit-oriented development


The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), with support from the city of Brookhaven, Ga., has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to convert the surface parking lots at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station into a transit-oriented development. The RFQ is due Sept. 18.

The mixed-use development and structured parking facilities will be implemented by a private developer that MARTA will select through the solicitation process, agency officials said in a press release. The city will provide technical assistance and advice during the process.

MARTA is seeking solicitations from qualified firms capable of developing the property consistent with the agency's goals and the TOD guidelines. Only firms that have been pre-qualified will be invited to participate in a request for proposals, which will include a detailed development plan and a financial model that illustrates the potential economic return to MARTA, agency officials said.

The TOD guidelines and policies reflect three strategic goals:
• to generate greater transit ridership by clustering mixed-use development around stations and along corridors;
• to promote a sustainable, affordable and growing future for the people of metro Atlanta; and
• to generate a return on MARTA’s transit investment.

The project is an example of the agency's goal to launch five transit-oriented developments in two years, said MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Keith Parker. It also will serve as a gateway into Brookhaven.



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