The City of Chamblee is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census. Multiple annexations since that time have increased the population of the City to approximately 33,000 people and just under eight (8) square miles.
In 2004, the City of Chamblee commissioned a Bike and Pedestrian Plan that was prepared by Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan. It showed an extensive map of bike and pedestrian projects through downtown Chamblee. The spine of this system was envisioned to be built on abandoned rail spurs curving through the city where the Norfolk Southern Railroad merged with the long defunct narrow-gauge Roswell Railroad, which carried passengers, workers, and goods between Chamblee and Roswell.
In 2008, the City used its own funds and partnered with PATH to build the Chamblee Rail-Trail – a multi-use paved trail that starts near Walmart at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Chamblee-Tucker Road. It follows the right of way of the abandoned Roswell Railroad parallel to Clairmont Road, then passes beneath Peachtree Boulevard and emerges into Keswick Park.
In 2012, the City of Chamblee commissioned an update of the original LCI Project that was prepared by Kimley-Horn & Associates. The LCI plan included a short-term project to extend the Chamblee Rail-Trail west across Chamblee-Tucker Road through MARTA-owned property along portions of the abandoned railroad bed as far as Chamblee-Dunwoody Way. In 2016, The City completed the Rail Trail Extension Conceptual Design Study with Heath and Linebeck Engineers, followed by the Peachtree Road Streetscape and Rail Trail Concept Plan in 2017 that established design criteria and more refined conceptual alignments from the concepts in the 2016 Plan. The construction drawings are under design right now, with groundbreaking anticipated later this year. The purpose of the current LCl implementation study is to begin the concept and alignment of Phase 3 from Town Center to the eastern city limits and across the railroad tracks and along a portion of New Peachtree Road.
Meanwhile, redevelopment is occurring on tracts of land adjacent to the current and planned trail alignment, including Trackside, redevelopment of MARTA Parking Lot #1; Mercy Park, a 45,000 sf clinic and 79 affordable senior housing units; the Olmstead, a mixed use development along Chamblee-Tucker Road that includes 280 apartment units; Parkview on Peachtree, a mixed use development planned to have approximately 600 apartment units that is located adjacent to Peachtree Boulevard and straddles the existing Rail Trail on both sides as it approaches Keswick Park; and SLX Atlanta and Attiva Malone, a combined 500 units with accessory retail, 200 of which will be age-restricted. The Peachtree Station development on Peachtree Road a few blocks east of the rail trail provides an outdoor festival/market venue and 100,000 sq. ft. of-retail space, including Whole Foods. They have constructed trail connections along their frontage on both Peachtree Road and Peachtree Boulevard. It is anticipated that several more major redevelopment projects will be conceived within the span of the Chamblee Rail Trail. Perhaps this will become a network of trails linking urban redevelopment projects like the Atlanta Beltline.
Refer to the City’s website for more information and access to RFP addenda.