MARTA’s King Memorial Station has not served as the center of residential development transit advocates have anticipated. Photo by Kelly Jordan.

To encourage construction of apartment buildings near some MARTA rail stations, Atlanta is considering a proposal to allow apartments and condos to be built on more than 1,800 parcels of land now reserved for houses, duplexes and small multifamily structures.

One example, chosen at random from the list included with the legislation (21-O-0455), is located in Inman Park. The house is within walking distance of the Inman Park/Reynoldstown station. Under the proposal, the land use designation for the parcel would be shifted to one that allows for structures that generally are up to four stories high to be built with apartments, condos and lofts. These dwellings would help raise the number of dwellings in the city, which is the purpose of the program.

This parcel, at 1021 Euclid Ave., includes a lot of 7,304 square feet, which is 0.17 acres. The house was built in 1920, was effectively rebuilt in 2015, and has 3,513 square feet of living area. The property sold in 2018 for $1.25 million, according to Fulton County tax records.

Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi introduced the proposal to promote residential density near MARTA stations on July 6. The measure would not rezone property, a step that is required to enable construction of an apartment building on land now zoned for a house.

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