Developer pays for half of west side traffic signal

Atlanta-based The Residential Group has contributed 50 percent of the cost of traffic signal infrastructure planned for the intersection of Long Boulevard and 31st Avenue North in West End Park.

The intersection — with Long to the west of 31st and Burch Avenue to the east — is anchored on its southwest corner by The Residential Group’s 244-unit West End Village apartment development. (The intersection is seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps.)

Kurt Alexander, the company’s principal, said the traffic light (which the Metro Public Works Department will soon install) will be helpful on two levels.

“Any time vehicular and pedestrian flow and safety can be improved, that improvement can spur development,” said Alexander, adding that the recent opening of the 28th/31st Avenues Connector provides an additional reason for the traffic signal’s need.

During the past 10 years or so, the area bordered by 29th on the east, Parthenon Avenue on the north, Acklen Park Drive on the west and West End Avenue on the south. Local developers have said they expect additional development to take place within those fast-changing borders
For example, Stonehenge Real Estate Group plans to develop at Burch and 29th avenues Opus 29, a 139-unit apartment building.