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Andrew Smith
Atlanta Regional Commission
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Developments of Excellence

UPDATE: Deadline for 2014 Developments of Excellence Award Nominations Extended to Friday, August 22

Through its annual Developments of Excellence (DOE) Awards, ARC honors trend-setting private and public development projects that advance the goals and policies of ARC’s Regional Development Plan, PLAN 2040. Past winners have been honored for creating developments that exemplify sustainability and exceptional design while leading in urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation, and sustainability.

In addition, ARC is accepting nominations for "Great Places.” This category allows nominations for places, streets, communities, neighborhoods, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for future growth; the possibilities are open.

Finally, nominations are also open for the LCI Achievement Award, which honors a community that has excelled in the implementation of its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan.

ARC wants to hear from you. What is your idea of a Development of Excellence, Great Place or exceptional LCI community that helps make the Atlanta region special? Nominate a deserving project or place by the close of business on Friday, August 22, and mark your calendar for ARC's annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, November 7 to learn the winners.

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Please e-mail questions or completed nomination packets to Andrew Smith at, or mail to his attention at 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

2013 Developments of Excellence Award Winners

In 2013, ARC recognized three of the region’s most innovative developments and one Great Place. The winners, announced at ARC’s annual State of the Region breakfast on November 1, were:

Development of Excellence Award
Oliver House at Allen Wilson
Located in downtown Decatur, the Allen Wilson Terrace was originally built in 1941 as public housing. Phase I of the complete redevelopment of this project by the Decatur Housing Authority opened in 2011, consisting of two row-house style apartment buildings. Phase II is Oliver House, an affordable housing complex for seniors. This four-story, 82,000 square foot public-private partnership contains 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments that address the community’s concern for its aging population. Oliver House is certified under the Earthcraft Multifamily program and features solar power generation, geothermal heating and air, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and toilets, high-efficiency fixtures and appliances and paints and carpets with low amounts of volatile organic compounds.

Great Place
Piedmont Park

Having served metro Atlantans for well over 100 years, Midtown’s Piedmont Park is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the region. The 211-acre park fell into disrepair from overuse in the 1970s. Since then, it has received more than $66 million of investment, expanding its amenities to support a myriad of uses throughout the year, including regional events and entertainment. Most recently, six new pedestrian entrances were added, along with a xeriscaped fountain, aquatic center, four new public restrooms, bocce courts and accessible trails throughout. Other improvements include the restoration of creeks that traverse the park, a renovated dog park, a new welcome plaza and the conversion of a deteriorating bathhouse into the Greystone event facility.

Livable Centers Initiative Achievement Award
Woodstock West
Woodstock West, by Walton Communities, is the latest facet of the City of Woodstock’s plan to re-imagine its downtown, which began in 2002 when the city applied for its first Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant. The 308-unit development features abundant greenspace, bike trails, covered parking, an outdoor grilling kitchen, a dog park and pool and fitness center. Two of Woodstock West’s buildings will eventually host retail on the first floor. The development’s proximity to downtown Woodstock not only provides its roughly 700 residents with access to shopping, services and restaurants, but it also helps the city continue to strengthen its position as a retail and restaurant destination for the region. Additional connection to the Greenprints trail system offers residents great access to other parts of Woodstock, a way to safely cross I-575 and connections to the larger regional trail network.

Exceptional Merit for Transformational Redevelopment
BeltLine Eastside Trail
For almost 100 years, railroad tracks separated the oldest vibrant in-town Atlanta neighborhoods. Today, residents of those neighborhoods converge along the converted rail bed at the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. It is a two-mile long, 14-foot wide concrete path that supports walking, jogging, bicycling, skateboarding and other outdoor activities. The Eastside Trail provides a safe environment to enjoy the natural beauty of the linear arboretum planted by Trees Atlanta or some of the public art on display. Residents and visitors alike take advantage of their new connections to adjacent neighborhoods, as well as to Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park Trail. The Eastside Trail also symbolizes the revitalization of the area. To date, there has been more than $700 million in private real estate investment within a half-mile of the trail.

Additional Resources

View the Developments of Excellence Awards Program Brochure (PDF).

In July of 1998, the Atlanta Regional Commission voted to establish an annual recognition program for “Developments of Excellence.” The award is given to developments in the 10-county metro region that raise the bar for sustainable growth and fostering community.

View the 10-Year DOE Program Overview (PDF).

Also, be sure to view the DOE 10th Anniversary TV Show.

Past Winners

2012 Development of Excellence
Historic Fourth Ward Park, Presented to the City of Atlanta Departments of Watershed Management and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership; the Trust for Public Land; and the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy

2011 Development of Excellence
Perkins+Will Atlanta Headquarters, Presented to Perkins+Will 

2010 Development of Excellence Award
White Provision, Presented to White Provision Development Company 

2009 Development of Excellence Award
Suwanee Town Center, Presented to the City of Suwanee, Main Street Corners LLC, Madison Retail, and Bowen Family Homes

2008 Development of Excellence Award
Oakland Park, Presented to Urban Realty Partners

2007 Development of Excellence Award
West Village, Presented to the Pacific Group, Inc., Branch Properties of Atlanta, and the Highlands Companies of Alpharetta

2006 Development of Excellence Award
Woodstock Downtown, Presented to Hedgewood Properties and the City of Woodstock

2005 Development of Excellence Award
Glenwood Park, Presented to Green Street Properties

2004 Development of Excellence Award
Metropolis, Presented to the Novare Group and Wood Partners, Inc.

2003 Development of Excellence Award
Technology Square and Centeregy, Presented to Gateway Development Services, Kim King Associates, Inc., the University Financing Foundation, and the Georgia Institute of Technology

2002 Development of Excellence Award
Milton Park, Presented to Pope & Land Enterprises and AMLI Residential

2001 Development of Excellence Award
Old Suwanee, Presented to Richport Properties and the City of Suwanee

2000 Development of Excellence Award

  • Lindbergh City Center, Presented to Carter & Associates
  • Monarch Village, Presented to Pathway Communities

1999 Development of Excellence Award

  • Post Riverside, Presented to Post Properties, Inc.
  • Ridenour, Presented to Macauley Properties

For additional information on the Developments of Excellence Awards, contact Andrew Smith at

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