The future of the old Chattahoochee Brick Company site hangs in the balance...
Forty-five (45) acres of this vacant 75-acre industrial area at the confluence of Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River are owned by Lincoln Terminal Company, which plans to use the location as a pipeline terminal facility, dispensing various fuels via up to 100 tanker trucks per day. The remainder of the site is owned by General Shale Company (MAP). Planning and design are underway on Phase 1 of the Proctor Creek Greenway (in the headwaters to the east of this site) and construction began in summer 2017, but these parcels are still zoned for heavy industrial use.
Groundwork Atlanta is advocating for this site to be developed in a way that is community-oriented, both in its planning and its use. In addition to its tragic historical significance, this place is a critical link between the proposed Proctor Creek Greenway and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk projects, so it makes sense that at least the low-lying areas would become public space connecting these two amenities. Portions of the property further from the creek could be used for light industrial, commercial, and possibly residential development, depending on the needs and desires of local community stakeholders.
"The Chattahoochee Brick site is one of many sites across the South where humanity did not act humanely and honorably. We cannot undo the past. However, we can recognize and acknowledge what happened to the convict laborers, and with the community, in an inclusive and meaningful way, memorialize and honor those who lost their lives and were buried at the site." - Jill Arrington, Executive Director, Groundwork Atlanta
"The Chattahoochee Brick site is a critical component to both the Proctor Creek Greenway and the Riverwalk Atlanta projects, as it lies at the intersection of these two planned parks and potential sustainable development sites. Another pipeline and tanker truck terminal facility here would not only be unjust, but could potentially limit connectivity and community benefits that would go along with these projects, which are both several years into the planning and implementation phases." - Carly Queen, President, Groundwork Atlanta Board of Directors
In the news:
Debate Over Empty Lot Unearths Ugly Piece of Atlanta History - Molly Samuel, WABE 90.1, June 1, 2016
Forced Laborers Built Atlanta's Streets. How Should the City Remember Them? - Mimi Kirk, CityLab, March 31, 2017