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Project Background


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With responsibility for strategic planning and oversight for the operations of water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment services, and stormwater management, the Office of the Commissioner ensures that the City complies with all federal and state regulations regarding water resource management; identifies potential environmental issues and develops strategies to effectively respond; ensures the City is aware of proposed environmental standards, trends and technologies; and provides engineering reviews and design and construction management services on capital improvement projects.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Consent Decree requires that the City of Atlanta. (COA) improve its aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure to significantly reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) and improve water quality and management in the Custer Avenue Combined Sewer Basin, which includes the Peoplestown neighborhood.


The COA Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has planned multiple projects to be implemented in separate phases to improve the management of surface water and provide temporary underground storage of stormwater. This project is one of a series of underground storage vaults designed to temporarily store and release high stormwater flows during major storm events.

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Conceptual Below Ground View


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Conceptual Open Space View
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Existing Greenspaces in the Area

In addition to solving a long-standing stormwater management problem, the Custer Avenue Capacity Relief Multi-Benefit Project aims to:


Improve and repurpose this land by creating a public greenspace for neighborhood enjoyment


Over the next few months, our team will host multiple public engagement events to collect and incorporate feedback in the design


The end product will include a new 5-acre public park for multigenerational use and recreation


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Design-Build Lead


Design Lead

Design JV

Greenspace Design

Public Engagement

  • Will the project allow for the trees to remain in and around the area?
    The DWM and the design team will make every effort to save as many trees within the existing project boundaries as possible. However, due to the engineering and construction of the underground storage vault existing trees may be impacted and require removal. The City of Atlanta’s Tree Ordinance will be followed to determine the requirements relating to trees.
  • How can I stay engaged in the project?
    There will be multiple public meetings throughout the project to provide the community with updates and receive feedback on the design of the greenspace amenity. We will be providing stakeholders and neighborhood residents with regular updates. There is also a website with project updates, info, and contact.
  • What is the timeline for construction?
    Construction is anticipated to begin in the 4th quarter of 2024 and the completion of the storage vault and greenspace near the end of 2026. After construction, the occurrence of sewer overflows and localized flooding will be significantly reduced for the surrounding properties and the Custer Avenue Water Basin.
  • How is the project being funded?
    The project is being funded utilizing both water and sewer revenues, as well as with additional funding support through the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
  • What are the impacts of the construction of the storage vault and greenspace on the neighborhood and surrounding residents?
    During construction, disruptions to utilities are to be expected to be minimal although short-term outages of gas, water, and electricity may be required as new storm infrastructure is installed in streets.
  • Where can we find out more information about this project?
    To learn more information about the Custer Avenue Capacity Relief Multi-Benefit Project, visit our website at
  • What’s the purpose of the Custer Avenue Capacity Relief Multi-Benefit Project?
    The City’s federally mandated Consent Decree requires that the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) complete the necessary upgrades to its combined and separate sewer systems to reduce sewer overflows and enhance water quality in the Custer Avenue Combined Sewer Basin, including the Peoplestown neighborhood. DWM has planned multiple projects to address sewer system capacity and minimize localized flooding, and this is one of several proposed projects to address conditions observed within the Peoplestown Community and the surrounding area.
  • What will be the design of the greenspace and what amenities will be featured?
    The greenspace will provide the neighborhood and surrounding residents with a new amenity that will serve as a gathering place for recreation and enjoyment. The amenities for the project will be determined based on community input on preferences, priorities, and considerations of what the site can support from a design, engineering, and operations/maintenance standpoint. It will follow the same policies and guidelines for City of Atlanta Parks and will have set open/close times to reduce disruption and noise for surrounding properties and will have enforced rules of conduct for visitors to respect the shared public space.
  • How do I add a new question & answer?
    To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Manage FAQs from your site dashboard or in the Editor 2. Add a new question & answer 3. Assign your FAQ to a category 4. Save and publish. You can always come back and edit your FAQs.
  • How do I edit or remove the 'Frequently Asked Questions' title?
    You can edit the title from the FAQ 'Settings' tab in the Editor. To remove the title from your mobile app go to the 'Site & App' tab in your Owner's app and customize.
  • Can I insert an image, video, or GIF in my FAQ?
    Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Manage FAQs from your site dashboard or in the Editor 2. Create a new FAQ or edit an existing one 3. From the answer text box click on the video, image or GIF icon 4. Add media from your library and save.


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Greenspace Overview
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