Urban Land Institute Creates Feasibility Study for Prison Farm

The Urban Land Institute, or ULI, is a nonprofit research and education organization. Its stated mission is "to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide”. In September 2015 East Atlanta Community Association VP Dorian DeBarr presented an idea to the ULI to embark on a study (free of charge) surrounding the Old Prison Farm. We were then selected as one of the winners for their Atlanta “mini-Technical Assistance Program” (mTAP). 

This January I met with members of the mTAP team to brief them on our mission. They were excited to see the property, so I took them on a tour. Over  the next 4 months, the team conducted interviews with many city and county officials, researched past projects and local demographics as well as related projects around the city of Atlanta and beyond (including a Prison Farm park that was created in Kansas City)!

The end result was our Feasibility Analysis and Strategy booklet, which we can use to move our project forward. The mTAP team has also provided a list of contacts to meet with, and will provide introductions as we are ready.

Click on the link above to read our online copy of the booklet. There are many interesting facts and points of interest that you may not be aware of- read on and let us know what you think!