North Oxford Targeted for Streetscape Makeover

The northern part of Oxford Road between Keba and Zoe’s is a step closer to becoming markedly safer, more pedestrian friendly, handicapped accessible, attractive, and consistent with the Emory Village Overlay design standards.

The Emory Village Alliance (EVA) has initiated and approved a proposed streetscape redesign, created by landscape architect Todd Hill, DTJ Design, who also designed the popular gathering place known as Emory Village Plaza.  The newest proposal will be submitted to DeKalb County for funding and development.

Running from 1385 Oxford to 1401 Oxford Road, the new streetscape will realign the sidewalk and parking, providing space for wide tree-and-landscape-lined sidewalks and parallel parking. Benches, bike rack and a streetlights will also be added. The look and feel will be similar to the rest of the Village which was redeveloped over the past 15 years, thanks to the efforts of EVA, DeKalb County, Emory University, the Atlanta Regional Commissioner, and scores of local individuals and families.  

The proposal targets a long-neglected strip that fronts Keba, Romeo’s Pizza and Chipotle, plus frontage to a former barber shop and a house recently purchased by Blanchard Real Estate. The area currently presents a significant hazard to pedestrians, who have had to walk around cars and onto the street to continue down Oxford, and to bicyclists .

EVA is a nonprofit community organization committed to the vitality of the historic commercial heart of Druid Hills in Emory Village.  Its volunteer shareholders include residents, businesses, property owners and representatives of Emory University.