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NorthEast Atlanta Beltline Group records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1249

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records documenting land acquisition and sale to create the northeastern portion of the Atlanta BeltLine. Included in the collection are property sale and lease agreements, clippings and articles about the planning and development of the Atlanta BeltLine, correspondence, environmental reports, transportation studies, site plans, land surveys, and maps.


  • 1936-2009, undated, bulk dates 2004-2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

NorthEast Atlanta Beltline Group is a trade name joint venture entity for properties owned by Wayne and Keith Mason, real estate investors and developers in the Atlanta area. The properties lie within the five mile northeast corridor of what would become the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta BeltLine is an interconnected series of trails, walkways, and parks that replaced miles of unused railroad tracks in Atlanta. The Masons purchased 66 acres from Norfolk Southern Corporation in December 2004, with a plan to rezone 23 acres of the land to permit the development of mixed-use retail and mixed income housing projects. The remaining 43 acres were to be donated to the City of Atlanta for public use. Those plans were rejected by the city, and the Masons withdrew their application in fall 2006. In 2007, the Masons sold their property.


5.42 linear ft. (13 document cases and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital versions of some materials are available for this collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2019

Related Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Bias in Description

As archivists, we acknowledge our role as stewards of information. We choose how individuals and organizations are represented and described in our archives. We are not neutral, and bias is reflected in our descriptions, which may not accurately convey the racist or offensive aspects of collection materials. Archivists make mistakes and might use poor judgment. In working with this collection, we often re-use language used by the former owners of the material. This language provides context but often includes bias and prejudices reflective of the time in which it was created. The Kenan Research Center’s work is ongoing to implement reparative language where Library of Congress subject terms are inaccurate and obsolete.

Kenan Research Center welcomes feedback and questions regarding our archival descriptions. If you encounter harmful, offensive, or insensitive terminology or descriptions, please let us know by emailing Your comments are essential to our work to create inclusive and thoughtful description.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

NorthEast Atlanta Beltline Group records
Ginny Van Winkle
April 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305