Report: CSX closes Hulsey Yard as speculation swirls about the property’s future

Hulsey Yard in busier times.

Railroad giant CSX has closed Hulsey Yard, the 70-acre freight terminal that sits along a swath of property bordering DeKalb Avenue and adjacent to the Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, Inman Park and Reynoldstown.

According to a report in the AJC, CSX is shifting its freight terminal operations to its facility near Fairburn. As Hulsey Yard has been nearly emptied, speculation continues on whether CSX will sell the property and what it will mean for the Atlanta BeltLine and the neighborhoods.

Hulsey Yard has been a literal roadblock for the BeltLine since its conception. While routing foot and bike traffic through the Krog Street Tunnel has proved to be a workable solution, the longterm plan to put streetcars alongside the BeltLine trail calls for a permanent way to cross Hulsey Yard.

Neighborhood organizations and stakeholders have launched a fundraiser to pay Lord Aeck Sargent to create a master plan for the site should CSX choose to sell. A pop-up studio will run from May 8 to 11 at the Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. Hours for the pop-up studio, where residents can meet with Lord Aeck Sargent planners, will be open Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Find out more at hulseymasterplan.com.

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