Atlanta Beltline has selected Perkins+Will and James Corner Field Operations to lead the design process for the 22-mile Beltline Corridor.

The $2.8bn redevelopment project will involve building a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along the corridor, circling downtown and connecting many neighbourhoods directly to each other.

The BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and one of the largest urban redevelopment projects underway in the US, according to

Atlanta BeltLine president and CEO Brian Leary said the public space envisioned by the BeltLine, with a pedestrian-friendly rail transit, trails, green space and abutting development in one corridor, does not exist today in Atlanta or any other city in the US.

Four new parks, two permanent trail segments and nearly eight miles of temporary hiking trails are expected to open in 2010, in addition to the one mile of trail completed in the West End in October 2008.