building tomorrow on the westside trail
Rendering Courtesy of Square Feet Studio
Since 2010, a warehouse basement at 982 Murphy Avenue has served as the home of Bearings Bike Shop. Bearings Bike Shop is a youth development organization where kids in Atlanta can earn and maintain a bike of their own while developing the skills essential to success in adulthood. In this safe, positive environment, kids discover their strengths, develop the skills that can carry them into adulthood, and begin to invest in their communities.
When the opportunity came about to buy and subsequently renovate this property, Bearings leadership moved on the opportunity, believing that the important work happening at Bearings warranted additional space to impact more youth in southwest Atlanta. This expansion would create a new, dynamic destination for youth empowerment on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail unlike anything in the city of Atlanta.
In February 2018, Bearings Bike Shop embarked on the exciting journey of the Building Tomorrow Capital Campaign, a $2.25 million campaign to make that vision come to life. In the spring of 2019, Bearings achieved that goal, successfully raising $2,354,450.
The 982 Murphy Avenue location is ideal for Bearings to continue to invest in the Adair Park community, serve other Westside neighborhoods, and support all existing and future bike shop programming. In this first phase in a 2-part project, capital campaign dollars will fund the property acquisition and renovate the double quonset hut on the property, moving Bearings from the basement to a new, light-filled 5,000-square-foot program space with 20+ bike stands, as well as classroom space for in-depth teaching and training opportunities.
In addition, exterior spaces will be upgraded around the new bike shop, with an emphasis on making the property clean and safe. A small parking lot, grass, trees, and other landscaping elements will be installed, giving kids and visitors a great place to ride bikes, run, and play. While securing capital funds for the purchase and renovation of 982 Murphy Avenue, Building Tomorrow also supports Bearings with capacity-building dollars to aid organizational growth during this season of growth.
As redevelopment occurs on Atlanta’s Westside, community leaders have a deep desire to retain and enhance existing assets in individual neighborhoods. In Adair Park, Bearings Bike Shop hopes to play a vital role, serving as a strong community anchor and a shining beacon of hope.
Bearings worked with Square Feet Studio and Silverman Construction Program Management to develop the conceptual design of its new home. Now, working under the leadership of NELSON Wakefield Beasley & Associates, Bearings Bike Shop has developed a dynamic vision to repurpose the existing buildings at 982 Murphy Avenue to accommodate the organization’s long-term growth. The new layout for the property will preserve the historical look and feel of the buildings, maintain the local character, improve the functionality of the site, and maximize the impact of Bearings Bike Shop.
In Phase 2, Bearings will convert the other main building on the site, next to the double Quonset hut, into a public-facing retail bike shop, the ideal space for hands-on job training opportunities for teens and young adult program participants. It will also contain the new Bearings Support Center, which will feature space dedicated to the organization’s operations, a bike intake center, gathering spaces for kids and adults, and workstations for computer access and homework support. The entire property is focused on strengthening Bearings Bike Shop’s ability to help young people develop the skills that propel them successfully into adulthood. Fundraising for Phase 2 will begin in 2020 after a successful completion of Phase 1 construction.
With design currently underway, Bearings looks forward to a grand opening of this new facility in the summer of 2020.
We are grateful for the support of an incredible group of Friends of Bearings Bike Shop who believe in the importance of skills development in Atlanta’s youth and have made Building Tomorrow possible:
Alan and Dena Martin
Becky and Mark Riley
Ben and Jessica Teague
Bruce and Rhonda Deel
Cedric and Stacye Brim
Dan and Debby Heller
Dave Stockert and Cammie Ives
David and Loni Metter
Evan and Susan Longstreth
Howard and Ann Lukens
Jaynie and Alex Dominguez
Jeff and Hope Laman
John and Rachael Sherwood
Jon and Vanessa Evans
Tim and Becky O’Mara
Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
James M. Cox Foundation
A Friend of Bearings Bike Shop
John H. and Wilhemina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
Passion City Church
Petters Family Foundation
The Imlay Foundation
The Jinks Family Private Foundation
The John and Mary Franklin Foundation
The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
The Waterfall Foundation
Tull Charitable Foundation, Inc.
NELSON Wakefield Beasley & Associates