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Feb. 26, 2024

Nelson Mullins Team Paves Way for Rail Trail Project in Atlanta

Construction is now underway on a long-awaited rail-to-trail conversion project in Atlanta’s Upper Westside community. Work began on the Woodall Rail Trail, the first segment of the Silver Comet Connector, earlier this month. The future trail will ultimately connect to the Silver Comet Trail, a popular paved, 100-mile path designed for pedestrians and cyclists which connects metro Atlanta to Anniston, Alabama. 

The groundbreaking marked a major milestone for the Nelson Mullins team who worked closely with the Upper Westside Community Improvement District (CID) for more than three years on the project. Partner Kate Lewis; associates Laura Lewin, Michael Scariano, Rob Secrist, and Clover Ding; and paralegal Maysen Rollins have dedicated more than 450 pro bono hours to the complex project. The scope of legal work included negotiating easements and other real estate agreements with various landowners in the community, navigating financial and environmental considerations, and addressing other legal issues to facilitate the trail’s development and construction.

Located in an area of Atlanta lacking sidewalks and greenspace, the future trail will provide the infrastructure needed for pedestrians and cyclists to safely use the path, which is blocked to motorized vehicles. The trail will run alongside iconic restaurants, new housing developments, and other popular amenities in the booming area.

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