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The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
(PCIDs) is home to the largest retail mall in the state, dozens of dining locations, premier retailers and multi- and
single-family housing options— and has four rapid-transit
MARTA stations in its Fulton-Dekalb area. Ann Hanlon,
its tireless executive director, provides a list of some priority accomplishments and goals:
GA 400/I-285 Coodination with the State The PCIDs identified approximately 10 locations as priorities from
traffic studies conducted in 2019 to improve traffic flow
primarily to the Interstate Interchanges on GA 400 and
I-285. Funding for design was approved in early 2020 and
design was performed throughout the year.
Ashford Dunwoody Trail The proposed trail phases
will construct bike/pedestrian facilities from Hammond
to Mount Vernon Road. The projects are jointly funded
by Dunwoody and the PCIDs. Phase 1 from Hammond
to Perimeter Center West has completed design and is
scheduled to begin construction in Quarter 2, 2021. Phase
2 is in the preliminary design phase and will begin right of
way acquisition in Quarter 1 2021.
Ashford Dunwoody Trail & Corridor in Brookhaven
This project will construct roadway alignment improvements, install landscaped medians, streetscapes and a trail
on the east side of Ashford Dunwoody road from I-285 to
Montgomery Elementary School. It is funded by Brookhaven and the PCIDs. Design began in 2020 with right of way
acquisition in late 2021, and construction in late 2022.
Perimeter Market Transit Plan The PCIDs initiated
the Transit Plan in 2020 and is expected to conclude in
Quarter 3 2021. The study will coordinate with all transit
providers such as MARTA, GRTA, private shuttle providers as well as coordinate with GDOT and the Cities of
Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.
Mt. Vernon Trail in Sandy Springs The project will
construct a multi-use trail on the south side of Mount Vernon Road from Barfield easterly to Abernathy. The portion
will be part of a larger trail project from Barfield westerly
to Hwy 9 and will be jointly funded by Sandy Springs and
the PCIDs. Approximate start of construction is in 2022.
Dunwoody MARTA Station This is a joint Perimeter
Connects/PCIDs project in coordination with MARTA to
add enhancements inside of the station to provide riders
with an improved walking experience from the station
platform to various destinations.
“I am proud that when a state of emergency hit, the
Central Perimeter market was able to adapt quickly,”
Hanlon says. “For years the PCIDs invested in teleworking
programs for our members. That groundwork enabled our
big businesses in Perimeter to pivot quickly during the
COVID shutdown. Additionally, the larger infrastructure
projects in our market have continued to move forward.
When employees re-enter the market in 2021, they will
come back to improved intersections, new landscaping,
and several large road improvements that will make for a
better overall experience.”
Executive Director Gerald McDowell gets right to the
point: “The Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs is greatly committed
to creating an economically strong, safe, attractive and
vibrant community surrounding the world’s most-traveled passenger airport. We are a catalyst for infrastructure
enhancements through new investments, project planning,
resource management, and partnership development.”
Indeed, one of its biggest projects in 2020 is the completion of the seventh Diverging Diamond Interchange
in Georgia. This was a $13 million project designed to
service Camp Creek Parkway at the intersection with
I-285. It certainly has been additional help to relieve some
Atlanta traffic congestion.
TOWN CENTER CID
Executive Director Tracy Rathbone Styfe and her team
have been busy with various Cobb County projects in
2020. Some important ones are:
Final funding for the South Barrett Reliever as well as
a Chastain Road corridor study with the Duncan Road
Corridor Improvement Alliance, a non-profit partner of
the Town Center CID.
Launch of a bikeshare program and connected to
Cumberland CID’s program.
I am proud that when
a state of emergency hit,
the Central Perimeter
market was able to adapt
quickly. — A N N H A N L O N
“Completion of funding for South Barrett is historic
for our district,” she continues, “and we are immensely
grateful to the Georgia Department of Transportation for
its fervent support.”
The past year was a big one for the Tucker-Northlake
CID in DeKalb County, according to Executive Director
Matthew Lee. One of the major projects was the completion of the Downtown Tucker Grid Plan, which will guide
the restoration and expansion of the street and alley grid
that was created in the 1890s.
“Planners see the potential of downtown Tucker
almost instantly,” said Lee. “It doesn’t take any convincing. The bones are here. It’s just a matter of fleshing them out. Were also excited about the green space
included in the plan. In Tucker we love Main Street, and
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And it has set top priorities, including:
Acquiring right-of-way for South Barrett Reliever Phase
3 to proceed with the advertisement of the project for
construction in the fall of 2021.
Securing funding for the Noonday Creek Trail Bridge
Over U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway.
Alliance, non-profit partner of the Town Center CID:
Continued progress on Aviation Park Phase 2
• Pursuing trail activation opportunities
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“In addition to these shorter-term projects, we annually commit nearly $1 million of our budget to maintenance
and upkeep throughout the district,” Rathbone Styfe says.
“It is important to create an attractive destination for the
region to enjoy and developments to thrive. That’s why
we invest in landscape maintenance, traffic light improvements and much more.”
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