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ommunity Improvement Districts (CIDs)
continue to be a popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia since
their inception in 1988. These public-private partnerships grew out of a business
improvement district model to address economic challenges by levying
an additional voluntary property
tax on commercial property owners to fund projects that
otherwise would have been delayed or neglected.
Over the years CIDs evolved into a successful mechanism for funding vital projects and services in community
sectors— including street and road construction, bridges,
landscaping, new parks, water and sewage systems, signage, and public transportation systems.
For this feature, James chose seven CIDs in the metro
Atlanta area to provide a snapshot of the progress which
would probably have been unattainable even a decade ago.
NORTH FULTON CID
“It’s an exciting time for the North Fulton CID,” said
Executive Director Brandon Beach and one of its founding
members. Beach (also a state senator) provides an update
on key projects:
Windward Phase II The North Fulton CID completed the second phase of its Windward Parkway capacity
improvements in November 2020. The $5.7 million project
was a partnership between the North Fulton CID, State
Road & Tollway Authority (GRTA), Georgia Department
of Transportation (GDOT), Fulton County, and Alpharetta.
Its second phase included adding a triple left turn to the
Windward Parkway at GA 400 interchange, adding a third
receiving lane on Windward Parkway going westbound
until Deerfield Parkway/Westside Parkway, and creating a
double left turn for those travelling south from Windward
Parkway to Westside Parkway.
NFCID Bus Shelter Program In 2019, the CID approved funding for a bus shelter program aligning with
Alpharetta’s new bus shelter standard. The funding includes a reimbursement program for CID members who
plan to upgrade a new or current bus shelter. In order
to kick off the program, the CID also funded three new
upgraded shelters to be added on Windward Parkway,
Haynes Bridge Road, and North Point Parkway.
Davis Drive Extension The North Fulton CID is currently working on the Davis Drive Extension project. This
project will extend the already existing Davis Drive from
where it currently ends off Mansell Road to Westside Parkway. The project is on schedule to break ground in late
Spring of 2021. The North Fulton CID received a $2 million
grant from the State Road & Tollway’s Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank program for the construction.
Fulton County’s Boulevard team had a positive year
despite COVID-19. “As the pandemic reshapes the global economy, many providers of high-demand goods and
services are relying on a key metro-Atlanta commerce
hub while adapting their business strategies to the new
reality of COVID,” said Gil Prado, Executive Director.
“Changes in consumer habits, logistics demand and production capabilities have heightened the importance of
the Fulton Industrial Boulevard District— an established
industrial corridor considered one of the largest in the
Eastern United States.”
According to Prado, the commercial corridor, with
more than 50 million square feet of industrial space,
employs more than 28,000 essential workers in the manufacturing, warehousing and logistics industries. He said
while COVID-19 caused many retail and office businesses
to temporarily close for quarantine, many Fulton Industrial
District businesses were experiencing record demand.
Truck traffic is one of the CID’s priorities. Currently,
consultants are in the early stages of completing a freight
cluster plan study supported in part by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Beyond the freight study, the CID has already invested
more than $8 million into revitalization while also securing
an additional $8 million in public funding for a comprehensive revitalization strategy focused on public safety
landscaping and beautification, transportation infrastructure improvement and economic development.
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