ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Awards $34 Million to 13 Communities

Through its award-winning Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is awarding 13 local governments a total of $34 million to build innovative transportation projects. These communities will use the grants to make their LCI study areas more walkable, livable and, in some cases, more supportive of transit.

Each of these projects includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements that make the local roads, “complete streets.” Several implement technologies and features never seen in the Atlanta region.

The recipients have been awarded grants in the past that helped them create plans to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices; enhancing streetscapes and pedestrian amenities; and improving access to transit options.  The LCI transportation funds were awarded to communities that have taken strides to follow through with those plans.

The 13 communities chosen, out of 48 that applied are:

  • City of Atlanta (Buckhead Community), Peachtree Corridor, $1.5 million
  • City of Conyers, Hardin/O’Kelly Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.6 million
  • City of Decatur, Clairemont-Commerce-Church Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $2.1 million
  • City of Doraville, New Peachtree Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $2.3 million
  • City of East Point, Downtown-MARTA Connectivity Project, $3.9 million
  • City of Fairburn, West Broad Street Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.1 million
  • City of McDonough, Town Square Connectivity and Pedestrian Safety, $1.3 million
  • City of Atlanta (Midtown District), Juniper Street Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.4 million
  • City of Monroe, North Broad Street Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $1.6 million
  • DeKalb County, Lake Hearn Drive, Perimeter Summit Parkway, Parkside Place Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.1 million
  • City of Atlanta, Ponce de Leon Avenue Pedestrian Facilities and Beltline Connections, $4 million
  • City of Suwanee, Buford Highway Bike and Pedestrian Facilities and intersection improvements, $3.3 million
  • DeKalb County, Tucker Streetscape, $960,000

The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. Once communities have completed their plans, they are eligible for this larger pot of federal funding to build the transportation projects required to see their plans realized. Each community must also pay matching funds to help cover project costs.

“LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region’s most innovative and livable communities.”

Since the first LCI grants were awarded in 2000, more than 84,000 residential units, 21 million square feet of commercial space and 45 million square feet of office space are either planned, under construction or completed in these areas. Region-wide, 41 percent of all office space built since 2000 has been built within LCI areas. And, LCI areas have attracted eight percent of all new residential units and 21 percent of all new commercial development built in the region.

For more on ARC’s LCI program and a list of past recipients, visit www.atlantaregional.com/lci

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