Open House Scheduled for I-75 Western Parallel Connector in Henry County

Henry County is hosting a public information open house regarding the I-75 Western Parallel Connector, which is part of the Livable Centers Initiative Study now underway.  It will be at Pates Creek Elementary School on Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  It will be in the school’s cafeteria, 1309 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge.

The Western Parallel Connector is the primary artery proposed to connect Hudson Bridge Road and Jonesboro Road. The public is invited to attend this open house to learn more about the project, view study area maps and displays, provide comments and discuss the project with the consulting staff.  No formal presentation will be made.  Interested citizens are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.

“The consultants will take the public feedback they get from these meetings and combine them with historical and environmental data and other factors to develop a conceptual design of the road’s alignment,” explained Cheri Hobson-Matthews, transportation planning director for Henry County.  “SPLOST can then use that to develop the full engineered design.”

The process began in July 2010, when the county adopted the Hudson Bridge-Jonesboro Roads Connector Activity Center Livable Centers Initiative Study, the result of months of input from residents, businesses, land owners and county officials, which established a collaborative vision for the area that will create a place of lasting economic, social and environmental value for the community.

The concept for the mixed-use development calls for five clusters to be developed, each comprised of walkable centers with different housing options, retail, civic, jobs and open space uses that incorporate quality materials and public art as well as lush landscaping to create a memorable sense of place.  In accordance with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s “Complete Streets” policy, each of these clusters would be connected by pedestrian and bicycle links, as well as roads for vehicles.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners selected JB + a, Inc. as the consultant to conduct the study in October 2011. The award was in the amount of $100,000, which included the $50,000 grant plus a 50 percent match from the county, to be paid out of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 3 budget.

Officials say the county is on schedule and the next steps will be to meet with core property owners and conduct a preliminary environmental review.

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