Upcoming Public Open House to Explore Peachtree Road Improvements in Buckhead

January 28, 2014

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) will host a public open house to gain feedback, present concept drawings, explain the project in detail and seek/answer questions and concerns regarding planned upgrades to the Peachtree Road Corridor from Maple Drive to Sheridan Drive. These upgrades are part of a larger project being led by the Georgia Department of Transportation which will result in a more friendly and accessible transportation facility for all users. More information about the scope and purpose of the project may be found at the BCID Peachtree Transformation webpage.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house, scheduled from 10AM to 6PM for Thursday January 30th 2014 at the Buckhead Theatre (3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30305). Staff will be on hand to answer questions and collect feedback from the public.


DOT Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Outlines Transportation Vision Focused on Overcoming Infrastructure Deficit

January 21, 2014

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx last week outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation, highlighting America’s infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible. Secretary Foxx also discussed his vision for multimodal transportation providing greater economic “ladders of opportunity” to all Americans and reiterated the Department’s commitment to safety.

“If we’re going to tackle our backlog of repairing and rebuilding, then there’s another part of the equation we have to tackle, too – and that’s cost,” Secretary Foxx said.  “But what if we could make that funding equal more projects – and better ones? “

With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money as early as August, Secretary Foxx announced that the Department will begin posting monthly on its website exactly how much money the Highway Trust Fund has left, and update that number every month until the fund can sustain itself or until it runs out. While the Department has long provided this figure to Capitol Hill, Secretary Foxx said providing it to the public would increase transparency and accountability.

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ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Awards $800,000 to 11 Communities

January 14, 2014

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ARC awarded $800,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to 11 metro Atlanta communities. The LCI grants will help these communities create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. Once their studies and plans are complete, these communities will be eligible for additional LCI funding for transportation projects needed to implement their plans.

Since its inception in 1999, LCI has assisted 113 communities with approximately $15 million in planning grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices. Another $173 million has gone to help recipients build transportation projects that help them accomplish their goals.

The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. The grants fund 80 percent of the study, with the recipient making a 20 percent match. So altogether, there will be a $1 million LCI investment in these 11 communities, $800,000 from the LCI program and $200,000 in local match.

“Over the years, LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta reinvent and improve themselves, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC Chairman. “Our local government partners have used these grants to the benefit of their individual communities and the entire region.”

LCI communities cover only five percent of the region’s land area, but contain seven percent of its residential development, 24 percent of its commercial development and 38 percent of its office development.

“Communities are eager to revitalize their town centers and underutilized properties to create places that foster a vibrant neighborhood feel and environment,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “LCI grants have helped communities re-imagine what they can be, and then helped them make those plans a reality.”

The 2014 LCI grant recipients are:

Hiram Town Center

Award amount: $60,000

Local match: $15,000

Sponsor: City of Hiram

This study focuses on downtown Hiram and a portion of the Silver Comet Trail, exploring appropriate mixed-use and infill development, as well as connections to the Silver Comet Trail and to the major retail corridor along US 278.

Peachtree Corners Town Center

Award amount: $96,000

Local match: $24,000

Sponsor: City of Peachtree Corners

This plan will focus on providing a roadmap for the development of a town center within the newly-incorporated City of Peachtree Corners. The study will help the city develop a walkable, connected downtown core and create a community identity.

The nine remaining grants are for supplemental studies to help existing LCI communities implement their existing plans through additional studies, zoning changes, etc. Communities receiving supplemental study funds are:

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Regional Transportation Plan Pop-Up Open House This Saturday

January 7, 2014

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ARC is hosting a new style of informational gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 that will transform an empty storefront in Downtown Decatur into a come-and-go public meeting. It’s the pilot project for an idea we got from the overwhelming response to the community engagement survey this summer. In that survey, more than 2,000 residents said they wanted more local choices, different ways to engage and online options. This “Pop-up” conversation is intended to promote informal connections, innovation and, dare we say it, fun. It’s an idea we hope to replicate in communities all over the region.

This gathering is part of the latest update to the $61 billion Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), metro Atlanta’s framework for mobility and prosperity. ARC invites you to come learn about transportation choices, ask questions and give us some critical input about how to make these kinds of important meetings more fun, informative and engaging.

We need your help to pass along this message, so please share this email. More information can be found at ARC’s website.

Pop-Up Open House

January 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

515 North McDonough Street | Suite A | Decatur, GA 30030