Medline LCI Study Recommendations to be Revealed at Upcoming Open House Meeting

May 29, 2014

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A draft master plan for the Medline LCI study area is now complete and will be unveiled to the public at an open house scheduled for Thursday, June 5th at the International Community School(2418 Wood Trail Lane, Decatur GA 30033) from 6:00 to 8:00PM. Come join project staff to review plan materials, ask questions and take a bike tour of the study area. Food trucks will be on site so don’t worry about missing dinner! For more information, visit the study website or contact Jen Price at 404.377.9147


Help Shape the Future of the Medline Area at Upcoming Charrette

March 25, 2014

The DeKalb County Department of Planning and Sustainability is  partnering with the community to create a shared vision for the Medline area in North Decatur. This LCI study will seek to enhance the area’s long term economic viability, create a safer environment for active transportation and promote easy access to employment opportunities. In order to develop a long term vision for this community, the study team is inviting the public to attend an upcoming interactive design charrette:

Saturday, March 29th

Masala Indian Restaurant in the Patel Plaza

1713 Church Street, Decatur, GA

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The charrette will involve a brief five-minute walk to a nearby redevelopment opportunity, so attendees are asked to wear appropriate attire. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP at www.medlinedesigncharrette.eventbrite.com if interested. For more information about the Medline LCI, please visit the project webpage.


LCI Study to Explore Area Surrounding DeKalb Medical Center

February 26, 2014
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Medline LCI study area

The DeKalb County Department of Planning &  Sustainability has begun work on the Medline Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study, which will explore the future community development and transportation needs of neighborhoods and commercial areas near the DeKalb Medical Center in central DeKalb County. The study area for this LCI study totals 520 acres and is framed by four major intersecting corridors: Church Street, Scott Boulevard/Lawrenceville Highway, North Decatur Road and DeKalb Industrial Way. Anchored by a thriving medical center, the area’s thoroughfares carry significant commuter and local traffic volume. Numerous redevelopment opportunities exist in and around the Medline LCI study area as well, creating the need for a long range vision for the area’s future.

There will be many opportunities for the public to participate in the planning process, starting with an upcoming community visioning workshop, which invites attendees to share their ideas for the future of this local activity center. The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 27th at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church (611 Medlock Road, Decatur GA) from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Can’t make it? Feel free to take this survey to share your thoughts and ideas about the future of the Medline area. 


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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Stonecrest LCI Draft Recommendations on Display at Upcoming Meeting

August 8, 2013

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Draft documentation  for the Stonecrest Mall Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study is now ready for public review. County planning staff and project consultants invite the public to comment on plan documents, renderings and materials which will be displayed at an upcoming “pop-up” town hall meeting.  Cyclists are also invited to bring a bike and helmet to participate in a plan area bicycle tour to help better visualize proposed plan  improvements. Join project team members in the Mall at Stonecrest Foodcourt on Saturday August 17th from 2 to 5 PM to participate.

To learn more about the Stonecrest LCI and upcoming outreach events, visit the project website at sites.google.com/site/stonecrestlci/home


Study to Examine Stonecrest Mall Area

June 4, 2013

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DeKalb County is kicking off the Stonecrest Mall Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study this Saturday with an interactive charette and open house session.  This LCI will ultimately identify potential improvements to the study area’s transportation network and future land use patterns in order to improve the quality of life for residents, employees and visitors of this important activity center. The ongoing I-20 corridor transportation study, recent growth in the area and proximity to treasured natural resources add to the importance and timeliness of this effort. Meeting attendees will have the chance to work alongside planners to elaborate their ideas and vision for the study area through interactive charettes. Informational open house sessions are also scheduled.

Stonecrest LCI Charette and Open House

Saturday, June 8th

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM :: Charrette #1
1:00 – 2:00 PM :: Open House
2:30 – 3:30 PM :: Charrette #2
4:00 – 5:00 PM :: Open House

The Mall at Stonecrest – Lower Level of Macy’s Court
2929 Turner Hill Road – Lithonia 30038

More information can be found at the Stonecrest LCI website: sites.google.com/site/stonecrestlci/home


Nine Communities Awarded Funds for New LCI Studies

February 12, 2013

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ARC awarded $638,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to nine 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 111 communities with more than $154 million in planning and implementation grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices. 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.

“LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Tad Leithead, ARC Chairman. “Our local government partners have used these grants to the benefit of their communities and the entire region.”

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.

“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.”

2013 LCI grant recipients:

DeKalb County for the Medline Regional Activity Center

This study focuses on the area around DeKalb Medical Center and will plan for redevelopment of underutilized and vacant properties to create a variety of housing options and an appropriate mix of commercial, office and retail. The study will incorporate Lifelong Communities concepts and the establishment of a “wellness district” for the DeKalb Medical Center area. Additionally, the plan will address sidewalk and bicycle facilities along the major corridors in the area to create a more walkable center and to improve connections to MARTA bus routes and Emory’s Cliff shuttle.

Coweta County for the Newnan Town Center

This plan will focus on redevelopment opportunities near the old Newnan Hospital and various industrial properties, creating a mix of land uses in a way that is compatible with the town’s historic character, as well as on improving connectivity both within and from Newnan to the larger regional transportation network.

The seven 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:

To learn more about the LCI program and the impact it has had on the Atlanta region, visit www.atlantaregional.com/lci.