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Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs Winter 2017 Update
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Executive Director's Update
2016 was pivotal for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (AACIDs).  We experienced immense, positive changes confirming that we remain on a successful track for greater economic development and prosperity.

To start last year, the Airport West CID in Fulton County and Airport South CID in Clayton County formed a new partnership to enhance the impact of each entity. The new Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs effort has taken off, and we are working with the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance to support economic development initiatives.

The last 12 months saw the AACIDs accomplish key goals in public safety, beautification and infrastructure. The AACIDs also completed a master plan, which established two key goals for the districts – Change the brand and perception of the area to establish an authentic Aerotropolis brand, and support economic development by making the Aerotropolis attractive for business and industry.  

We're confident that these goals will help the AACIDs to move the needle in 2017.

 
Gerald McDowell, Executive Director
Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs
Public Safety



The AACIDs launched 24-hour public safety surveillance in both districts to include off-duty police and private security. The AACIDs facilitate monthly meetings for open communication between all involved police jurisdictions and community members. These safety initiatives are generating a better than 30% reduction in overall criminal incidents.
Beautification

The AACIDs expanded beautification efforts by partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to implement interchange cleanups and enhancements at 14 locations. To date, more than half of those projects are now complete, producing an immediate benefit for the appearance of areas surround Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Infrastructure

The AACIDs completed a number of operational traffic improvement projects, including widening the ramps at South Fulton Parkway and Buffington Road and adding a run-around along Buffington to increase traffic flow. GDOT completed an intersection improvement project at Camp Creek Parkway and North Commerce, decreasing access delays at the Market Place. The AACIDs and GDOT are now completing preliminary designs for the diverging diamond interchange at Camp Creek Parkway and I-285. The project remains on schedule to begin construction in 2018.

Advancing Priorities

Looking forward to 2017, the AACIDs and their partnerships are excited to advance efforts to realize more area improvements. The AACIDs look forward to continue working with its partners to efficiently and effectively move forward with the following priorities:
  • Increased police and security presence
  • Implementing video surveillance and license plate reader technologies
  • Developing a wayfinding and branding plan
  • Designing streetscapes along Virginia Avenue, Phoenix Boulevard and Camp Creek Parkway
  • Landscaping key interchanges and intersections such as I-85 and Virginia Avenue
  • Completing a transit feasibility study to look at innovative technologies to connect people to jobs and activity centers
  • Completing a greenway plan to create a network of trails to promote alternative modes of transportation and increased accessibility


Growing success and partnerships prompted the AACIDs to expand their staff with the hiring of Project Manager Stan Reecy, AICP. Stan's focus is expanding the AACIDs boundaries while working to support infrastructure and beautification projects. Also hired was Administrative Assistant Yvette Hunter.
Meetings for New Property Owners



The AACIDs are in their second phase of expansion. Several new property owners, including Estes Services and V Citadel, are now part of the ongoing AACIDs success story (click here for more details). We want to invite property owners who are interested in joining the AACIDs - as well as those who recently joined - to participate in one of two informational meetings on Jan. 24 or Jan. 26. Click here for details on the upcoming meetings.
AACIDs Board Meeting Schedule  

The AACIDs Board will not meet in January. The next Board meeting will occur on Feb. 9, 2017 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the AACIDs office - 3800 Camp Creek Parkway, Building 1400, Suite 132, Atlanta, GA. 30331.
AACIDs Master Plan Nears Completion

The AACIDs and consultants from Kimley-Horn worked to complete the first-ever master plan for both CID areas. The plan is focused on the goals of the Aerotropolis Blueprint (click here for more details) as well as input from AACIDs stakeholders. As part of the creatve process, the AACIDs completed a detailed market analysis and project list to support overall Aerotropolis goals. An executive summary of the report will be available online in February; printed versions of the final report will be available for review in the AACIDs office.

Major Buffington Road Improvements

Last year included substantial improvements along Buffington Road. GDOT completed ramp widenings on both the exit and entrance ramps at South Fulton Parkway. Chick-fil-a also contributed a new right turn lane from its corporate entrance, connecting to the ramp lane.

The AACIDs completed a new run-around to allow for traffic to pass vehicles waiting to make left turns onto the entrance ramp at South Fulton Parkway. Additional enhancements included new paint for guardrails and cleaning the interchange's landscaping.

GDOT and the AACIDs are continuing to partner as the state moves forwarded with widening Buffington Road from two to four lanes between Roosevelt Highway (U.S. 29) and Rock Quarry Road. This project is currently in the design phase with construction beginning in the next couple of years.

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