The Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs are working hard during the traditionally slow summer months. The CIDs are pleased to report a successfully first half of 2016 and many new opportunities on the horizon before the year’s end.
The CIDs recently completed the first phase of an expansion campaign with such exciting new additions as Porsche Cars of North America, Delta Airlines Headquarters, Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, OA Development and CVS (click here to see district map). The expansion in the Airport West CID area prompted the addition of a new Board Member, Joseph S. Folz of Porsche Cars of North America as the City of Hapeville’s representative. The Airport West CID also recently added Neel Shah, President of Hotel Evolution LLC, which is an award-winning third-party hospitality management, operations and development company.
At the end of 2015, the CIDs added another private-security vehicle and expanded patrol routes to include the Airport South CID in Clayton County. The CIDs are also working with Fulton County Police and Clayton County Police to supplement these patrols with off-duty police officers. These added coverage efforts are paying off with an overall reduction in the number of thefts.
During the summer months, the CIDs are promoting a public service announcement to remind everyone to keep their cars “clean” – avoid leaving electronics, bags, clothing and money in seats or other visible spaces. You can see our new billboard at Camp Creek Parkway and I-285. The CIDs thank Nate Smith for donating the space to provide this important message.
The CIDs’ beautification and transportation programs are moving along smoothly. The CIDs are meeting with stakeholders and property owners in the creation of a master plan document. The master plan will guide projects that the CIDs will pursue during the next five to 10 years. The current efforts related to plan development will wrap up in the late summer and early fall.
The CIDs continue to coordinate with the Georgia Department of Transportation on the Camp Creek/ I-285 intersection improvements. GDOT is designing a diverging-diamond interchange (similar to those at Ashford Dunwoody, Jimmy Carter and Pleasant Hill). The CIDs will enhance the improvement project through landscaping, lighting, fencing and gateway elements that create a sense of place at the interchange. Design will continue during the next 12-18 months, and construction is anticipated to begin early 2018. Please join GDOT and the CIDs for a public information open house on Aug. 17, 2016 at the CIDs Office (1400 Centre Parkway, Suite 132, Atlanta, GA 30331) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Project leaders will be available to discuss the interchange and answer questions.
Other improvements along Camp Creek Parkway include an interchange modification at N. Commerce Drive to add an additional left turn lane out of the Market Place. Construction will begin after the July 4 holiday. Duke Realty is in the process of an intersection modification at Centre Parkway to remove the median and add a left turn lane to allow for more cars to exit the Duke Realty Business Park on each green light. Finally, the CIDs are working with GDOT, Fulton County, East Point and City of Atlanta to develop a design for the Welcome All Road and Welcome All Connector intersections to increase safety and decrease travel delays.
The Buffington Road corridor is also undergoing major improvements. GDOT has constructed an additional lane on the exit ramp from South Fulton Parkway and will soon start construction of an additional lane on the entrance ramp. The CID partnered with Fulton County and City of College Park to add a passing lane on Buffington adjacent to the bridge, allowing vehicles to pass those drivers waiting to turn left onto the entrance ramp.
As you can see, the CIDs are staying very busy and are looking forward to a great second half of the year with more project announcements to come. If you would like any additional information on these projects, please do not hesitate to contact us. Remember that our monthly Board meetings are open to the public and held on the second Thursday of each month at 12 noon.