On January 11, over 70 CID members and partners attended the 2019 CID Stakeholder Meeting, held at Northlake Mall. The keynote speaker was Tim Matthews from GDOT, who spoke about the state’s Major Mobility Investment Program. This $11 billion project is designed to ease congestion along Georgia’s interstates by constructing 300 additional lane-miles, including 163 miles of express lanes. Construction will begin in the CID footprint in 2022 when work begins on the eastside I-285 Express Lanes. I-285 will be widened from I-85 to I-20 with one additional lane added in each direction, to be used as an express lane. The bridges over Lavista Road and Northlake Parkway will be rebuilt at that time to accommodate the additional lanes. The CID is involved in the planning process for this project, and we plan to keep our stakeholders updated as the project progresses.
Other speakers included Tucker Mayor Frank Auman who gave an update on Northlake Mall’s request to annex into the City of Tucker. Major Craig Medlin, who was recently named Commander in Chief of the Tucker Precinct of the DeKalb County Police Department introduced himself, and gave a public safety update.
CID Executive Director Matthew Lee also presented two awards. Tucker City Council Member Anne Lerner was presented with the “Friend of the CID” award for her many contributions to our community, and Tom Burns, of Toro Properties Rehab, was presented with the “Best Rehabilitation of a Building” award. Thanks to our members, partners, and elected officials who joined us for this informative meeting!