TUCKER, GA (January 30, 2015) — The Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID), www.TuckerNorthlakeCID.com, has begun a three-month study as the first step towards creating a unified vision for the area. Bill de St. Aubin, CEO of Atlanta-based Sizemore Group, which has been retained by the Tucker-Northlake CID to conduct the study and prepare a Master Plan, recently spoke to a standing-room crowd of community stakeholders about the area’s assets, issues and economic development opportunities. Following the formal presentation, attendees were invited to discuss and write down ideas under several categories:

  • What business and community stakeholders wish to preserve and protect in the area
  • What community improvements should be created to retain existing businesses and attract new development
  • How to best connect people and places

“The Tucker-Northlake CID Board of Directors and I are thrilled at the level of interest and participation we saw at this first community meeting,” said Ann Rosenthal, president of the CID. “There were so many great ideas collected, including suggestions about the Northlake retail district, transportation alternatives, greenspaces and much more. The Sizemore Group will distill all of these ideas into a draft document to help us move forward in the planning process. To solicit continued community involvement, Sizemore Group has created a website: https://sites.google.com/site/tuckernorthlakecidstudy/, where the process is being documented and updated. The site includes a survey for the public, and we encourage everyone with an interest in the Tucker-Northlake community to please complete the survey and let your voice be heard.”

The study area encompasses approximately 2,600 acres and includes downtown Tucker, Northlake Mall, The LaVista Road/I-285 interchange, the Northlake Parkway/I-285 interchange, Northlake Tower Festival Shopping Center, Briarcliff Village Shopping Center and Emory Orthopedics and Spine Hospital. The Sizemore Group’s work will build on the findings of previous Livable Centers Initiatives, and will include a market analysis, as well as recommendations for creating multi-modal transportation options, better access to businesses and more connectivity between neighborhoods and the commercial district. Additional public meetings in February and March will be announced on www.TuckerNorthlakeCID.com.

About the Tucker-Northlake CID

Formed in 2013 as the Tucker Community Improvement District, the Tucker-Northlake CID is a public-private partnership that includes over 166 commercial property owners, representing approximately $160 million in property value. The district’s boundaries span the I-285/LaVista Road interchange in DeKalb County and extend from Lawrenceville Highway at Tucker Industrial Road, down Lawrenceville Highway to Montreal Road and LaVista Road, and through the Northlake business district. The entire area is roughly nine square miles. The Tucker-Northlake CID’s goals include creating a clear identity for the area, transportation improvements and alternatives, economic development, public safety, and overall landscaping and beautification of the Tucker-Northlake area. www.tuckernorthlakecid.com

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