Tucker-Northlake CID was recently selected as one of seven organizations from around Metro Atlanta to participate in Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2019-2020 Center for Leadership mTAP program. The program offers free technical assistance to public agencies and nonprofit organizations on a variety of real estate and land use issues.

The CID is working Lord Aeck Sargent and Alta Planning on a plan for reconnecting the historic alley and street grid in Downtown Tucker, to create a more walkable, accessible, and pedestrian-friendly city center. As the alleys are reopened for use, they create new opportunities that go beyond simply providing transportation alternatives. Alleys can help address the lack of public spaces in Downtown Tucker. Over the next five months, the mTAP team will be assisting the CID in the development of an alley activation plan for Downtown Tucker. The goal of this project is to make recommendations for how best to utilize the alleys as public spaces, including public art, events programming, design guidelines and placemaking efforts.

This is the second time Tucker-Northlake CID has participated in ULI’s mTAP program. In 2017, a team from ULI completed a parking revitalization study of Downtown Tucker. Recommendations from this study were included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as the recently completed Downtown Tucker Master Plan. The City of Tucker and the CID are currently working together to implement the recommendations, which will result in additional public parking options.