“This is a great opportunity for us because Chastain Road is one of the last major corridors in our district to be studied closely. There is a great need to make the area more walkable which would not only improve traffic but also improve the quality of life of those living, working and playing in the area. Information gathered from this LCI study will allow us to seek further funding to include smart corridor and connected elements in the on the northern side of our district,” says Alisha Smith, Town Center CID’s Director of Projects and Planning.
In May, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) announced the award of the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study grants to help the Town Center CID, as well as nine other metro Atlanta communities, develop plans and policies to create more vibrant, walkable and connected places. Announced in the press release from the ARC, their executive director Doug Hooker stated that “the LCI program is an innovative way to help transform communities and improve quality of life across the Atlanta region.” The Town Center CID was awarded $150,000 through the LCI grant which comes with an 80/20 match requirement that will be met by the CID.
The Town Center CID now seeks interested consultants to provide their proposals for the study by Friday, September 20th, 2019, no later than 10:00 A.M. For more information, other important dates and instructions for submittal, please visit https://www.towncentercid.com/tccid-projects/current-rfps-and-rfqs/
About the Livable Centers Initiative
Created as a way to reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve air quality, ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a grant program that incentivizes local jurisdictions to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places that increase mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide easy access to jobs and services.
Since 2000, the LCI program has invested $231 million in 120 communities throughout the Atlanta region, helping pay for planning studies and the construction of transportation projects, such as sidewalks and intersection improvements. The ARC board has allocated $314 million over the next 15 years for transportation projects resulting from completed LCI studies.
LCI program goals include:
- Providing access to a variety of travel modes including transit, roadways, walking and biking
- Encouraging mixed-income residential neighborhoods, employment, shopping and recreation options
- Developing an outreach process that promotes the involvement of all stakeholders
To learn more about the LCI program and the impact it has had on the Atlanta region, visit atlantaregional.com/lci.
About the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
The ARC is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities. The ARC serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing on leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.