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July Quarterly Newsletter


Welcome City of Tucker
 
Congratulations to the City of Tucker, GA on its recent incorporation. The Tucker-Northlake CID is excited to see the new city government taking shape. Under the leadership of Mayor Frank Auman, the inaugural City Council has been elected and members of the new Planning Commission have been named.  The City has just assumed responsibility for code enforcement, planning and zoning, building permitting and code compliance from DeKalb County. This is a dynamic new era in the life of Tucker, and the CID is looking forward to working with city officials and staff as we continue to move Tucker-Northlake forward.
 


The Tucker-Northlake CID would like to give a special thank you to our retiring board members, Frank Goulding of Newell Recycling and Ben Kushner of Ben F. Kushner Companies. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment and service not only to the CID’s board but to the Tucker-Northlake area as a whole. We wish them well and continued success as they move on.
 

On July 20th, the Board elected two new board members, Sue Storck, general manager of Northlake Mall, and
Chip Cofer, president of Cofer Brothers. We are excited to have their knowledge and expertise as we move forward and continue to grow.

 

Bill Rosenfeld, president of Rosenfeld's Jewelry, was elected to a third term as board chair, Peggy Berg, owner of the Hampton Inn at Northlake, was elected to a second term as vice chair, and Michele Weston, vice president and branch manager for Bank of North Georgia, was elected to a third term as board secretary.  We appreciate and value their commitment to our community!



Over the past year, the Tucker-Northlake CID has been hard at work implementing priorities identified in our community’s approved Master Plan and leveraging funds to underwrite the projects.  We secured a total of $2 million in additional funds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and are focusing our efforts primarily on traffic improvements, highway interchange beautification, streetscaping, public safety and strengthening partnerships that support and enhance our efforts.

Traffic Improvements
 
To facilitate more efficient traffic flow through and within our community, we have been collaborating with the DeKalb County Department of Transportation and the Georgia Department of Transportation to synchronize the traffic signals along Lavista Road and on Lawrenceville Highway within our CID.  Lavista Road synchronization will conclude at the end of the year, while the work on Lawrenceville Highway will remain ongoing.

GDOT is resurfacing Lavista Road from the I-285 Interchange through the Northlake business district. We anticipate this project taking about 6 weeks to complete. Look for most of the construction to take place overnight on weekends.
 
Transportation Alternatives
 
Based on the feedback we received during the Master Planning process, the Tucker-Northlake CID is pursuing funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation Safety and Operations to add bicycle lanes along Lavista Road and Lawrenceville Highway to provide additional connection between Tucker and Northlake.  We are also exploring reducing Fellowship Road from four lanes to three, using the extra space for bicycle lanes and adding a turn lane and turn signal for cars turning left onto Lavista Road.
Lavista Road resurfacing project.

Streetscapes/Public Safety
 
Streetscaping and public safety go hand in hand, as sidewalks and neatly trimmed landscaping increase visibility for drivers and pedestrians.  Phase II of the Northlake Streetscape project will break ground in the coming weeks.  This $1.6 million initiative includes adding attractive street lamps and installing new sidewalks along Briarcliff Road to Henderson Mill Road and along Northlake Parkway behind Northlake Mall, including Ranchwood Drive at Parklake Drive and connecting with the existing sidewalks at Parklake Drive.  A beacon light will be installed along Northlake Parkway at one of the Mall’s entrances. A special thank you to DeKalb County for working with us on this project.
 
In early June, the CID hired a street sweeping company to clean Northlake Parkway and Lavista Road, possibly the first time the roads have been professionally cleaned.  Nearly 2.5 tons of sand and gravel were removed, and we have scheduled quarterly sweepings to keep our streets looking their best.  The next cleaning will take place in September and will include downtown Tucker’s Main Street.
Main Street
New sod has been placed along the Lavista Road Medians at Northlake.
Beautification
 
We want our public green spaces to reflect the pride we feel to live and work in the Tucker-Northlake area.  That’s why the first major initiative of the Tucker-Northlake CID was a beautification project at the I-285 interchange and Lavista Road.  Our initial plantings have matured and provide a lush and attractive first impression as people enter our community from the expressway.  The CID now maintains professional landscaping at both highway interchanges, along Lavista Road from I-285 through the Northlake Business District, on Northlake Parkway from Henderson Mill Road to Lawrenceville Highway, on Main Street in downtown Tucker and at Cofer Crossing.  New sod has been placed along the Lavista Road medians at Northlake. We also plan to place new sod at the Henderson Mill and Briarcliff Road triangles as well as at the Montreal and Lavista Roads triangle.
 
In addition, we have removed more than 1,000 illegal yard signs on public right-of-ways within our Community Improvement District

Forging Partnerships
 
Because we are better together than alone, the Tucker-Northlake CID was instrumental in securing the passage of Senate Bill 225 in the Georgia Legislature this past year.  The new legislation allows CIDs and newly incorporated cities to work more cohesively on issues of mutual interest. A special thank you to State Sen. Steve Henson and Rep. Billy Mitchell for carrying this legislation.
 
It has been an exciting year for the Tucker-Northlake CID as we focus on implementing components of our Master Plan.  This would not be possible without the help and support of our governing partners from the new city of Tucker, DeKalb County, G-DOT, and the Atlanta Regional Commission. We are gratified by our continued community support and the positive response to our various undertakings.  We are proud to live and work in Tucker-Northlake and are committed to helping our community grow and prosper.
 
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