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April 2017                                                                                   Vol. 1 No.2


Tucker-Northlake Connector
Spring Edition
Anticipating a Development Boom
As business interest in Tucker-Northlake continues to increase, we are improving infrastructure and preparing for additional planned development. Road resurfacing of Hugh  Howell and Lavista Roads is complete, as is traffic signalization for Lavista Road.  Traffic signalization for Hugh Howell Road remains on-going.  In the February issue of Georgia Trend, Ann Rosenthal, president of the Tucker-Northlake CID, talks about the Tucker-Northlake area’s development boom:  Click here to read the story.
 
Tucker’s newest commercial center is only weeks away from opening. The Tucker Meridian project, headed up by developer Ben F. Kushner, is  located at the intersection of Lavista Road and Northlake Parkway, just steps from I-285. A new traffic signal will be installed at the Northlake Parkway entrance  to help move cars in and out of the center.
 
The development will be anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market, which plans to open before the end of April. Dicks, DSW, and Hobby Lobby plan to open by Mid-May.
Downtown Tucker Parking 
The Tucker-Northlake CID recently won a grant from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for Technical Assistance. We will use the grant to fund a downtown parking study conducted by the ULI to identify opportunities to expand and improve parking options along Main Street and in the surrounding areas.  Our master plan recommends such a study to accommodate residents, workers, shoppers, diners and visitors as Tucker continues to thrive and expand.  We expect the study to be completed by the end of May.
Sidewalks
This year, the Tucker-Northlake CID will make major strides in our goal of knitting together the City of Tucker and the Northlake Business District into a more cohesive community with a common identity and a shared sense of place.  The key to transforming two historically distinct communities into a greater whole is a sidewalk connectivity plan, which will provide a safe and attractive pedestrian alternative to vehicular traffic.  The sidewalk initiative has been paired with streetscape beautification, to further encourage walking and decrease dependence on auto traffic. Read more

 
Quarterly street sweep
Beautification isn’t limited to just our greenspaces.  It also means keeping streets free of debris, litter and rock sediment. Last month street sweepers removed over 5,700 pounds of debris along Northlake Parkway, Lavista Road, and downtown Tucker’s Main Street.
Johns Homestead Park
Wellness Trails
We are collaborating with the Friends of Johns Homestead Park to develop a pedestrian bridge that will cross over a creek that had previously rendered a large portion of the park inaccessible. This bridge will be a crucial part of the future Wellness Trail system. The Friends of Johns Homestead Park has already raised over $70,000 toward this effort.
Thank you to our DeKalb Police and Fire Rescue
Each year the CID awards a DeKalb Police Officer of the Year from the Tucker Precinct and North Central Precinct for their service in going above and beyond in protecting the business district.
Over the holidays, Mayor Auman and members of Tucker’s city council along with board members from the CID provided and served lunch to DeKalb County’s North  Central and Tucker Police precincts, and Fire Stations #5 and #22
DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston and her office are collaborating with DeKalb Police in their on-going commitment of reducing criminal activity and they have asked for our input. Please take a moment to complete the survey.
Tucker Farmers Market
The Tucker Farmer’s Market will begin its 6th season this Thursday from 4-8PM in the Bank of America Parking lot in downtown Tucker. Visit them on-line.
Join our Efforts

No one knows Tucker-Northlake better than those of us who live and work here.  Please send us an email if you see a pothole that needs repair or a street sign that has come down so that we can work quickly to repair it.  Report a problem. (Limited to commercial streets within the CID.)
The mission of the Tucker-Northlake CID is to increase economic value in the community by leveraging business and government investment in the district in order to improve accessibility, connect people and places, facilitate robust economic development and provide a clean, attractive and safe community for all who live, work and play in the Tucker-Northlake area. This would not be possible without the help and   support of our stakeholders, our partners from the city of Tucker, DeKalb County, G-DOT, the Atlanta      Regional Commission, and Main Street Tucker Alliance. 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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