The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded the city with a Livable Centers Initiative grant, which is designed to help the community create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support a more vibrant, connected community.
“Avondale Estates received a $50,000 grant with a total project cost of $62,500 from the LPI program, which includes the city's 20 percent match,” said City Clerk Juliette Sims-Owens. “Working with these funds and coming up with comprehensive plans can help the city receive more funds to implement the projects.”
The scope of work includes a feasibility study for a possible roundabout at North Clarendon Avenue and U.S. 278 or other roadway improvements.
“The feasibility study will be the first step to implementing a roadway project which will address congestion, bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as the general aesthetics along the U.S. 278 corridor,” Sims-Owens said.
The funds will also help the city form a “better block” demonstration project, which will be a short-term event meant to highlight options for long-term change.
The project will illustrate how landscaping, streetscapes and art can improve the livability, functionality and enjoyment in an area and will occur in the central business district.
The city’s downtown master plan began with community meetings last year. The plan will impact choice related to housing, land use, transportation, community and economic development opportunities and is still in the developmental phase.
A board of mayor and commissioners transmittal hearing, where elected officials will discuss the community-developed potential design alternatives and program ideas for downtown Avondale Estates is scheduled for early this year.