- Post 20 February 2013
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The newly announced Camp Creek Parkway Improvement Association (CCPIA) says creating a community improvement district (CID) will be its key objective of its plans to advance infrastructure and economic development.
Morsberger Revitalization President Emory Morsberger, who is leading the CCPIA and CID efforts, said the improvement district will be crucial to completing much-needed area upgrades and investments.
"The success of the CCPIA's improvements is dependent on what the CID is able to accomplish by unifying stakeholders," said Morsberger, who has successfully launched CIDs in Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties. "These business and property owners, and the residential communities they serve, do not want to be left behind."
Fulton County District 7 Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards agreed that a CID would be a welcomed addition to the Camp Creek community.
"CIDs are profitable for both the businesses and communities they serve," Edwards said. "A Community Improvement District is a better way to do more good things within our area and improve the quality of our lives."
Morsberger said the proposed Airport West CID is likely to become operational in the next six months. The CID will provide a common voice for stakeholders in seeking available funds from the State Road and Tollway Authority, Georgia Department of Transportation and Atlanta Regional Commission, among others.
A leading project goal will be to add a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) to ease congestion and increase safety at the Camp Creek Parkway – I-285 interchange. A DDI is already operating in Dunwoody as a result of the Perimeter CID's efforts with more planned in Gwinnett CIDs.
Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Board Member Dana Lemon agrees that the time is right for a new CID in the Airport area.
"This CID will create our best opportunity to attract State funding for traffic improvements and beautification in an area that has suffered too long from congestion and traffic fatalities."
According to Dan Reuter, manager of community development for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), since last summer's Global Gateway event support has grown for new approaches to development in the airport area.
"The ARC has supported CIDs throughout the region as a tool to help support local government planning, fund additional transportation improvements and provide additional resources for safety and aesthetic improvements," Reuter said.
More information on the Camp Creek Parkway Improvement Association – www.ccpia.org.