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Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow sponsors legislation allowing for the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) in the historic West End neighborhood

Post Date:05/19/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303 

Contact:
Dexter M. Chambers
Council Communications Director
(404) 330-6309/392-0159
dchambers@atlantaga.gov

 

May 19, 2017

Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow sponsors legislation allowing for the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) in the historic West End neighborhood

 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council approved legislation that will create a Community Improvement District (CID) to serve the historic West End neighborhood, making Atlanta’s oldest community the latest to leverage this economic tool to map its own future.

CIDs are self-taxing business districts where commercial property owners agree to pay a tax to fund a variety of improvements such as transportation upgrades, the widening of sidewalks, intersection and parking upgrades, pedestrian and bicycle paths, streetscapes, more green space, or security.

“This CID is significant because it is the first one created in southwest Atlanta,” Winslow said. “This CID will be able to pursue city, state and federal dollars to help address infrastructure needs, enhance public safety measures and improve the overall quality of life in the commercial corridor of West End.”

Winslow said the idea of a CID for the West End developed eight years ago as the community suffered through the economic downturn of the Great Recession. The West End CID will be governed by a six-member board.

“This is a momentous achievement for an inner city commercial node,” Winslow said. "It’s a step in the right direction in our effort to improve our quality of life and the improvements that result will make Atlanta’s West End even more attractive to new residents and businesses.”

Over the past 30 years, CIDs have emerged as significant centers of growth and influence in the metro Atlanta region. By utilizing self-imposed tax revenues from commercial businesses within their districts, CIDs are dramatically changing their communities in many ways, according to a report by the Council for Quality Growth, a metro Atlanta non-profit trade organization that works to ensure the region’s regulatory environment supports quality growth and development. Those changes include an economic environment that has attracted new businesses, housing, and other investments. 

The CID has the support of both the West End Merchants Coalition and Central Atlanta Progress, a private, not-for-profit corporation that strives to create a robust economic climate in downtown Atlanta. 

"A West End CID will be huge.” said West End Merchants Coalition President Jayson Clifton. “The options are open in terms of what we can do with the funds generated. If the CID board approves, we could bring in a Midtown Blue-type Ambassador force to supplement the work of the Atlanta Police Department. It’s the beginning of a rejuvenation for the West End.”

Charles Williams, Economic Development Chair of the West End Merchants Coalition, said business owners like himself know the impact of the West End CID will be a very powerful one.  Williams owns Elexis Properties, Inc., which has been in the West End for 25 years.

“This will change the very perception of the West End,” he said. “We know by looking at some of the other community improvement districts, such as those in Buckhead, the Cumberland area, and the Midtown CID, that they positively affected the residential parts of their communities.” 

The boundaries of the West End CID include the commercial nodes along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to the north, Lee Street to the east, White Street to the south and west. It also includes the Atlanta University Center.

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