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Tucker Northlake CID - How Hard Did They Really Try to Gain Your Input?

Guess who is on your Tucker-Norhtlake CID Steering Committee?
It's none other than Mary Kay Woodworth.  She's done so much
for our area already (read: sarcastic) by starting a city movement
that divided residents based on arbitrary boundary lines then pitted
them against each other and against their friends inside the perimeter.
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) have approved the comprehensive Master Plan created by the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID) to identify opportunities to create a vibrant, walkable and economically thriving Tucker-Northlake. The document will serve as a blueprint for the future commercial development of the area, and was created following months of site visits, market studies, community meetings and public input solicitations by consultants Sizemore Group of Atlanta. It identifies one- and five-year priorities for the 2,600-acre study area, as well as suggested long-term projects and potential funding sources.

“With this week’s approval from the Board of Commissioners and the ARC, we can now begin seeking federal funds to start implementing priority projects within the CID, including the Northlake business district, downtown Tucker and the Lawrenceville Highway corridor,” said Ann Rosenthal, president of the Tucker-Northlake CID.


The new Master Plan builds on the findings of previous Livable Centers Initiatives, and includes ideas for transportation improvements and multi-modal transportation options throughout the community, along with re-development ideas. Among the recommendations are re-designing the Northlake Parkway and LaVista Road/I-285 interchanges into one connected interchange, attracting a regional conference center and hotel, creating a wellness trail near the Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital, enhancing downtown Tucker with vibrant shops and restaurants and improved streetscaping and creating a walkable, mixed-use destination within the Northlake retail and commercial center.


Does THIS sound like the public input described in the press release?  

Here is an email sent by a taxpayer in Tucker after missing a CID input meeting.  taxpayer missed a public input meeting due to horrific rainstorm that was in the area that day.  Cars were unable to even drive to the location because they were stalling out along the side of the flooded roadway.


From: XXXXX  (NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED FOR PRIVACY)
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:42 AM
To: Deanna Murphy (The
Sizemore Group)
Subject: Re: Tucker Northlake CID

Deanna,

We missed this event.  Will there be another one, or will you please consider presenting at our next community meeting.  We can schedule it at your convenience.

Thank you,

XXXXX  

And here is the response, after the email was  forwarded by the recipient to the CID  President instead.

 
From: Ann Rosenthal
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:48 AM
To: XXXXX 
Cc: DeannaM@SizemoreGroup.com ; Bill De St.Aubin
Subject: FW: Tucker Northlake CID
 
Dear XXXXX, 
thank you for your interest in the Tucker-Northlake CID Master Plan. We have concluded our 3 community meetings. Because CIDs focus specifically for commercial property owners we are unable to provide neighborhood briefings. Please feel free to check back on the master plan site for any updates & thank you again for your interest. 
Ann



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