Norcross approves CID expansion

NORCROSS - The state's largest community improvement district became even bigger this week.

The city of Norcross on Monday approved the expansion of the Gwinnett Village CID, a move the county approved last month.

The additional 75 property owners bring CID's membership to just fewer than 500 property owners, Executive Director Chuck Warbington said. The additions increase the CID's value by 30 percent, to nearly a billion dollars.

"We filled in some holes in the overall area," Warbington said.

The holes are primarily trucking companies and other industrial businesses between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway and along the unincorporated part of Buford Highway.

Those properties were not targeted in the first sign-up phase, Warbington said, because their needs are different than those of the other area businesses. He said adding the industrial component helps the district in its goal to include all major players in the area.

"A trucking facility needed special attention and different education than commercial did," he said. "You can't really say, 'Look at the landscaping.' They don't care."