ARC OK's Jimmy Carter Boulevard improvements

LAWRENCEVILLE - An August study that re-imagined what Jimmy Carter Boulevard could look like has been adopted by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The study's inclusion in the ARC's Livable Centers Initiative will allow the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District access to funds that will help with intersection improvements and other projects, CID director Chuck Warbington said.

"It's very, very hard to do," Warbington said. "This is a huge accomplishment."

The LCI is one of three studies in unincorporated Gwinnett County. The others are at Indian Trail Road and in Gwinnett's Civic Center area.

Warbington said the designation will allow the county to seek funds to improve the intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road, where there have been several accidents involving pedestrians.

The CID will also look to make changes at Jimmy Carter's intersections with Brook Hollow Parkway and North Norcross-Tucker Road.

Warbington said he thinks intersection improvements in the area is the first steps to making land-use changes that participants in August's sessions at the Global Mall suggested.

The study area was a 2.5-mile stretch of Jimmy Carter from Singleton Road to Buford Highway. Residents and business owners would like to see consolidated driveways, pocket parks, light rail and high-rises, among other improvements.

The initial $125,000 study was funded by Gwinnett County.

CID donates to

Partnership Gwinnett

The Gwinnett Village CID also became a contributor to the Partnership Gwinnett initiative.

Warbington said the CID pledged $30,000 a year for each of five years to the project, which seeks to create 65,000 new jobs in the next five years.

The county's Chamber of Commerce, which is spearheading the initiative, has a $10 million fundraising goal over the project's five-year span.