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Lilburn CID gets $700,000 grant

LILBURN -- Lilburn's "Boulevard of Opportunity" could soon become a reality, with a $700,000 boost from a state grant.

Less than two months after the Lilburn Community Improvement District received word from the Atlanta Regional Commission that its Highway 29 Corridor study had been accepted into the Livable Centers Initiative program, the group got a pay back with a big grant that goes out to program participants.

The CID was awarded $700,000 in 2011 transportation enhancement grant funds from the state Department of Transportation. The plans for a multi-use pedestrian trail was selected along with 143 other projects.

"The Highway 29 Corridor Study provides the Lilburn CID and greater Lilburn a playbook to help us navigate the creation of a Boulevard of Opportunity," said CID Executive Director Gerald McDowell. "This award is consistent with our study and the five-year CID strategic plan for revitalization and redevelopment."

Nearly $2 million for the path is also part of a list of projects being considered for funding by a regional transportation sales tax, which will be on ballots next year.