Staff Photo: John Bohn The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District has built and maintains landscaped areas at the intersection of Interstate 85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross. Here, traffic enters I-85S within the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.
NORCROSS -- The work to improve one of Gwinnett's most blighted areas will continue after property owners voted unanimously Thursday to renew the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.
The CID, which was the third to form in Gwinnett, is the county's largest, encompassing 14 square miles and about 550 commercial property owners. It spans the Interstate 85 corridor from the county line to Beaver Ruin Road.
As part of the vote, property owners agreed to pay an additional tax to fund initiatives such as landscaping, security patrols and transportation projects.
"We are extremely pleased with the progress we've seen in the community in just six short years, but we understand that we have a long way to go before the district realizes its full potential," said Chuck Warbington, executive director for the CID. "We are grateful that the local property owners have seen fit to continue their investment in the community."
When it was formed in 2006, the CID made a quick impact on the community with its first project to landscape three interchanges at Jimmy Carter, Indian Trail and Beaver Ruin roads.
"We felt it was important to make a statement," said Shiv Aggarwal, a business owner who was re-elected Thursday as the CID's board chairman. "Those interchanges are the first impression that drivers get of this community and it was important that we let people know that change was coming."
Over the years, the CID's efforts have caused a decrease in the local crime rate, and work to talk about a need for transit in the community lead to a $100 million earmark in the proposed regional transportation sales tax.
This summer, work is expected to begin on a transformation of the Jimmy Carter bridge over the interstate, creating a diverging-diamond model to improve traffic flow.
While Aggarwal was elected to his sixth consecuvite year as the CID board chairman, Michael Deming was elected vice-chairman to replace outgoing board member Bruce LeVell, and Emory Morsberger was chosen to replace outgoing board member Sen. Curt Thompson as the board's secretary.
"We are truly grateful to Bruce and Sen. Thompson for their leadership and guidance over the years," Warbington said of the men who had served on the board since its inception.
Chris Braun was reelected to the treasurer post, and Tim Le received an at-large appointment as vice-secretary.