The Atlanta Regional Commission announced it is awarding two livable centers initiative grants, worth a combined $470,000, to the Gwinnett County community to tackle two different forms of mobility while a third grant will help a city on the county’s outter edge study downtown development.
One of the mobility-related grants will go to a partnership that includes Gwinnett County and the Gateway85 Gwinnett, Sugarloaf and Gwinnett Place community improvement districts to pay for a bus rapid transit corridor. The other was awarded to Sugar Hill to help with plans to extend the Sugar Hill Greenway and look at possibly building a pedestrian bridge over State Route 20.
A third grant worth $96,000 was awarded to Auburn, a city that is partially in Gwinnett, to help pay for downtown planning.
“The LCI program is an innovative way to help transform communities and improve quality of life across the Atlanta region,” ARC Executive Director Doug Hooker said in a statement. “So many of us today want to live and work in dynamic, lively places where you can walk or bike to get your errands done, grab a meal, or visit with friends. These investments will help foster these kinds of spaces throughout metro Atlanta.”
In all, Gwinnett communities will receive $566,000 in LCI grants from the ARC to address planning for projects around the county.
The announcement that a $400,000 grant has been awarded to the county and the three CIDs for the BRT route study came two days after county commissioners approved agreements with the districts to split the cost of the local match. The study of a BRT route connecting Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Satellite Boulevard is expected to cost $800,000. The ARC funding will cover half of that cost, and the local match will cover the other half.
As far as the local match is concerned, the CIDs will each contribute $25,000 and the county will cover the remaining $325,000 under the agreements approved by commissioners Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Sugar Hill will receive $70,000 to cover three aspects of walkability in the city. One aspect is the designing of an extension of the Sugar Hill Greenway. The second is looking at whether building at pedestrian bridge over state Route 20 is feasible. The third will entail looking a pedestrian safety improvements that could be made along state Route 20.
Over in Auburn, city officials will go in a somewhat different direction with their grant funding and create blueprint that the town — which is located on the Gwinnett-Barrow county line — can use for future development to attract new residents and jobs to the city’s downtown area.
Other grants awarded by the ARC on Thursday went to the cities of Alpharetta, Dallas and Peachtree City as well as the Aerotropolis Atlanta, Town Center, Little5 and Tucker-Northlake community improvement districts.