DOUNWS-05-01-21 GRANT

Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson said the Atlanta Regional Commission’s $160,000 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant will go toward funding Highway 5 improvements.

The city of Douglasville was recently awarded a $160,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to help streamline several existing projects.

The Douglasville Town Center Implementation Strategy has several projects and the city is looking to set those plans into action with the grant money.

Some of the projects include the housing strategy work underway through the ARC’s Community Development Assistance Program, which includes a planned town green, creative peacemaking, and upgraded connections to the Northside area, according to a press release from the ARC.

In all, nine metro Atlanta cities received LCI grant money from the ARC.

“This grant will be extremely helpful in moving traffic throughout the area and supporting economic development for the entire city,” Mayor Rochelle Robinson said.

The LCI program was created in 1999 to allocate federal transportation dollars for planning in local town centers and employment centers, according to an ARC press release.

Cities can apply for the federal funding once they have created a plan.

According to the press release, the ARC updated its LCI grant evaluation process to include equity among its key measures.

“As the LCI program moves into its 21st year of fostering improved quality of life for metro Atlanta’s residents, it’s critically important that we renew our attention in our planning work to addressing the systemic barriers that have prevented many communities from sharing in our region’ s success over the years,” said Sam Shenbaga, managing director of the Community Development group at ARC. “The LCI program is dedicated to creating vibrant and inclusive communities that are geared to serve the needs of all our region’s residents.”

Funds can be used to for projects like sidewalks, multi-use trails, and smart corridor improvements that help implement the city’s plans.