DeKalb BOC Approves CID Expansion Into Northlake

On May 13, 2014, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners took action on a request by the Tucker Community Improvement District (CID) to expand into Northlake.  The new name, to be acted upon soon, will be the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District.  The NCA Board of Trustees voted unanimously in late 2013 to partner with Tucker CID to effect the expansion to include those businesses agreeing to participate in the Northlake area.  To date, approximately 70 businesses have signed up and that is expected to greatly increase in numbers over the next year.  This action will help the Tucker and Northlake business areas to make major public improvements and continue beautification through the attraction of grants matched by the funds collected by County for the CID.  This is a very positive step that will help this area of the county thrive and maintain itself as a healthy live, work and play community.

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NCA Annual Meeting 2014 Wrap-Up

The Northlake Community Alliance, Inc. Board of Trustees held it Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  Approximately 80 area citizens and business owners received an update on area activities by NCA Chairman, Tom Ulbricht who talked about the imminent contracting process for the Phase 2 Streetscape Project to add lighting, sidewalk improvements, street furniture and landscaping on the streets from Lavista Rd at Briarcliff Rd. following Briarcliff Rd, Henderson Mill Rd., Northlake Parkway and Parklake Dr. back to Lavista.  It will also include Ranchwood Rd.  Mr. Ulbricht mentioned the newly formed Northlake Business Association and the close to 100 businesses that have already joined.

Mr. Ulbricht introduced Ann Rosenthal, President of the newly formed Tucker-Northlake Community improvement District, and she discussed their progress in signing up businesses in Northlake.  The keynote speaker was Doug Stoner, Managing Director of the Development Authority of DeKalb County.  Mr. Stoner gave a very informative and interesting presentation on many areas of economic development and innovative financing used to help business expansion in the county.  Mr. Stoner took many questions from the audience and the presentation and answers were well received.  At the end of the meeting, several County Commissioners and State Legislators were given an opportunity to briefly address the discussion topic and other subjects.  Thanks were given to Briarlake Baptist Church pastor Tommy Farrell and its administrator Tim Underwood for use of their auditorium.  It was a great evening and we urge all to join us in 2015 for the Annual Meeting or its bi-monthly board meetings.

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Tucker/Northlake CID Meeting Dates

Information dissemination about expansion of the Tucker Community Improvement District into Northlake is underway. Three meetings have been scheduled on consecutive days in January to give business owners and managers an opportunity to attend. There will be a brief presentation at each meeting to explain the benefits and cost for joining the CID. This is a very important tool for enhancing the economic viability and stability of the Northlake business district.  Please see the dates under Calendar in this website and please RSVP to:
Ann Rosenthal at <mailto:ann@tuckercid.com> ann@tuckercid.com
or call 404-245-3584 to RSVP.

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CID Progress Report

Tucker and Northlake are moving forward with creation of the Tucker/Northlake Community Improvement District (CID).  The Northlake CID Formation Committee, which is independent from the NCA Board of Trustees,  has attended several training sessions on initiating contacts with business and property owners.  The committee has also been researching the tax records of DeKalb County and other sources to identify owners and users (usually lessees) at specific addresses in the tax records.  There will be several joint meetings in the future with particular sector representatives such as banking and hospitality industries.  A new brochure has been created and will be available for meetings.  Direct contacts with property owners will commence very soon.

The CID Formation Committee, of which this author is a member,  wishes to reiterate that this effort to create the combined Tucker/Northlake CID is not in any way associated with efforts to form the cities of Tucker, Briarcliff or Lakeside (or others).  CID’s can exist within or outside of cities and operate independently.

The NCA Board of Trustees and the CID Formation Committee hope all of you to have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

 

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Northlake CID Formation Committee Partners with Tucker CID

The NCA Board took action recently to create a Community Improvement District (CID) Formation Committee and explore partnering with the existing Tucker CID Formation Committee.  Several meetings of these committees were held and both agreed to partner in expanding the Tucker CID into Northlake.  The soon be re-named CID, upon approval of the County, will be known as the Tucker/Northlake CID.  Materials are being developed now which will be used to help educate local businesses which will be asked to join the CID effort.  This effort and CID program is not associated in any way with local efforts to create new cities of Tucker, Lakeside, Briarcliff or others.

The CID program is a tool for raising local tax funding, paid exclusively by businesses, to fund public improvements, provide security, signage, beautification and maintenance of landscaping.  CID’s are eligible for major federal, state, regional and local grants and many have used locally raised CID tax income to leverage a 10 – 1 return on monies used for such improvements.  That is, every dollar of CID funds can be matched for approximately 10 dollars of grant funding.  For example, Perimeter CID has used CID funding to pay for the relatively new bridge over I-285, for the Hammond Drive interchange on Ga 400, and for the new diverging lane interchange at Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285.  Most of the money for those improvements came from grants.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting program to take shape for Northlake.

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Northlake Overlay Zone Ordinance

The Northlake Overlay Zone Ordinance is available for review. Also included is the “Tiers” map and the Northlake Development Standards associated with the ordinance. This ordinance was approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 20th, 2008. It provides a strong tool for controlling development and keeping out unwanted uses. It also has architectural, development, and signage controls.

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Phase 2 of Northlake Streetscape update

Phase 2 of Northlake streetscape work is being designed currently by Pond & Co Engineers (see “Plans and Schedules” to see the concept plan.) A Transportation Enhancement Grant been awarded from US DOT in the amount of $475,000 plus the county match of $95,000, for a total of $570,000. Additionally, the project will receive approximately $600,000 from funds returned to ARC by MARTA (advanced to them during their financial crisis earlier this year). These funds will be used to continue streetscape work on Briarcliff Rd., Henderson Mill Rd., Northlake Parkway, Parklake Dr. and Ranchwood Rd.. Most of this loop borders Northlake Mall and only one side of these roads will be constructed at this time. Construction should begin in the Spring of, 2011.

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Donations To NCA

NCA is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization that relies on donations from the community, both business and civic, for supporting projects and programs provided to the area. We gladly accept monetary donations to help us buy signs, volunteer t-shirts, and office supplies. Since no one at NCA receives compensation, 100% of your donations goes to work for the community. Please send your tax exempt donation to the Northlake Community Alliance, Inc. at the mailing address found on the “About NCA” page on this website.

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