Monday, February 11, 2013
The city of Norcross and Gwinnett Village CID received grants from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative to help with downtown railroad intersection improvements and a multi-use trail.
Monday, February 11
The Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiatve awarded $654,000 last week to nine metro-area communities, including the city of Norcross and the Gwinnett Village CID. The LCI grants aim to help create new plans for quality growth and develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities, according to a news release. While the top recipients for the grants are DeKalb County for the Medline Regional Activity Center and the city of Newnan for a new town center, supplemental study funds were given to Norcross for $40,000 and Gwinnett Village for $30,000. Norcross' grant money will be used toward a study for downtown railroad intersection improvements. A study to improve the walkability and road along Holcomb…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The city is certified in the highest level as a Green Community.
From turning the demolition of a historic home into a community deconstruction and recycling project to getting hundreds of Summerour Middle students to walk to school, Sustainable Norcross made even more strides in the last year to “green” the city. And that hard work was recognized yesterday by the Atlanta Regional Commission, which awarded the City of Norcross gold-level certification as a Green Community. This comes just one year after the city earned the silver-level certification in its entry to the program. Connie Weathers, chair of Sustainable Norcross, has been the engine behind this effort. “It is very fulfilling and very exciting,” said Weathers. She has worked along with other Sustainable Norcross volunteers for three years …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Regional Roundtable stamped a list of projects that will be on the 2012 ballot for a one-penny sales tax.
Updated Oct. 13, 4:21 p.m. A $6.1 billion list of transportation projects was adopted by the Regional Roundtable today, according to Jim Jaquish of the ARC. This completes the Roundtable’s work--and also determines what will be on the July 2012 ballot for a 10-year, one-penny sales tax that could mean a historic change in Atlanta area transportation. The final report was posted on the Roundtable's website. The Roundtable, which was chaired by Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, has deliberated, drafted and re-drafted, trying to settle on a group of projects that will entice the whole region. "This final list of investments will move us forward and make sure the Atlanta region remains competitive well," said Johnson in a release. "Today’s vote…
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Norcross was chosen among 14 applicants for the program.
The city will soon get some extra help from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Community Choices program, with the goal of spurring economic development in the area. The idea is to take existing development goals from Norcross’s LCI or Comprehensive Plan, then get development experts to put together a menu of potential tools to help implement them. The program is considered a technical assistance grant; Expertise is awarded to the city, not any cash. Stephen Causby, a program specialist with the ARC, was the recent City Council work policy session to bring the news and request a meeting with city staff and key stakeholders. “We like to sit down and listen to the community,” he said. Six of 14 applicants were chosen in the competitive…
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
An application is in the works that could bring $500,000 in federal money to Norcross to encourage some students to walk or bike to school.
You know how grandpa used to walk uphill—both ways, of course—to get to school in the morning? A federal program wants to revive the idea of students walking or biking to school—for the health of the students and for the environmental benefits--and Norcross’s Summerour Middle may soon be participating. The federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program doles out funds to the states, which manage their individual efforts. Since 2005, over $17 million has been given out in Georgia, according to Safe Routes data. (Money from 2010 has not yet been factored into this number.) The program encourages kids in kindergarten through eighth grade in a two-mile radius of the school to get there with their own two feet. “It sounds so simple, but I see …