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City of Atlanta to Host a Public Meeting to Kick-Off the Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative
Posted Date: 1/8/2013 3:00 PM
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Lanii Thomas, Sr. PR Manager
Dept. of Planning & Community Development

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News Release

City of Atlanta to Host a Public Meeting to Kick-Off the Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative

 Department of Planning and Community Development Invites Community to Shape the Future of the Lakewood Area, Metropolitan Parkway and Jonesboro Road 

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta is giving citizens and business owners in the Lakewood community a chance to help shape the future of their neighborhood. The Department of Planning and Community Development invites you to attend a public kick-off meeting for the Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), January 15, from 6pm – 8pm at Atlanta Technical College, Dennard Building Conference Center Ballroom. Citizens and stakeholders are invited to learn about the Livable Centers Initiative process, objectives, and opportunities to get involved. The kick-off will also provide an opportunity for a discussion and interactive exercise to share views about the opportunities and issues facing the community and goals for the future.

The study area includes significant portions of the following neighborhoods: Betmar LaVilla, Joyland, Lakewood Heights, Lamar Heights, Perkerson Park, Sylvan Hills, South Atlanta and The Villages at Carver. The purpose of the study is to formulate strategies to encourage growth and development in the area. The plan will focus on the following:

  • Leverage the Lakewood Fairgrounds and attract new film and television production jobs and related businesses.
  • Increase the number of jobs and businesses to serve the community.
  • Promote transit supportive redevelopment of underutilized commercial and industrial areas.
  • Improve mobility and accessibility for all modes of transportation to people of all ages and income levels.
  • Improve connectivity among various commercial nodes, employment districts, neighborhoods, and community facilities.
  • Improve transportation infrastructure while providing opportunities for mixed-use/mixed-income developments.

The Lakewood LCI study area includes 1,900 acres of land around the Lakewood Fairgrounds. Significant amounts of land along Pryor Road, Jonesboro Road, Lakewood Avenue, and Metropolitan Parkway are included in the study area. Funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta, and other local partners, the Lakewood LCI will create a vision for the future of the Lakewood Fairgrounds and surrounding communities, with particular focus on the film industry as an economic driver. The planning and community input process will run from December, 2012 to April, 2013.

To learn more about the project and opportunities to participate, visit

About the Department of Planning and Community Development
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, and housing preservation and assistance services and programs.

About the ARC Livable Centers Initiative Program
The Livable Centers Initiative is a planning program sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission that provides funding for planning studies and transportation projects in downtowns, activity centers, and corridors throughout the metro region. The program’s goal is to balance transportation and land use, promote a mix of land uses, and encourage sustainable growth. The ARC Board has approved $1 million annually for studies in years 2000 to 2017. The ARC Board also approved an initial allocation of $350 million for priority funding of transportation projects resulting from Livable Centers Initiative studies. 

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