The AACIDs launched 24-hour public safety surveillance in both districts to include off-duty police and private security. The AACIDs facilitate monthly meetings for open communication between all involved police jurisdictions and community members. These safety initiatives are generating a better than 30% reduction in overall criminal incidents.
The AACIDs expanded beautification efforts by partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to implement interchange cleanups and enhancements at 14 locations. To date, more than half of those projects are now complete, producing an immediate benefit for the appearance of areas surround Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The AACIDs completed a number of operational traffic improvement projects, including widening the ramps at South Fulton Parkway and Buffington Road and adding a run-around along Buffington to increase traffic flow. GDOT completed an intersection improvement project at Camp Creek Parkway and North Commerce, decreasing access delays at the Market Place. The AACIDs and GDOT are now completing preliminary designs for the diverging diamond interchange at Camp Creek Parkway and I-285. The project remains on schedule to begin construction in 2018.
Looking forward to 2017, the AACIDs and their partnerships are excited to advance efforts to realize more area improvements. The AACIDs look forward to continue working with its partners to efficiently and effectively move forward with the following priorities:
- Increased police and security presence
- Implementing video surveillance and license plate reader technologies
- Developing a wayfinding and branding plan
- Designing streetscapes along Virginia Avenue, Phoenix Boulevard and Camp Creek Parkway
- Landscaping key interchanges and intersections such as I-85 and Virginia Avenue
- Completing a transit feasibility study to look at innovative technologies to connect people to jobs and activity centers
- Completing a greenway plan to create a network of trails to promote alternative modes of transportation and increased accessibility
Growing success and partnerships prompted the AACIDs to expand their staff with the hiring of Project Manager Stan Reecy, AICP. Stan’s focus is expanding the AACIDs boundaries while working to support infrastructure and beautification projects. Also hired was Administrative Assistant Yvette Hunter.