The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) awarded $800,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to 11 metro Atlanta communities. LCI grants are designed to help communities create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. Once the studies and plans are complete, the awarded communities will be eligible for additional LCI funding for transportation projects needed to implement the plans.
Since its inception in 1999, LCI has assisted 113 communities with approximately $15 million in planning grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices. Another $173 million has gone to help recipients build transportation projects that help them accomplish their goals. The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. The grants fund 80 percent of the study, with the recipient making a 20% match. Altogether, there will be a $1 million LCI investment, $800,000 from LCI and $200,000 in local match.
Hiram is excited to share that it is one the 11 applicant selected for the 2014 LCI grants with an award amount of $60,000 and a local match of $15,000. This study focuses on downtown Hiram and a portion of the Silver Comet Trail, exploring appropriate mixed-use and infill development, as well as connections to the Silver Comet Trail and to the major retail corridor along US 278.
“Over the years, LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta reinvent and improve themselves, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC Chairman. “Our local government partners have used these grants to the benefit of their individual communities and the entire region.”
“Communities are eager to revitalize their town centers and underutilized properties to create places that foster a vibrant neighborhood feel and environment,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “LCI grants have helped communities re-imagine what they can be and make those plans a reality.”
According to city manager Robbie Rokovitz, “Our City Council recognizes that Georgia downtowns play a monumental role in establishing and maintaining a sense of place especially when properly planned with an engaged citizenry.” We share ACR’s validation on the importance of downtowns and will enthusiastically proceed with the creation of a plan that will culminate in enhanced development and connectivity,” Rokovitz continued.