East Metro DeKalb CID celebrates completion of first major project

Posted by Dena Mellick July 29, 2015
The East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) will have a ribbon cutting for its Wesley Chapel Road north median beautification project.  Photo provided to Decaturish

The East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) will have a ribbon cutting for its Wesley Chapel Road north median beautification project. Photo provided to Decaturish

East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) is celebrating the completion of its first major project.

A ribbon cutting and reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5th in honor of CID’s first initiative: the new median beautification project on Wesley Chapel Road in Greater Decatur.

CID Administrator Nicole McGhee Hall said in a press release, “It was an excellent first project to champion because it is in the heart of the CID, a place that is already committed to boosting curb appeal. We expect this new landscaping will distinguish this as an area committed to enhancing its best qualities.”

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to form the East Metro DeKalb CID last year, according to the CID press release. The CID now includes more than 200 property owners and has a projected revenue of $213,000 for 2015.

The East Metro DeKalb CID explains on its website, “A Community Improvement District (CID) is a self-taxing district that uses additional property tax dollars to improve its district with beautification, infrastructure, and public safety improvement projects. CIDs are comprised of private, non-exempt commercial properties zoned as Office/Industrial and Retail properties. Residential and multi-family properties are not taxable by a CID.”

The press release said ribbon cutting attendees “should meet at the Economy Inn parking lot at 2565 Wesley Chapel Road to receive escorted access to the median. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, a press conference and reception will occur at Sanford Realty – 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive.”

Here’s the full press release:

CID Completing Major Decatur Roadway Beautification

East Metro DeKalb CID plans project ribbon cutting Aug. 5 @ 10 a.m.

(DECATUR)—With major upgrades to a high-profile DeKalb County roadway completed, the community organization responsible for the improvements will celebrate the accomplishment.

The East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting for its Wesley Chapel Road north median beautification project. Ceremonies will start promptly at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Attendees should meet at the Economy Inn parking lot at 2565 Wesley Chapel Road to receive escorted access to the median. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, a press conference and reception will occur at Sanford Realty – 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive.

The Wesley Chapel Road project is the CID’s first beautification initiative. CID Administrator Nicole McGhee Hall of Nickel Works Consulting said community stakeholders identified this as a highly visible project in an area that is home to the majority of CID members.

“It was an excellent first project to champion because it is in the heart of the CID, a place that is already committed to boosting curb appeal,” Hall said. “We expect this new landscaping will distinguish this as an area committed to enhancing its best qualities. This is the kind of project that CIDs are uniquely able to complete for the benefit of an entire community.”

The CID’s project partners include the South DeKalb Improvement Association and Wesley Chapel Curb Appeal Task Force. Russell Landscape Group, Keep DeKalb Beautiful and Home Depot donated plant materials and landscaping expertise to make the beautification possible.

The CID also partners with the Southeast Police Taskforce, which operates at the direction of the south and east DeKalb County Police precincts.

The East Metro DeKalb CID formed in 2014 through a unanimous vote of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. CID membership is growing and increasing the revenues to leverage more project funding. The CID includes more than 200 property owners, and projected revenue from 2015 taxes is approximately $213,000.

The following business leaders serve on the CID Board of Directors:

  • Chairman Frederick Daniels Jr. – Citizens Trust Bank
  • Vice Chairman Robert Ragsdale, III – Kaiser Permanente
  • Secretary Trichelle Simmons – Law Office of Trichelle Griggs Simmons
  • Treasurer Harold Buckley – Precision Realty Inc.
  • James Clausell – Clausell & Associates
  • Lloyd Nurse – Nurse Technologies
  • Van Jakes – Jake 22 Management Co.
  • Jennifer Ffrench-Parker – CrossRoadsNews

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Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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