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Clarkston gets $80K LCI grant

1/24/2014, 3:44 p.m.

Clarkston has landed an $80,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant to update its revitalization plan.

It was one of 11 metro communities selected by the Atlanta Regional Commission to receive LCI funding for fiscal year 2014.

City Manager Keith Barker said on Jan. 15 that the city will update its 2004 plan to upgrade downtown Clarkston and create an attractive live-work-play environment.

He said that changes in the economy and real estate market have made it necessary to update the content of the original plan in a manner that fits today’s market and provides a realistic opportunity for successful implementation. Over the past year, Clarkston has been working with the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel program, which provided expertise on economic viability and sustainability.

It also got $3.7 million in congressional earmark funds in 2013 to build a major streetscape enhancement project that will cover a large portion of the city.

“Now, we are in a great position to take full advantage the LCI Supplemental Study funds we have been awarded by using the TAP report as a ‘launch pad’ to reshape Clarkston’s vision for its future,” Barker said.

Newly elected Mayor Ted Terry commended Barker and the city staff for their work to position Clarkston for success.

“Prior to taking office, I knew that they were doing a lot that had not been done in Clarkston previously,” he said. “Now, as mayor, I have an opportunity to see it firsthand.”

The LCI program, now in its 16th year, has helped many cities in the Atlanta region reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality regionwide.

The kickoff for the Clarkston LCI plan update has not been set. Updated information will be available at www.clarkstonga.gov.