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Governor, GDOT, Other State & Local Officials Break Ground on 285@400 Re-construction

On November 3, at the top and bottom of Concourse 6, the iconic King building along Georgia 400, the proposed $800-million re-construction of the 285@400 interchange became a reality.  Pictured above, Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry and 6th Congressional District GDOT Board Member Mark Burkhalter were joined by a host of other state and local dignitaries in the ceremonial ground-breaking for the project.

The re-build substantially improves the design, as well as adds capacity to one of the region's most congested interchanges, while simultaneously adding miles of new collector/distributor lanes to both 285 and 400, allowing pass through traffic to not add to the congestion coursing through the interchange.  A new design, build and finance construction model for completing the project is expect to save Georgia taxpayers several hundred million dollars.  North Perimeter Contractors (NPC) the consortium selected for this work is in the early stages of site preparation.  Heavy equipment will be onsite and more significant construction will be underway by February of 2017.  The PCIDs are contributing $10-million towards the project's first hard construction costs.

In addition to this contribution, the PATH Foundation and City of Sandy Springs are each contributing $1,000,000 to extend the PATH 400 trail further north from Buckhead and through the new interchange.  Having such a multi-use trail, connecting multiple area cities and running through a major interchange, will also eliminate the typical physical division of many communities caused by the presence of an interstate roadway. 

“Investments such as this one are essential to providing congestion relief for commuters and preparing our infrastructure for more freight and business traffic so that Georgia can remain the No. 1 state in which to do business – a distinction we earned for the fourth year in a row,” said Governor Nathan Deal

"The next decade of planned improvements along I-285 and Georgia 400 will change the way we think about mobility and travel options," said GDOT Board Member Mark Burkhalter.

GDOT Commissioner McMurry also noted, "The Transform 285/400 Improvement Program is a great example of a public-private partnership bringing value to the citizens of Georgia by letting private sector innovation and financing build a better and more cost-effective project."

PCIDs and PBA Sponsor 285@400 Partnership Luncheon and Celebration of Ground-Breaking

A powerful line up of state and local business and community leaders addressed a crowd of nearly 200 on November 3, 2016 at a luncheon celebration of the milestone ground-breaking at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.

Speakers saluting the start of the project and its importance to the Perimeter region included:  GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, State Senator Fran Millar (R-District 40, Dunwoody), Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President Tom Mahaffey, Bob Voyles, Chair of the Perimeter Business Alliance and Principal of the Seven Oaks Company and John Heagy, Chair of the Central DeKalb CID Board and Senior Managing Director of Atlanta for Hines.

In addition to a project overview, summarizing the benefits of the new roadway and interchange design enhancements and additional capacity, tribute was paid to the PCID's longtime President and CEO, Yvonne Williams who spent years as a cheerleader and catalyst for numerous area transportation improvements.  

Yvonne Williams joins local dignitaries State Senator Fran Millar, Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal and State Representative Tom Taylor at the ground-breaking ceremony for the 285@400 interchange.

Yvonne Williams Departs PCIDs

The boards of the Central Perimeter Community Improvement District and the Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement District (PCIDs), two self-taxing districts spanning 4.2 square miles across parts of DeKalb and Fulton counties, as well as the municipalities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, announced the departure of longtime PCID's President and CEO Yvonne Williams in mid-September.

Williams had helmed the organization since its founding in 1999.  The PCIDs, Perimeter Business Alliance, Perimeter Connects and the 285@400 Parternership all recently re-located under one roof, into the NorthPark Town Center offices park in Sandy Springs, atop the Sandy Springs MARTA station and adjacent to the Abernathy Road entrance to Georgia 400.

“As we prepare to take on and support the largest transportation infrastructure project in the history of this organization, as well as within our region, we want to thank and recognize Yvonne Williams for her leadership, long tenure and service in building this organization,” said Central Perimeter CID Board Chair, John Heagy (Hines). 

Williams cited family responsibilities and concerns in her September letter of resignation to the board.  Her daughter will soon be heading off to college, and Williams and her husband have been assisting Williams' mother through a series of health challenges. Williams is considering a number of other opportunities, including her own consultancy practice.  She can be reached via Email at yvonnewilliamsusa@gmail.com.

Her accomplishments at the PCIDs include the completion of Georgia's first diverging diamond interchange at Ashford Dunwoody Road and 285; the Perimeter Center Parkway fly-over bridge and extension; the Hammond half-diamond and exit ramps on Georgia 400; as well as the miles of new sidewalks, enhanced and improved traffic signals and a wide variety of directional and area branding signage across the Perimeter Center sub-market.  Williams and her family live in Cobb County.

Websites to Help Your Commute

The Perimeter Connects website has a new look, as well as more information and commuting options for Perimeter area businesses.

A new 285@400 website helps businesses keep up with the latest news and traffic alerts for the 285@400 project.

Liane Levetan Brook Run Park 

Easy access to parks, green spaces, and recreation areas is critical to the wellbeing of urban communities. From improving the health and wellness of urban citizens to creating a healthier physical environment, city parks are vital to the future of America’s cities. Few community parks are as well loved and used as Liane Levetan Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Once the home of the Georgia Retardation Center, closed in the mid-90s, the 102-acre greenspace was converted into a DeKalb County Park by former DeKalb CEO Liane Levetan

Later deeded to the City of Dunwoody, the park includes a wide range of offerings including a Community Garden where 20 percent of the produce is donated to charity, Food Truck Thursdays and one of the region's most extensive zip-lines.

The two-mile Brook Run Trail loop is a favorite with runners and bikers, and the skate park is the largest in metro Atlanta with terrain for entry-level skaters, as well as advanced street skaters.

Liane Levetan Brook Run Park even caters to four legged residents with a two-acre wooded dog park for off-leash play.
In a unique public-private partnership, Liane Levetan Brook Run Park is also home to TreeTop Quest, an elevated ropes and zip-line adventure with 52 obstacles and 12 zip-lines on four courses, including one designed specifically for children 4 – 6 years old.
Parks spur new development and increase local property values too. According to research from Texas A&M University, there is a 20 percent increase in value of properties abutting parks. To make public parks a reality takes a vision, like that of Liane Levetan.

Groundbreaking Marks Start of New I-285 Interchange at Ga. 400, WSB-TV, Nov. 3, 2016
On of Atlanta’s Busiest Highway Interchanges to Get Major Overhaul, CBS 46, Nov. 3, 2016
One of Atlanta’s Busiest Highway Interchanges to Get Major Overhaul, WALB-TV 10 Albany, Nov. 3, 2016
State Breaks Ground on New 285 at 400 Interchange Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nov. 3, 2016
Interstate 285 at Georgia 400 Project Starts with Groundbreaking, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Nov. 3, 2016
Gov. Deal Joins Ceremonial Groundbreaking of 285/Ga. 400 Project, Reporter Newspapers, Nov. 03, 2016

Massive Road Project Underway, Dunwoody Crier, Nov. 8, 2016
Top-end Perimeter Constructions, Dunwoody Crier, Nov. 8, 2016
Deal at Groundbreaking: 285/400 ‘more than just a new interchange’, Neighbor Newspapers, Nov. 9, 2016
Deal Breaks Ground on I-285 SR 400 Interchange Project, Governor’s Press Release, Nov. 3, 2016
Perimeter Pathways, November 2016, Volume II, Issue 5

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