North McDonough and Railroad Crossing Improvements Meeting Next Thursday

From this month’s Decatur Focus

Update on N. McDonough Streetscape improvements and railroad crossings

The community is invited to a workshop for updates on the N. McDonough Streetscape improvements and railroad crossing improvements at both Candler and McDonough streets. The workshop will be held Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., in the City Commission Meeting Room, Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

The goals of the projects are to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bi- cyclists and others using these facilities. They are based on Decatur’s 2008 Community Transportation Plan, a major goal of which is to encourage healthy lifestyles and active living in Decatur.

URS Corporation of Atlanta, a planning and engineering design firm, will help plan the projects along with Sprinkle Consulting of Lutz, Florida, a design firm that special- izes in bicycle and pedestrian planning. The projects will be funded through the Capital Improvements Bond program, grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Regional Commission and MARTA.

Mock ups of N. McDonough from way back in 2010.

New Streetscape for Decatur Presbyterian Church

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Chris sent in a couple photos of Decatur Presbyterian Church’s new streetscape, which was recently unveiled from out behind orange fencing. The changes will be more noticeable than most small streetscape projects as the church sits at the busy intersection of Sycamore and Church Street.

The plan was approved by the city commission back in March 2012.  The “treecycling” of an old Black Walnut tree at the site was chronicled here by Chadwick back in June of last year.

Decatur Gets $1.77 Million For N. McDonough Streetscape Improvements

North McDonough sure has come a long way in the past couple years.

Once one of Decatur’s least inviting streets, home to little more than front of the Decatur High School and the western facade of the Marble House, this major city corridor has new life in recent years with the addition of new businesses like Village Vets and Relics & Rarities and of course the High School’s new auditorium and stadium.

And now Decatur can finally put the icing on the cake.

Just last month, the city heard that it had received preliminary approval of a $1.77 million grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative to make improvements to McDonough’s streetscape.

Assitant City Manager Lyn Menne notes…

We had applied several times in the past but hadn’t gotten the grant – for several reasons I think. They try to spread the funding around and we have several streetscape projects in the works. It also helps that we have funding in place for the intersection improvement at the railroad intersection at the south end and funding in place for streetscape improvements along Trinity at the northern end of this corridor and the high school construction is completed and should generate more pedestrian activity with the gym, performing arts center and stadium improvements. All the pieces were in place to complete this last bit of the network to the south side and Agnes Scott.

The city will have to match 20% of the cost – around $354,000 – which is available from the Capital Bond Project Fund.