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Press Release: City Of Clarkston And The Georgia Dot Seeks Input On The City’s Streetscape Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 8, 2015 
 
THE CITY OF CLARKSTON AND THE GEORGIA DOT SEEKS INPUT ON THE CITY’S STREETSCAPE PROJECT
 
CLARKSTON, GA – A Public Information Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to discuss the Georgia Department of Transportation streetscape project for the City of Clarkston, Georgia. The meeting will be held at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA. The public is invited to attend any time between 4 and 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be given.
 
The purpose of this informal open house is to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the on the conceptual design drawings for the streetscape enhancements along portions of East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Market Street, Rowland Avenue and Norman Road. Proposed project improvements include roadway resurfacing, sidewalks, street lighting and furnishings, landscape planting, banners, gateway monuments, railroad crossing improvements and related improvements for the downtown and surrounding areas.
 
 “The Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement Project will transform these streets into a positive and attractive amenity for the community, states City Manager Keith Barker. These improvements are part of a larger effort to fully realize the community’s vision for the City, which is to strengthen the economic vitality of our town center district.”
 
The City of Clarkston citizens, business owners and property owners interested in learning more are encouraged to attend, view displays, express thoughts and concerns with the City of Clarkston staff, consultants led by AMEC and Georgia DOT representatives, and provide written comments. Interpreters and a court reporter will be on hand to record verbal comments. After this event, meeting handouts will be available online along with comment forms. To access, visit the Clarkston Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement Web site at www.VisualizeClarkston.com. The project plans and other documents from the Public Information Open House may also be viewed until July 19th, 2015 at the City of Clarkston Annex; 1055 Rowland St., Clarkston, GA 30021.
 
About the Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement Project
 
The City of Clarkston received Federal Highway Administration funding and a State Road & Tollway Authority loan to embark on a streetscape enhancement and pedestrian improvement project. AMEC was selected in 2014 to work with the city to develop engineering and construction plans for various streetscape improvements along 1.5 miles of roadway. The targeted corridors, which includes various segments of East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Market Street, Rowland Avenue and Norman Road, will link to neighborhoods and the downtown district while establishing an Interstate Highway gateway to the City. 
 
 
Contact:  
Keith Barker, City Manager City of Clarkston 
(404) 296-6489
 
Contente Terry, Clarkston Streetscape Public Relations Manager: 
(404) 808-9916
 
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Press Release- Clarkston Becomes the First City to Join the Georgia Native Plant Society

 

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Press Release-City of Clarkston Annex Receives Historic Preservation Award


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 28, 2014

Clarkston City Hall Annex Receives Historic Preservation Award

Clarkston, Ga. – The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation presented 24 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during it’s 37th annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Catersville. The Clarkston City Hall Annex was chosen to receive an award for Excellence in Rehabilitaion. “This year’s winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia’s historic buidings and communities,” said Mark C. McDonald, president of the The Georgia Trust. “We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals.”

The house, previously owned by longtime Clarkston resident Ms. Mary Morris who passed away in late 2011, was built sometime in the 1850’s. The house was purchased by the City in April of 2012 and renovated to provide additional office space. “The City’s intent with this project was to not only provide adequate space for city administrative functions but also preserve the historic character of the property and building,” states Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker. “The City realized the potential for the structure as an important community landmark and tried to maintain as much of the historical architecture as possible.” The project was completed in June, 2013.

For more than 35 years, the Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Awards are presented on the basis of the contributions of the person or project to the community and/or state and on compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

 

Contact:   Keith Barker, City Manager
City of Clarkston
(404) 296-6489
kbarker@cityofclarkston.com

Press Release - ULI TAP Program

Feb. 27th, 2013
For Immediate Release

CLARKSTON TO STUDY REVITALIZATION OF TOWN CENTER
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE EXPERT PANEL TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS

(CITY OF CLARKSTON)—The City of Clarkston has been selected by the Urban Land Institute of Atlanta (ULI Atlanta) to receive assistance in addressing issues regarding land development and business cultivation within the City. ULI’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the Atlanta region, consisting of Georgia, Alabama and Eastern Tennessee. Drawing from its membership base of qualified professionals, ULI Atlanta will offer objective and responsible guidance to the City of Clarkston on a variety of land use and real estate issues ranging from site-specific projects to public policy questions.

Through initial discussions between Clarkston staff and representatives from ULI Atlanta, a situational abstract was developed to provide an overview of the proposed TAP’s mission and objectives. The abstract explains the City’s desire to gain a better understanding of the unmet retail and office needs of both immigrant and non-immigrant populations within the City. Additionally, the abstract addresses the City’s desire to become a destination for non-resident patrons of businesses, become an attractive place for private investment and to become a more attractive place to live for new residents. The work of the TAP panel will focus on the following:
1. Assess the unmet retail, entertainment and restaurant needs within Clarkston
2. Define a more successful downtown/central business district for Clarkston
3. Identify needed improvements to public infrastructure
4. Outline new economic and regulatory policies to encourage downtown investment and development

“The formation of the TAP for Clarkston will position the City to address its need for improved business development and land use policy development in a deliberate but “out of the box” manner. We want to take a realistic look at how we can achieve our goal of revitalizing our Central Business District. We feel that by including real-estate development professionals in the discussion, along with other local stakeholders, the City will receive “real world” recommendations around how best to proceed, states City Manager Keith Barker.”

As a result of the TAP panel process, Clarkston will receive a full report outlining recommended actions and strategies in each of the four (4) focused categories, a slideshow presentation that outlines key recommendations from the report, and a marketing/branding plan for attracting development to the City.

The entire process is anticipated to last approximately six (6) months. The highlight of the program will be a 1.5-day workshop for the TAP panelists, Staff and invited guests/stakeholders. The workshop is scheduled for March 7th and 8th, 2013, and will be held at the Clarkston Community Center. The public is invited to attend the workshop on March 8th, 2013 at from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to hear the initial TAP Panel report.

 

 

Press Release - Planning & Development Manager Hired

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Clarkston Hires First Ever Planning & Development Manager
 

Clarkston, Ga. –Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker today announced the appointment of Mr.

Jason Gaines as the City’s first ever Planning & Development Manager. Mr. Gaines comes to Clarkston after a combined seven years of service to Cobb County Government; with two years served in Cobb’s Community Development Agency and five years served in the Cobb Department of Transportation. During his tenure at Cobb, Mr. Gaines made numerous lasting contributions, including work on Cobb’s Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), oversight of annexation proceedings and service delivery agreements with Cobb’s six incorporated cities, development of the County’s Complete Streets Policy, as well as work on numerous corridor-and-small-area studies.

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