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A photo of the Town Center Community Improvement District’s Zagster bikes, located within several areas of the CID. Zagster is a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that offers a bike share model accessible to markets of all sizes.

The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded a $150,000 Livable Centers Initiative planning grant to help the Town Center Community Improvement District develop a study to create a walkable entertainment area along the Chastain Road corridor.

The grant is among $1.6 million in LCI planning funds that ARC has awarded to 10 metro Atlanta communities. Once the planning studies are complete, the awarded communities will become eligible to receive federal transportation funding for projects such as sidewalks, multi-use trails and intersection improvements, to bring their visions to life.

“The LCI program is an innovative way to help transform communities and improve quality of life across the Atlanta region,” ARC Executive Director Doug Hooker said. “So many of us today want to live and work in dynamic, lively places where you can walk or bike to get your errands done, grab a meal, or visit with friends. These investments will help foster these kinds of spaces throughout metro Atlanta.”

The Town Center CID’s study will include consideration of multi-use trail connections, alternative transportation opportunities, traffic calming, last mile connectivity and sense of place.

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