Westside Residents Learn Latest on Community Projects

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On January 25, Invest Atlanta provided more than 100 Westside residents the latest updates on all the Community Improvement Fund (CIF) projects happening in their communities. Invest Atlanta staff, including Vice President of Planning & Strategic Initiatives Jennifer Fine, presented at the Westside Community Benefits Plan Committee meeting.

The committee meets periodically to update communities around the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the implementation of the Westside Community Benefits plan. Members include Councilmembers Kwanza Hall (D-2), Ivory Young (D-3), Cleta Winslow (D-4), Michael Bond (Post-1), and Ceasar Mitchell (Council President). Community stakeholders also participate, as do representatives from the Mayor’s office, key city departments and agencies, Invest Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Invest Atlanta has committed $15 million to the CIF and leverages these funds in coordination with public and private partners to address critical areas of need in the English Avenue, Vine City, and Castleberry Hill neighborhoods. The fund focuses on these six key areas:

  • Housing: Increasing access to homeownership opportunities and affordable rental housing through property redevelopment and rehabilitation.
  • Employment: Increasing access to permanent fulltime jobs through training and job placement.
  • Business: Strengthening neighborhood businesses and creating more economic activity.
  • Neighborhood: Improving streets, parks, and blighted properties to make neighborhoods safer and more attractive.
  • Security: Improving neighborhood safety and deterring crime.
  • Community: Supporting service providers and promoting community life.

Learn more about Invest Atlanta’s work on the Westside here.

Earlier in January, Invest Atlanta staff also convened the Westside TAD Neighborhood Advisory Board, a body comprised of representatives from neighborhood and civic associations in English Avenue and Vine City. The board’s role is to make recommendations to Invest Atlanta on projects that could receive TAD funding. The homeownership team also hosted a workshop on January 27 with Westside Works graduates to help prepare them for the home buying process. The workshop covered how to secure a mortgage loan, as well as Invest Atlanta’s first-time homebuyer incentives.

At a future community meeting, Invest Atlanta plans to discuss strategies to retain residents through diverse housing models.