Woodstock was awarded a Livable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, which will provide funding to help improve the Highway 92 Corridor east of Interstate 575, city officials said.
Patti Hart, city of Woodstock planner and manager of the Highway 92 Corridor LCI project, invited community members to the first of three public input meetings to be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center.
“One of the greatest things about the LCI process and the requirements is a lot of community involvement,” Hart said. “We hope to come out of the public meetings with a vision for that Highway 92 Corridor that really is reflective of the community’s desire.”
Hart said the goal of the meeting Tuesday is to find out from residents, “what they’d like to see in that area, what they want changed, and what they want preserved.”
The second meeting will be more hands-on, Hart said, allowing community members to help design concepts for the project.
“From there, the consultants and staff will take all that information and put it into a final plan,” Hart explained. “A firm idea of the community vision.”
The second meeting will take place Sept. 23, and a final meeting is tentatively planned for November.
Hart said the Highway 92 Corridor area was selected for the LCI grant project because of many factors.
“The Highway 92 Corridor area, within the boundaries of the study area, tends to be an area where you imagine yourself driving through but not really stopping and looking at what’s around,” Hart said. “When you exit 575 onto Highway 92 and you’re traveling along that section, you’d really have no idea by traveling and looking around that there’s a great downtown just down the street.”
Hart said this latest LCI project is an extension of the original LCI project that began in 2000 in downtown Woodstock.
“The downtown was developed, and what you see today is a direct result of the original LCI, and we’d really like to continue the success and create this area as a gateway to downtown,” Hart said. “It won’t compete with downtown … but it will have some of those elements that were so thoughtful in what went into our downtown.”
Hart said she hopes residents, community members and business owners show up at the meeting to listen and share their ideas.
“It really is all about the public and community vision,” she said. “We hope people are comfortable to come and give us their ideas.”
An online survey about the project is available now, and Hart said it is an easy way for residents to share their thoughts on the project.
The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWY92Corridor.