City of Tucker & Tucker-Northlake CID to Kick Off Downtown Master Plan Process
TUCKER, Ga. (November 15, 2018) – The City of Tucker, in cooperation with the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID), is launching its first-ever Downtown Master Plan process. The formal kickoff will come at a stakeholder meeting on November 27.
Even before Tucker became an incorporated city in 2016, visitors have flocked to the downtown area to enjoy shopping, special events and critically acclaimed restaurants. Tucker’s iconic Main Street has long been recognized as a destination that blends a modern urban aesthetic with the rich history for which the City is known. This Master Plan will seek to enhance all of that, while also examining new growth and development opportunities in the downtown area.
“This is a big opportunity for Tucker, especially from an economic development standpoint,” said John McHenry, Tucker’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “This master plan process will take a look at everything from the types of businesses we have to opportunities for residential growth, potential greenspace additions, parking, as well as how best to use our alleys. It also will include a market study to give the development community an idea of just what is needed in Tucker right now.”
The City of Tucker and Tucker-Northlake CID have contracted with local planning firm TSW to conduct the study. TSW has been involved in projects ranging from the Peachtree Corners Town Green to Cumming’s Vickery Village Center and Lawrenceville Lawn.
“We love downtown Tucker and we’re thrilled to partner with the City and TSW on a Master Plan,” said Tucker-Northlake CID Executive Director Matthew Lee. “We reviewed applications from nearly a dozen excellent firms and felt TSW had the experience and the creativity for a solid partnership.
“Downtown Tucker is the heart of the community and, as much as we love it, we’re just scratching the surface on its potential. We’re not the only ones who see it. The development community is already knocking at the door. A Downtown Master Plan puts commercial property owners and the City in a better position to respond. That’s why TSW is reaching out to individual property owners early in the process. The plan will be their plan just as much as the City’s and that’s exciting.”
The City, CID and TSW will host a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday November 27 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Tucker’s First Baptist Church. The meeting is open to the public and downtown property owners – both commercial and residential – will be asked to give input.
Tucker was founded as a community in 1892, but it wasn’t until a referendum in November 2015 that it began the path to formal cityhood. Now in its third year as an incorporated city, Tucker provides Code Enforcement, Planning and Zoning, as well as Parks and Recreation services. All other services come through intergovernmental agreements with DeKalb County.
The Tucker-Northlake CID is a public-private partnership, formed as the Tucker CID in 2013 and expanding to include Northlake businesses in 2014, that aims to enhance commercial corridors and Main Street in Tucker. One of just 27 Community Improvement Districts in the Atlanta region, the organization leverages business and government investment to increase the economic value in the community. They accomplish that by improving accessibility, connecting people and places, facilitating robust economic development and providing a clean, attractive and safe community.